You know what ticks me off more than our Lakers melting down and losing Game 4? It’s the media coverage after the game. Ugh! Please take this with a very small grain of salt, it’s a rumor after all…
HOOPSWORLD: The big question on everyone’s minds is whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers are finished following their historic collapse in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Rumors of Kobe Bryant steaming around the Lakers’ facilities threatening to get people traded are running rampant and Phil Jackson cancelled practice on Friday to give his team some time to rest – mentally as well as physically.
Apparently what really chapped Bryant’s . . .umm . . .lips was the commentary from Kevin Garnett following Game 4. Not that KG said anything we don’t already know; he simply pointed out that Kobe looks to get his teammates involved in the first half, then tries to take over in the second half. We’ve seen it time and time again in postseason play. How many games has Kobe been under 10 points at the half, inspiring commentators to verbally wonder when he’ll get going. It wasn’t that he couldn’t get going, it was that he was trying to get his teammates going. Kobe doesn’t need to warm up – he’s ready to go from the opening tip.
The inference being made (with that sly Phil Jackson smile) is that KG’s comments made Kobe so angry that he’s really going to come out and show us something in Game 5.
What that says to me is that Kobe’s going to score 50 and the Celtics will win the championship on their opponent’s home court.
It’s not the refs who need to extend this series, it’s the Kobe Bryant and his LA Lakers.