What was HE doing out there in crunch time? Good question: Maybe it was his stat-stuffing 8 assists and 5 rebounds (and one handoff to Kobe).
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It's a banner day for Instant
Historians. Some of the superlatives being thrown
Kobe's biggest shot ever!
Lakers' biggest shot ever!
Walton's best handoff ever!
Biggest shot in playoff hist--
(Stop while you're ahead ...)
Kobe's wasn't a game-winner, but it was
actually something bigger: a series-saver.
There is no coming back from going 0-2 at home in the
NBA Finals. Instead, L.A. is now in control.
Have to start wondering about those MJ comparisons:
Jordan had the killer instinct, but never Kobe's 3-point
range. No wonder why Bryant is considering bolting the
Lakers and seeing how great he can be without L.A.'s
support system. Today, everyone is wondering.
Are Pistons Done?
More instant history!
Some losses you can recover from; others are a
back-breaker. Last night? The latter. Instead of being
up a historically unbeatable 2-0 heading back to
Detroit for three games, the Pistons choked on the
late lead, capped by Kobe's soul-sucker.
Overtime was like rubber-necking a crime scene:
Deflated Detroit rolled over; it was the way they
simply seemed to give up that indicates that
their will to win the series has been crushed.
It's rare to be able to capture an
upcoming firestorm at its moment of conception. But
here you go, from Jim Gray's upcoming TV interview
with Bird, Magic, Carmelo and LeBron:
Gray: "Does the NBA lack enough white
superstars in your opinion?"
Bird: "Well, I think so ... I think it's good
for a fan base because as we all know the majority of
the fans are white America. And if you just had a
couple of white guys in there, you might get them a
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Kobe to Knicks?
Bryant would consider New York when the
free-agency period starts in July, according to the
NY Post. The Knicks can only offer him $5
million -- and ...so what?!
Legacy over loot: Salary is nothing compared to
the priceless status Kobe would attain by
playing in New York. (Of course, it would pretty much
put the kibosh on Phil Jackson coaching the Knicks,
wouldn't it? Staying in L.A., as rumored, would look a
The year's biggest "You've Gotta Be
Kidding Me" story. He sets the record for oldest
pitcher to win his first nine decisions, but the
wilder thing is that by now it's very hard to picture
him ever losing this season.
"Piggyback": The likely new BCS plan
has a nickname that the conferences will futilely try to
contain. They should instead think harder about how
the new plan -- rotating a title game between the Big
Four bowls, the week after the traditional bowls are
played -- will work.
"Piggy" is right: How will a "semi" round of
1-vs-4 and 2-vs-3 bowls will lead to any more clarity
for a title matchup? If you thought finding a No. 1
or No. 2 team was hard, try finding a No. 4, where the
differential between 4 and 5/6/7/8 is usually a lot
NFL Wimps Out
The NFL is giving the gutless a bad
name (no disrespect intended, of course). The league
won't fine Bill Parcells for his racist comments
Monday at a league-sanctioned post-practice press
But don't worry: The NFL still plans to harshly
punish players after exuberantly celebrating TDs. You
wouldn't want anything unsportsmanlike to get in the
way of the ethnic slurs.
After a dunk with a minute left in the 4th, he ran back on D with biceps flexed and a seemingly insurmountable lead. Bad idea, Ben ...
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