Pivot Points: His Name Is Kobe Bryant, But You Can Call Him Mr. Clutch

December 5th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
This one, was definitely for the haters. Last night Kobe Bryant capped a brilliant fourth quarter performance with a 28 foot, bomb released just as time expired, while drifting left at the top of the key. The ball tipped off the glass, fell through the net, and the game was over.

It was really an amazing shot, and it sent Los Angeles Laker fans into a frenzy, and dealt a formidable blow to the legions of "Kobe Doubters" that exist in the stratosphere.

For them that shot had to be like a quick punch to the gut, because it momentarily took the wind out of what has become the vogue thing to do when regarding Kobe Bryant and his "clutch player" status.

Various media-types, fans, and pundits have been using statistics to proclaim that Bryant's image as a closer is an illusion, and that there are far more players in the league that are more clutch than he is.

There are websites that can give you each number of times that Bryant took a shot in the closing moments of a game, and the regularity in which he converted those attempts into points.

The numbers are accurate, but what is lost in the coldness of the digits is the memorab ...

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