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!
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.