Five years ago, this day was special to me. Not just me alone, but to many around the world. It was a time where people everywhere saw the birth of a dynasty, the birth of something bigger then a game, bigger then many expected.
It was about a team that transcended a sport, not just figuratively, but literally. The feeling of excitement, mixed with passion and enthusiasm.
Experiencing the nature of being a fan, an extraordinarily big fan whose hearts laid flat on the chest of a purple and gold jersey. The battles were ultimately won, with a dynamic duo that turned even the biggest doubters into believers.
The time has come folks, for the next superhero return of that very special duo that will shake the Nike shoes right off the feet of its opponents.
The time for change has arose, because for the past couple years, two men have survived through the agony of defeat, unconstructive criticism, pain of losing to the highest degree, and kept their heads held high like a true warrior should.
It’s time to combine the dual force into one, the KGB connection, the instincts of two souls bound for glory with one heart and one goal, to bring the NBA championship back to it’s rightful place, the city of Los Angeles, held high in the rafters of Staples Center.
The past recent experiences of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have been nearly identical in any aspect of the game. Both have dealt with losing, have teammates that don’t share the same killer instinct, been questioned about their leadership, and have been shun by growth of the new NBA standard, be it the new sidekick in Miami or the phenom who self proclaims himself as the “King.”
The only difference may be that Kobe has a hall of fame coach in Phil Jackson on his side, while many basketball enthusiast can’t even name the man whose running the show in Minnesota.
The experiences of Kobe far surpass anywhere Kevin has been in his hall of fame like career, yet the thought of Bryant holding up that championship trophy in a parade of over 100,000 fans on Figueroa Ave. seems so long ago, a distant memory of sorts, even discredited by NBA fans as “fool’s gold”.
The fact remains, you can never change the heart of a champion. The criticism only excels him to reach far and beyond his capabilities, and push ever so hard to prove the world wrong once again, without a condition or asterisk in its aura.
The big ticket has been anything but that with the Timberwolves. He’s content with the status quo and seems too loyal to demand a trade. His intentions are great for the fans in Minnesota, because the last thing they want is to see KG go. I’ll make it simple so everyone can picture how hard it would be. Pretend for a second that Kobe left the Lakers, ok, get the picture?
It isn’t easy for ticket buyers, but at this point in his career, maybe Kevin should reflect on himself, rather then worry about what everyone else is going to feel if he eventually asks to be moved. He took a pay cut to accommodate better teammates and that didn’t work out. He has quietly kept his mouth shut for the most part in regards to his displeasure with the organization. His demeanor on the court seems like one of an unhappy camper, you know, the man who’s forced to go watch a chick flick with his girlfriend, but is despising it for the entire two hours.
You want to make the best of the situation, until the fire burns out and the situation eventually turns into a burden.
That’s where Kevin’s mind frame has been lately, bounced from top five player a couple years ago, to barely being mentioned in the same breath as the younger stars who have stumped him as if he’s nothing less than an aging veteran. As loyal as he might be, it may be the time for him to step out the box and put his destiny in place, while sacrificing that very loyalty that has left him in the limbo he is currently stuck in. Nothing would please David Stern more than seeing his rating faltered NBA rise back to the top, and what other team, with any other superstars can get that done better then Kobe and KG?
I can’t begin to stress how hard it’s been for Lakers fans to stand by this team through the agony of defeat. It’s been a roller coaster ride, but nobody can deny that we are the most passionate fans in basketball, if not sports, and Chris Manning, Cameron Pashai, Jim Murdoc and this website solidify my sentiment.
Ever since entering the league in 1995 and 96, these two men have been part of a lost generation of basketball, stuck in between the retirement of his Airness, and the revolution that is the 2003 Draft.
With age, both men have become more wise in the sense that they will realize how much they really do need each other. If we the fans are stressing this, how bad do you think they want it to get done? I guarantee you if there is a possibility, both will welcome each other with open arms.
Kobe Bryant is a winner, Kevin Garnett is a winner. They may be two opposites on the basketball court, but their games intertwine perfectly with one another, as friends off the court and counterparts in the fraternity that is the NBA.
Kevin, this is your destiny, and it’s time you asked, no, its time you DEMANDED to come to Los Angeles. Because when the Mamba and the Big Ticket come to town, there will nothing that will stop them from achieving what their lifelong dreams have destined them to achieve, win as many NBA Championships as humanly possible.