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#1 Tensai

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Posted June 24, 2014 - 10:19 PM

LOS ANGELES — Considering how much work it takes to leap from great to truly historic, a legend is made more than he is born.

 

Truth be told, the two are interconnected. A legend fits his field naturally, and all that work gets done because he simply loves doing it.

 

The romance of the story is rooted in the same place: He was meant to be this, to do this…and become that legend.

With how well and how long Kobe Bryant has played basketball, he is a natural.

 

It is too soon to go all sepia tone in rendering Bryant's career while he primes for yet another adversity-overcoming, critic-answering season. But Bryant's last chapter is unfolding, and the Lakers must plot their future and hunt their next headliner.

 

They have spent much of the past six months since Bryant last played, and especially the past two months, dedicated to draft preparation, angling for a high first-round pick who can be a true star.

 

The Lakers, so lame without an injured Bryant that they landed the No. 7 overall pick (their highest draft spot in 32 years), brought in high-end prospects they almost never get to work out in their home gym. They measured, studied and challenged them to gather as much intel as possible.

 

And then Jim Buss went up to former Kentucky forward Julius Randle after his workout a week ago, shook his hand and looked into his eyes. Mitch Kupchak did the same to former Arizona forward Aaron Gordon three days later. Maybe they saw something in those eyes that clicked, something that will make this draft a certainty instead of guesswork, something so undeniable that the moment will someday become memorable.

 

Only one time in Lakers history did that happen.

 

It was Jerry West's predraft workout of Bryant in 1996.

 

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Posted June 24, 2014 - 10:37 PM

Just Gordon and Randle eh? 

 

 

 

Smart got one too. 


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Posted June 24, 2014 - 10:45 PM

Ryan West is Jerry's son, nine months younger than Bryant. Ryan was at the workout, actually, accompanying his dad and finding enjoyment in being around what his dad loved. (It's an even fuller circle now: Maxwell Kupchak, 17, has been hanging out and taking in all the workouts his dad has been watching this year.)



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Posted June 24, 2014 - 11:41 PM

i heard kobe only shot 10/26 38% FG on his predraft workout... bust /sarcasm

 

 

 

"Kobe was just posting up and taking that turnaround jump shot that he still makes all the time to this day, hitting that fadeaway from 16-17 feet," Ridder said. "He must've hit 10 or 12 of them in a row at one point. It was breathtaking to watch a kid do that. He had no regard for this being Michael Cooper."

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Posted June 25, 2014 - 05:49 AM

Coop was ahead of my time but I heard he was a Legendary Defender. I'm so lucky to have Kobe & Jordan in my lifetime

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Posted June 25, 2014 - 05:52 AM

Just Gordon and Randle eh?




Smart got one too.

Lol @ Lavine tryna catch Mitch's attention with that noise

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Posted June 25, 2014 - 06:11 AM

Coop was ahead of my time but I heard he was a Legendary Defender. I'm so lucky to have Kobe & Jordan in my lifetime

Think a thinner, quicker Kawhi...but coop had some serious ankle sprains or maybe even an achilles thing at the end of his laker career so i dont know how mobile he was by then. But he guarded 1-3 with no problem back in the day.


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Posted June 25, 2014 - 01:01 PM

Think a thinner, quicker Kawhi...but coop had some serious ankle sprains or maybe even an achilles thing at the end of his laker career so i dont know how mobile he was by then. But he guarded 1-3 with no problem back in the day.


I hear that Pat Riley's practices were harder than the games that's why everybody got hurt & they didn't Threepeat

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