This video was so inspiring. Thinking all the things Kobe and those Lakers went thorough (especially Kobe) after Colorado scandal, humiliation by Pistons, departure of Shaq and Phil, missing playoffs... 05/06 season proved to be the moment we came alive. Even with the underdog status.
Last couple of seasons, the drama filled LA saw its peak as two-time defending champions got swept, Phil retired, we lost our beloved owner and saw perhaps one of the most bizarre seasons ever last season with all the injury troubles and Dwightmare 2.0. I can't help but notice the similarities between 05/06 and 13/14. The organization seems to be on a soft ground, the media evaluates us in a position hard to recover. Fans are harshly criticizing the front office and team's one and only star.
At this moment I can only return to Kobe to save this team. I believe in him eventhough he is no longer in his prime. In aftermath of his injury, the doctors predicted a timetable of 6-9 months for an injury that normally ends players' careers. So-called pundits commented Kobe would never be same even if he recovers fully. But as I'm witnessing a history with him going all the trouble to come back for the season opener, searching for the ultimate possibilities the medicine has to offer, I can't quit on him. (German wonder did just fine last season) And I don't know if there are people who wouldn't be moved by it.
This time he doesn't have to do it all alone. He has Pau, not Kwame. He has Nash, not Smush. And bunch of guys who want to prove themselves.
Anyway, enjoy the video and relive the history.