Before the game, the Lakers were introduced to Allene Wynn, a 105 year old Lakers fan. Kobe Bryant promised he'd go out and put on a show for her, and he did... though I'm not sure it was the one he intended. Still, it had a happy ending, because though Bryant missed 18 of his first 20 shots, 21 was all net.
Lakers win 88-85 over a bunch of guys wearing New Orleans Hornets uniforms, in a wholly unsatisfying 48 minutes of Saturday afternoon basketball. What followed, however, was a wholly satisfying 21 minutes of Lakers Late Night, in which we talked at length about...
Another in a recent stretch of rocky games for a team whose home record isn't quite as good as it appears. Mike Brown indicated after he thought the win was a testament to team grit and determination. We respectfully disagree.
Kobe's shot selection wasn't bad... so why did he miss so much? Fatigue is as good a guess as any (especially since he said as much after the game). We dissect Brown's postgame comments on the topic, plus ask what can be done to solve the problem.
A great clip shot after the game referencing the game winner -- see below -- in which Bryant almost perfectly articulates over about 55 seconds the world view making him who he is, from the undeniably brilliant to the periodically frustrating.
Bryant, on the game winner, and his outlook on basketball, competition, and more:
More below from Kobe, and Mike Brown.
Kobe on the game, fatigue, and more on the last shot:
Kobe on Allene Wynn:
Brown on Kobe's minutes:
Brown, on the Hornets game: