May 01, 2006
Shaq & Kobe, Still Competing
Shaq and Kobe just can't stop competing with each other.
The former Lakers teammates became fathers again Monday when their wives gave birth to girls six minutes apart.
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Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born at 2:03 a.m. PDT in Orange County, Calif.
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Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal became parents for the sixth time when Mearah Sanaa O’Neal was born at 4:57 a.m. EDT in a South Florida hospital.
Congratulations to both couples.
And speaking of Kobe... what a game on Sunday. It was also great watching Nash choke, twice. MVPs are not supposed to fall apart like that. Did Magic ever? Jordan? Bird? Nash's got skills, but trust me. Ten years from now, nobody's going to remember who he was, except he was that skanky lookin dude who let the ball get away from him twice in that legendary Laker game.
Posted by annika, May. 1, 2006 | TrackBack (0)
c'mon....nobody will know who he is 10 years from? a repeat MVP, who is 6 foot nothing AND white AND and a point guard. trust me, folks will remember. nobody, and i mean nobody, in the NBA makes other people better like nash. with that said, the lakers are having a nice little run. i could see them getting to the western conference finals. but it don't matter cuz dallas is gonna crush anybody coming out of the west, including san antonio - if they can get past sac.
Dallas? As in the team that Kobe outscored by himself in three quarters before taking himself out of the game? The team that for years has been known as the Allas Mavericks - because there's no D in the Big D - those guys?
Avery Johnson was named Coach of the Year because Dallas did play defense this year. They also won 60+ games. Hey, I'm from Sacramento and would prefer rooting for my Kings, but if you look at the West, Dallas is playing better ball than anybody out here. I watched the Kings get lay-ups and dunks on Dallas for years. So, I know how they used to play D (or no D). They don't play that way now. But, hey, that's why you play the games.
p.s. When Kobe starts scoring 40+ a game is when the Laker's little run is going to end. They have done well so far because they been sharing the ball and pounding it inside on a very small Phoenix team.
I'm not saying they're not good, they have definitely improved from what they use to be. And that is one of the reasons that I have no idea who is going to win the west.
As far as how many points Kobe scores, it all comes down to match ups, I think. He'll have a bigger series against the Clippers because the favorable match up for the Lakers will be a shooting guard. Same goes for a series against the Spurs (though the Lakers would also have a advantage with Odom's match up if Duncan isn't guarding him) and Mavs. Against the Kings - and is there anyone here who wouldn't want to see 7 vs 8 in the conference finals, especially with these two particular franchises? - it would probably be more like the series against the Suns because of Artest.
And since I'm the kind of guy that believes that the only stat that matters is the final score, I really don't care how they win, so long as they win.
Kobe can outrun any of you plebians!
Four legs are better than two!