On one side of the floor, a man worked silently on a deadly fadeaway jumper on the blocks with beads of sweat dripping down his face past a deep scowl. His extreme focus was the only emotion one could draw from the lack of facial expressions just moments from tipoff. This type of pregame warm-up is usually reserved for Game 7 of the NBA Finals but on this night, Kobe Bryant was preparing for game No. 62 in what figures to be another title run for the two-time defending champs.
Directly across the court stood a bright-eyed 23-year old overflowing with excitement to square off against the greatest NBA player over the last decade. For Wolves rookie Wes Johnson, the encounter was a stark contrast to a relationship that began prior to the 2010-11 season. During this home clash between the Wolves and Lakers, Bryant played the role of foe and his clear objective was to demolish Minnesota on its home floor, regardless of any bond created this past summer.
After reading this I wonder if Kobe is recruiting Wesley. Obi-Wan Kobe.