You may not like it, but all is well with Bryant, Lakers

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  1. hockeys_da_best

    hockeys_da_best New Member

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    You may not like it, but all is well with Bryant, Lakers

    By Dennis L. Silva
    April 18, 2006


    They hate it.

    All of them. All the people who doubted him, all the people who said he would never win without Shaquille O'Neal, all the people who said the Michael Jordan comparisons were ludicrous.

    They're loathing every moment of this year. They hate every point scored and every win tallied.

    Well, look at him now.

    A 44-37 record. Seventh seed in the Western Conference; 35.4 points per contest; 44.9 percent shooting from the floor. For every turnover, 11 points have been recorded in the scorebook.

    He proved them wrong. He did what they doubted he could -- took a team of one enigma and marginal role players, and turned it into a playoff participant a mere two seasons after, arguably, the greatest center in the game's history had shed the purple and gold.

    And it only gets worse from here.

    Those who said he can't, those who said he won't, now see what the rest of the basketball world sees.

    A team that likes to play with each other. A team that relies upon Kobe Bryant. A team that (gasp!) Bryant has grown to trust and believe in.

    A team that consists of Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown and Luke Walton. A team that's starting point guard averaged nine minutes per night in 16 games last season.

    A team that will end up with a better regular-season record than the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

    Today, All is Well

    Gone are the distractions. Colorado is hardly ever mentioned, with the exception of when the Lakers face off against the Nuggets.

    The Jackson-Bryant soap opera that was supposed to consume newspaper headlines? Nonexistent.

    Internal struggles between teammates angry over Bryant's perceived ball-hogging? Either it has no validity or players have done an admirable job of keeping such fish feed away from the piranhas of the major media.

    Everything is back to normal in Laker-land.

    Fans come in droves, anticipating the next Bryant scoring spree. Circumstances have become so gross that a 35-point night has become an off night for Bryant -- yet an outing worthy of ESPN mention for the likes of Tim Duncan, LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.

    Ah, yes, but isn't this why they hate it?

    Isn't this why they recycle material, bringing up Colorado or resurrecting the notion that he was responsible for the downfall of what could have been the greatest dynasty in NBA lore?

    And, yet, they still hate it.

    They always will.
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  3. Bash

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    Dennis L. Silva (whoever dat is) is 100% correct
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  4. ILLnSkILLz

    ILLnSkILLz New Member

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    i think Kobe gets off on thinkin its him vs the world...

    But when you think about it, half the world loves kobe, so its really not that much.

    I dont like him, but I respect his game, i respect the fact that he can score at will. Fact is though, not everyone hates him, they overplayin that to death. For every kobe hater here there are about 2 or 3 on his nuts.
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  5. Final Chapta

    Final Chapta End of Story

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    i thought win was meant as .. winning a championship ..

    .. considering the past years WITH shaq
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  6. Ed E Brock

    Ed E Brock RM's version of this guy

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    ^Yeah, but then why doesn't anyone say "shaq cant win without kobe"?

    because shaq's rusty ass sure isn't winning a championship.

    but he's winning games.






    Kobe's the savior of the NBA. He's the only person casual fans care to watch.
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  7. Brahman

    Brahman Mel Van Peebles

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    why would these people hate it?

    all of those things still stand lol



    rippy, shaq out of his prime still came within an inch of the finals with he and his sidekick both being slowed by injury

    the shaq kobe had would definitely be able to win championships without kobe
    the kobe shaq had would definitely not

    kobe's actually gotten better since the three-peat, and look at how hard it is for him
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  8. MyKe SeaN

    MyKe SeaN Paula Deen is my hero.

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    ^^Look at his team bitch. They basically brought in a whole new L.A squad cocksucker. When Shaq went to Miami, they were already STACKED. Most of the Kobe haters hate him cause he screwed that lil white bitch in Colorado. True Basketball Fans respect him and love him for what he's done ON THE COURT. And the dude is right. After Kobe scored 80, 35 became an off-night for him. The Lakers are a young team and will only improve. Kobe is only 27. If he plays until 40, he'll definitely be the All-Time Scoring Leader....Sorry Kareem
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  9. Brahman

    Brahman Mel Van Peebles

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    look at his team? what team? you mean the one that was just as good without him as they were with him last year and that looked their worst without odom? or, this season, the one that looked worse when odom missed two games than when kobe missed two games?

    please. kb8 is a phenomenal individual talent, but he hasn't shown he is much of a value-added commodity to the lakers' production.

    i'll leave you with this scripture from the brahman nba gospel

    stop overrating his positive impact to the team's success
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  10. G-Rob da great

    G-Rob da great Fear moondog.

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    Please. It would be greatly appreciated.
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  11. double ML

    double ML Guest

    all will be well after the laker's first round exit
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  12. MyKe SeaN

    MyKe SeaN Paula Deen is my hero.

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    The Lakers would be nothing with-out Kobe. Are you saying Odom is better than Kobe now? Get the fuck outta here!
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  13. TeKneeK

    TeKneeK The Heart and Soul of RM

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    u the same wanna-be asian that thought lakers wouldnt make it to the playoffs..


    u have no right to reply threads..

    shut ur bald headed ass up.


    this article is thorough 100%
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  14. MyKe SeaN

    MyKe SeaN Paula Deen is my hero.

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    ^^lol, Thats whats up. I dont know why these non-athletic cornballs hate on Kobe so much. Kobe is GREAT FOR THE NBA!
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  15. TeKneeK

    TeKneeK The Heart and Soul of RM

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    kobe showed the world why he's MVP.... anybody that bashes are just straightup kobe haters.....

    let em rant...


    he's had the same nucleus last year but did it this year by uppin his game and making everybody good around him..

    look at odom and brown...


    why would a hater claim he knows more than we do about the lakers when were the ones watching them night in and night out..

    idiots like DOUBLE ML can only say half of it.... all laker games ain being shown around the world..... double jus needs to go polish his lil gun..
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  16. the Prince

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    double ml's toothbrush > tekneek's existence
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  17. ILLnSkILLz

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    Well seeing how there hasnt really been a game without Kobe shooting so much and scoring so much..... you can't really say that they wouldnt win without him doing it. They didnt look too bad against the jazz when he was out tho. 2 good games.

    If anything, they looked just as bad if not worse losing to the bobcats n hornets when odom wasnt there.

    No, odom isnt better than kobe. But odom's ability to make plays and facilitate for his teammates make it a lot easier on all the lakers (kobe included), + all the extra possessions he provides with rebounding.
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  18. Bash

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    realest shit ever said
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  19. Cigma

    Cigma Maxwell's Demon

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    Kobe commands double and triple teams, and guys still can't make open shots.

    And I'm not going to forget when the Lakers had the game won against Sacramento, with 2 posessions to go, up by 5 points, and Lamar Odom charges into a Kings (what the hell?) player with 17 seconds left on the shot clock. The funny thing was, that he had just sunk an open three (with an assist from Kobe Bryant) and people were giving him high 5's, and then he pulls that stupid shit.

    All that fool had to do was hold the ball. What happened? The Kings sunk back to back threes, sent the game into overtime and won the game.

    Lamar was doing that for at LEAST the first half of the season. I don't remember who posted it, but they gave an excellant account of how Lamar was playing.

    Now, as Lamar has improved with his decision making and understanding of the offense, Kobe is getting help. But without Kobe doing what he does and his teamates trying to find their way (Kobe can't make them undestand the triangle offense better) the Lakers are in the lottery.

    How can you take away anything from Kobe - when he put this team on his back and took them to the playoffs? He shoots too much... well it fucking worked didn't it? Who would you rather have shooting, Lamar? Sasha? Luke?

    You can argue hypotheticals all you want, but I see results. If Kobe did this and they lost a ton of games, then maybe you guys would have a point.

    But obviously it didn't hurt the Lakers when they made the playoffs on a team a lot of people didn't expect to make it. And the only reason some people gave them a chance was because of... you guess it! Kobe Bryant.

    Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm... - that's a horrid starting line-up. But you throw in Kobe Bryant and they're a 7th seed in the Best err West.
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  20. double ML

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    why the fuck is william hung's overweight stunt double tryin' to talk shit?

    i said the same shit last year. lakers wouldn't make the playoffs.
    and they BARELY made this year. wasn't til like the next to last game they clinched a spot. and they will get swept first round.


    ^^why is another overweight assclown tryin' to talk shit?

    double= been athletic since a baby crawlin' the 40 yd dash[stubby]

    kobe's a great individual player, but does nothin' to make a team better.

    and double doesn't hate. double speaks the truth and ppl hate on that.



    ^^real talk.
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