Kobe Bryant had something to prove last night as he stepped on the floor at Staples Center, after his poor shooting performance in Denver that resulted in him going 6-28, that he knows how to play this game: His Way! After all the criticism he took for not getting the ball inside more when his shot was obviously off, Bryant responding by taking the first shot of the game, and making it. Kobe would actually finish the game shooting 50% on 14-29 with 37pts/8rbs/6asst. The pain in that right wrist is still evident though on a lot of trips down the floor, where you can see Bryant wincing from the pain or simply rotating it continually. As a Laker fan we get so spoiled, because Kobe never complains about his injury, he just shows up for work day in and day out. I asked myself why his legacy on the court is marred with success that’s usually played through injury? But I guess everyone has their legacy that they will live. How much greater when people realize that he not only played when sick (flu) but with torn ligaments, bad knees, & ankles on his way to his 6th championship.
Now on to the “INKREDIBLE BYNUM” (a nickname given to him by a fan). Every since his return he has averaged 24pts/15rbs. Bynum has started this season healthy and in the best shape of his life. Well minus being winded, but that’s because he was suspended for the first 4 games. But with that being said, imagined when he has his full game legs under him. There is no doubt that Andrew is the 2nd best center in the NBA behind Dwight Howard, but that’s only because of Howards defensive prowess. However on the offensive end, in my opinion Andrew is head and shoulders above Superman. Which is why I would not trade Gasol & Bynum for D12. The big fella recorded his first 20/20 game of his career last night with 21pts/22rbs. The most important part to me is that his teammates wanted to see him get it. I won’t beat a dead horse, saying that I’m good with keeping Bynum because I believe his worse health days are behind him..why? Because he has officially become dedicated to the game. No more coming into the season out of shape! He is slowly becoming Kobe’s dream center. Remember that was Kobe’s knock on Shaq every year, the way he came into camp. Playing like this, Kobe will make sure that the Big Fella get’s to eat as much as he wants, as long as he not stealing it from the the Mamba cage…lol.