Los Angeles Lakers: Bruce Willis

Hornets 108, Lakers 100: One Moment

March, 29, 2010
3/29/10
9:38
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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With 8:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lakers down by 87-72, KCAL sideline reporter/710 ESPN's John Ireland busted out a surprising sideline interview: Bruce Willis! That's right. John McClane himself, in the Big Easy to film a movie. Willis was enjoying courtside seats via the generosity of Hornets owner George Shinn. And judging by the easy-breezy vibe, he also seemed to be enjoying everything N'Awlins has to offer.

I'm not saying the man definitely indulged in a few Seagram's Golden Wine Coolers. I'm just not entirely comfortable proclaiming he hadn't.

At any rate, the chat initially felt like little more than than a random oddity involving a celebrity at a Lakers game outside the confines of Staples Center. A new twist on a familiar sight. Good for a few "Hey, it's a loopy Bruce Willis!" tweets from Lakers fans and basketball scribes, but nothing of actual consequence.

Then came a reverse layup by D.J. Mbenga off a gorgeous feed from Jordan Farmar. Two possessions later, Ron Artest cans a J. A little more than a minute passes and Lamar Odom hits one of two free throws after David West fouls him upon corralling an offensive board. A few more minutes, Farmar takes a rebound coast-to-coast and gets sent to the line by West while sinking a layup. The freebie is no good, but Kobe Bryant is there for the putback.

9-0 run for the Lakers, now back in the contest with 5:42 to go, and the Internet going bonkers about the power of a festive Bruce Willis. Darius Songaila snaps the purple and gold run with a 22-foot jumper, but it's quickly met with a three-ball from Farmar. I sent a Tweet about Willis getting the game ball if the Lakers somehow prevailed. And for one brief, delusional second, it felt like Demi's ex might walk away with a Spalding.

Unfortunately, a tough, twisting fadeaway from West, two dry Laker chances, then Songaila's putback of a West miss (no box out whatsoever) brought everything back to Earth in a hurry. The seemingly inevitable wasn't about to reverse course.

Nor should anybody really have expected it to, least of all the Lakers.

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Kobe Bryant on his knee: "I'm Bruce Willis, I'm fine."

December, 23, 2009
12/23/09
9:08
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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I can only assume he's referencing "Die Hard," "Pulp Fiction," or even the underrated "Fifth Element" Bruce Willis, not "Bonfire of the Vanities," Seagram's Wine Cooler commercial Bruce Willis. The latter two? Not so tough.

Either way, though, a) Kobe Bryant says he's fine after tweaking his left knee in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's 111-108 win over the Thunder at Staples, and b) it's always interesting to hear him shoot down any conversation at all about health problems. Nobody stays on point about physical issues better than Kobe. There will be no complaining, end of story.



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