Now from that title you are looking at I know you must be thinking that there is no way that the title is real. Well, I have come to tell you that you that it is surprisingly real. Exhibit A: Friday January 25th 2013, Utah Jazz vs. Lakers, Assists Leader: Kobe Bryant 14 assists. Exhibit B: Sunday January 27th 2013, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Lakers, Assists Leader: Kobe Bryant 14 assists. I’m starting to see a pattern. Exhibit C: Tuesday January 29th 2013, New Orleans Hornets vs. Lakers, Assists Leader: Kobe Bryant 11 assists. By the way, in all three of the Lakers games, against the Jazz, Thunder, and Hornets, Kobe had 11 or more assists and they won all three of these games. I think that either Steve Nash told him something or he finally figured out what he has to do to help the Lakers win some games and so far it is working. Also, he got double-doubles in all three of these games with points and assists. However, he was not sleeping on the boards either; he ended up with 9 rebounds against Utah, 9 rebounds against the Thunder, and 8 rebounds against the Hornets. He has been doing incredible!
Many people who have heard or seen Kobe do these phenomenal performances are saying to compare him to the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. I can agree with that, if he had done this for 20 to 30 games! I mean, I know it is impressive that he has nearly gotten three triple-doubles in the last 3 games, but he still has to prove that he has become a different person than we remember him being. You cannot just have a rookie join the NBA and get 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists in one of the games in his young career and compare him to Magic Johnson getting triple-doubles. Right? I know that Kobe is not just “some rookie”, but he still needs to prove more that he has changed. After he does that, then, we could get Kobe into the Magic Johnson triple-double conversation.
Now I liked Kobe the way he was before hitting all these ridiculous shots and doing something that we all will never forget, scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22nd, 2006. However, I do not think that those crazy, insane numbers will come from Kobe ever again. Anyway, the Lakers are currently, starting on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, will be going on a 7 game road trip starting in Phoenix. I think they can win all 7 games if Kobe plays the way he is playing right now. The biggest thing about this is that they need to win these games because their record is 20-25 and they are 10th in the Western Conference which means that they are not in the playoffs right now and the Lakers know that they should have a playoff seed and I believe that they will fight to try and get that seed.
Anyway, back to Kobe. If he keeps this basketball where he is playing like a teammate, he can be considered as one of the top five players in all of basketball and could, once again, take the Lakers far in the playoffs. But the big question is: Can Kobe Bryant keep up the passing? Find out on ESPN at 10:30 PM ET on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 when the L.A. Lakers play the Phoenix Suns. Let’s see what he can do! Thanks for reading!
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Knicks have their last battle of the regular season against the Nets at Madison Square Garden at 3:00 PM. The last time that these two teams played together at the Garden was on December 19th, back in 2012. Now it is 2013 and the Nets are doing great to start off the New Year only losing one game! That’s stupendous! The Knicks, however, have not been looking very good getting their first three game losing streak while having Mike Woodson as head coach during the regular season. I still think though that the Knicks and Nets will play some phenomenal basketball.
In my opinion, I think that Carmelo Anthony will easily hit 30. The reason I say that Carmelo will get 30 points because against the Nets he averages 37 points per game. Here is how many points he scored in each of the battles: Part I: 35 points, Part II: 45 points, Part III: 31 points. I’m saying: Part IV: 30 or more points. This game should definitely be a very rough one, but still a close game. I believe that it might come down to the very final shot, maybe even at the buzzer of the 4th quarter. Just like Parts I and II of the battle. Part I: Overtime Thriller as Nets hold on to win 96-89, Part II: Jason Kidd hits a three pointer and the foul with around 15 seconds left, misses the free throw, but the Nets could not tie the game, Knicks win 100-97, Part III: Knicks win in blow out 100-86. As you can see, it will be rough, for neither team has gotten one point more than 100 in all three battles. That is some good defense and hustle! Raymond Felton will not play in the game because he fractured his right pinky finger on Christmas Day against the Lakers.
Next up are the matchups. They are: Point Guards: Jason Kidd vs. Deron Williams. I think that it will be tough for D-Will to score on Jason Kidd because Kidd has an extremely high basketball I.Q. However, I think Deron Williams will win this matchup because he has speed over the 38 year old Jason Kidd. Also, as being one of the rising stars in the NBA, Deron Williams can hit contested shots over Kidd. In my opinion, the point guard matchup goes to the Nets. Shooting Guards: Iman Shumpert vs. Joe Johnson. I think that Iman Shumpert will play great defense on Joe Johnson, but has still not fully recovered from his big injury yet, so I think the shooting guard matchup goes to the Nets, as well. Small Forwards: Chris Copeland vs. Gerald Wallace. I know that most people are going to disagree with me on this, but I think Copeland wins this matchup. Chris Copeland shoots with such confidence over defenders and makes it in. He also has had about 4 or 5 games this year where he started and got 20 or more points. Gerald Wallace, on the other hand, gets injured way too much. That’s why they call him CRASH! In my opinion, the small forward matchup goes to the Knicks. Power Forwards: Carmelo Anthony vs. Kris Humphries. This is probably the easiest choice to make and I have got to go with Carmelo. I think this matchup goes to the Knicks. Centers: Tyson Chandler vs. Brook Lopez. I think that Brook Lopez is really overrated and Tyson Chandler is clearly better. The centers matchup goes to the Knicks.
I think and hope that the Knicks win. I think that the Knicks can win the season series against the Nets as 3 wins and 1 loss.
I cannot wait to see this game Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, Nets vs. Knicks. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day and please comment!
On Monday, when the Knicks were facing the Celtics at the Garden, Jared Sullinger drove the lane and got stripped. It ended up being the Knicks ball. Sounds normal, right? Nope. As soon as that happened, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett started talking crazy trash to each other. It was not the first time in the game that that had happened. It was, however, the first time that the refs had reacted to it.
The ref called a double technical. One on Carmelo, and one on KG. Carmelo during the game, said that he would see Kevin Garnett after the game. And he was not kidding! He was at the Celtics bus after the game trying to find Kevin Garnett. Garnett eventually came, and they both began, once again, to talk trash. Now, the NBA gave Carmelo a one game suspension because he went to the Celtics bus and tried to find KG. However, the NBA did not give Kevin Garnett a suspension. Here is what I tweeted when I first heard he got suspended...
In my opinion, I absolutely agree that Carmelo should be suspended, but I think that KG should have been suspended as well. I mean, even though Carmelo started it, they both kept it up. So, shouldn’t they both have suspensions?? Anyway, that is the past. The game that Carmelo is going to be suspended for is the game against the Pacers on January 10th at 7:30 PM. This is a game that I would not want Carmelo to miss, but you have to pay the price.
So, Carmelo should not have gone to the Celtics bus to talk with KG. It’s simple, he shouldn’t have done it. I love how he shows that he has so much passion for the game, but he needs to keep it on the court, not off the court. It was really not a good move for him, the sport of basketball, and the NBA. It really is just unnecessary. Anyway, I hope the Knicks can prevail in the game, Thursday, against the Pacers. Knicks against Pacers, no Melo, no Felton. GOOD LUCK NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS!!!
After 16 years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is feeling old. Or at least he is feeling that way about his team. The black mamba was quoted recently complaining that his team is old and tired and that is why they are losing games. Now, I may have let him slide if there weren’t other teams out there to prove him wrong. I think that age is not as important as attitude. Maybe, that is something that Kobe should think about.
This is why. In the pre-season, I was worried about the age of the Knicks squad. I thought it was a doomed season because of the numerous veteran players acquired by the Knicks and their old age by NBA standards. Thankfully, I was wrong. What I learned is experience counts. And it counts a lot! The mature squad of the Knicks is now second in the Eastern conference and first in the Atlantic division. They have better records than much younger teams, such as the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic.
And don’t forget back in 2008, the Boston Celtics, who were considered old after acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, went 66 and 16 and had the best single season improvement getting 42 more wins from the previous year. They also won the Championship that year!
I like Kobe a lot. In fact, he is one of my favorite players but I think he needs to look beyond age for any problems that his team may be having. For example, the Knicks have more than 126 years of NBA experience with their current squad versus the Lakers 106 years of NBA experience. It seems to be working for the Knicks, so maybe it is time for Kobe to grow up a little.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.