People act like @KingJames didn’t average 27, 9, 8 on the season and take the Lakers to fourth seed in the West before the injury. Not to mention having a 51 point game, 44 point game, 42 point game, etc. 👀🐐👑
Magic on Brandon Ingram today on First Take: “Brandon Ingram put together a 10 game stretch, he was unstoppable. The things that I thought he could do, he did ‘em in those 10 games. I’m tellin’ you Molly, this guy is special. He guarded Kyrie Irving one night, he’s on Kevin Durant another night; so you can play him on different guys. He is special. Now, he’s healthy, I’m glad that surgery went well.”
OKC was 6th seed. How are these 3 the finalists? Giannis and Harden no doubt, but Paul George? Kawhi was 2nd seed. Lillard was 3rd seed. Steph. KD. Even Jokic. Even embiid. There are so many players more deserving than Paul George to finish top 3 for MVP 🤦♂️
Excerpt from Pau Gasol’s writing in The Players Tribune that came out today: Nobody is quite like Kobe. His combination of talent and will to win is like nothing I’ve seen in my career. I’ll tell you a short story: I remember showing up at the Lakers’ training camp in 2012, after a summer playing for Spain at the London Olympics. Kobe and Team USA had beaten us in the gold medal round a few weeks before. In the time after the Olympics and before training camp, I had been resting my body. On the first day of camp, I remember that Kobe challenged me to a game of one-on-one after practice. And because he knew that playing the post was my thing, he demanded that the game be in the post only. I couldn’t turn down the challenge. I was in O.K. shape, but my body was still recovering from the summer. Kobe wouldn’t let me refuse, so we played. He was talking trash. So I tried to hold my ground by talking back a little. Kobe was not messing around — he was ready to beat me. So I tried to match his energy. But no matter what I did, he was not going to take it easy on me. I remember I was like, “Kobe, relax. The season’s just starting, I’m still getting my legs back. Relax.” One day in the future, maybe I’ll tell you who won that game. Actually, screw it, you know who won. I like this story because I think it tells you a lot about how Kobe approached the game. He never let himself get out of shape. He was always ready to go, and he demanded that everybody else be on the same page. I don’t believe that Kobe ever took a break. It was championship mode, pure and simple. The six and a half years I played with Kobe were my best basketball years. I learned the most about my game, and a big reason was number 24.