Pivot Points: Kobe Bryant Goes from Exasperated to Exalted

December 16th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
I guess there is a reason Kobe Bryant makes millions playing basketball, while I make nothing trying to decipher his motives and reasons for his different actions on the court.

In a complete about-face from his awful shooting display in Utah on Saturday night, Bryant poured in a season-high 42 points against the Chicago Bulls, and rendered my previous assumptions an exercise in foolishness.

Kobe followed his dismal 7-24 shooting night against the Jazz with a 15-26 gem, which saw Bryant score a remarkable 20 points in the first quarter, on a wide variety of shots that covered every angle of the court.

I questioned Kobe's shot selection in the Lakers' earlier loss, but I am now led to believe that Bryant was just gauging his range of motion with his broken finger, and his 8-12 first quarter shooting performance bears that out. 

In hindsight, Kobe's sublime performance was much needed because his teammates were engaged in a session of role-reversal for much of the evening against the Bulls.

All of the things that make Los Angeles special escaped its grasp for the majority of Tuesday night's game except for the brilliance ...

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