Since the dawn of time their have been heroes, average men or women with an above average ability for greatness. When King Leonidas of Sparta took his guardsmen of 300 strong into the battle of Thermopylae, he saw them revel under his brilliance and majesty as they conquered 20,000 Persians before succumbing to inevitable defeat at the hands of the tyrant Xerxes. Today more than 2,000 years later we again see a similar scene of voyage for glory.
Kobe Bryant must command his troops to victory against the powers that be that currently hold the gold in the NBA. However the politicians of the Laker organization have shown very little patronage towards their King. Their efforts have been futile and for that Kobe hath been forced to battle the masses with a sub par lineup of soldiers.
Alas the time of reckoning is at hand, the politicians must forge an adequate band of personnel to ensure Kobe’s conquest for eternal glory. This off season, there have whispers of union between Kobe and another valiant warrior from the East. It has been said that such unification would bring about a squad capable of dethroning the current champions. As such they would pledge their lives to the grandeur of the great city Los Angeles.
And so we wait, and wonder, just who is this brave soul from the East that is prepared to offer his services to our liege Kobe Bryant?
In recent weeks we may have unearthed that answer. He is a man that stands distinguished amongst the NBA elite, a man whose reputation of stellar play precedes itself, a man so well renowned he is known simply as J-O. Now in the prime of his career, like Kobe Bryant, seeks splendor in the face of adversity. He has seen soldiers fall to age and the peril of injury and trade. And realizes the window of opportunity will soon fade unless a change is made. Jermaine O’Neal then journeys to the City of Angels.
Flash to next season; combine the reckless dominance of the interior by Jermaine O’Neal, with the masterful supremacy of the perimeter by Kobe Bryant, and there are the makings of a dynasty. In the end the valor will be ours, the Laker faithful, those who stood by their King and his promise of victory till the very end. And we will one day tell our children of the miracle we had witnessed. A tale of a King who received his support and went on to prevail in the quest for an elusive championship ring, achieving triumph as any true hero would.