It was a late start last night for us here on the east coast, but for those of you in the western part of this great nation, you got to see Kobe turn back the clock in the Mile High City. Bryant scored 31 points on 10-22 from the field and 9-11 from the free throw line in just over 32 minutes. Pretty impressive for a guy the mainstream media was telling to retire and go out with dignity. He didn’t look like the high-flying, afro-sporting youngster from that 2000-2002 three-peat, but rather resembled the wiser veteran that was named the Mamba in the latter part of the decade. The turnaround fadeaway was falling and he played some impressive defense on the other end. I was watching those highlights and had a nostalgic moment as I knew that it would be short-lived since he is still retiring at the end of this season.
However, one thing I am not going to do is cry about it (maybe later), nor am I going to say that it was a fluke like some other people who work at a certain network with a 4-letter name will do. Let us not forget, he is still Kobe Bryant, arguably the closest resemblance to Michael Jordan. Kobe will have more of these games I can guarantee that. He was getting the shots he wanted early on, but they just weren’t falling. Now that the season is in full swing, his legs are now into it and he has gotten a feel for his shot again. I am very excited to see him bless us with some more performances in his final season. The NBA will dearly miss him, for there will never be another Kobe Bryant.