Kobe Bryant’s Subtle Gesture Silences the Phoenix Suns

May 30th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant turned to Phoenix Suns' head coach Alvin Gentry after hitting a critical fadeaway jumper over Grant Hill, that was ridiculously well-defended, and gave him a light tap on the back side.

It was a sign of sportsmanship, respect, and a clear signal that the Los Angeles Lakers had just defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals.

Gentry had few words to describe Bryant's 37-point clutch performance or the Lakers 111-103 victory, and his silence is a definite change of course from the ill-timed comments which plagued the Suns for the majority of the series.

Steve Nash started the sound byte parade by hinting San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was a better coach than Lakers' coach Phil Jackson, when Jackson mentioned Nash's tendency to carry the ball.

I suspected Nash's words could back-fire on the Suns, and they did, to the tune of 128 Los Angeles Lakers' points in Game One, and a decisive victory to boot in a series where Phoenix were the decided underdogs.

Amar'e Stoudemire followed in Nash's footsteps when he said Lamar Odom's 19-point, 19-rebound performance in Game One was pu ...

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