Sorry, readers, but no new blogs until Tuesday. Watching younger son, Alex, play a couple games in the Bay area.
Kobe Bryant has such passion for the game of basketball in the way he plays (30,000 points is only one aspect of his greatness), speaks (to his teammates) and acts (he’s absolutely obsessed), it’s transparent that he wants to be known as the greatest of all-time (G.O.A.T.) but that moniker belongs to one Michael Jeffery Jordan. He’d probably be thrilled to be referred to as the best of all-time but, alas, Pat Riley, the master of copyright (remember “Three-peat”?) has taken B.O.A.T. off the market, donning his superstar, LeBron James with that acronym.
So what’s left for Kobe? First, getting Steve Nash on the floor has got to be his Christmas wishes #1 through 10. Short of that, he needs to change his motivational speech to Pao Gasol. Pau has been a part of a championship team so it’s not like he doesn’t know, or can’t handle, the feeling of winning it all. Kobe’s verbal assaults, “You’ve got to put on your big boy pants,” being the latest, might have a reverse effect on the apparently ultra-sensitive Gasol. How to reach Gasol in time to turn the season around is something beyond anyone not close to the Lakers and if anyone were to think otherwise, they would be foolish. It’s just that Kobe wants desperately to win, Pau’s not getting it done and Kobe blitzing Pau with sharp words hasn’t been a solution. Suggestion? Try something else.
Next, downplay Dwight Howard’s poor foul shooting. BUT, get him to make up for it at the defensive end. Dwight was right when he said their loss to Orlando wasn’t due to his poor foul shooting. It was the fact they continued to allow the Magic to score following his misses.
Finally, Kobe and Mike D’Antoni need to stay together during the tough times, e.g. until Nash comes back. The coach can handle hostile fans and media considering where he’s been (and I’m not talking about Phoenix).
If Kobe can do all that, keep on scoring and doing whatever else it takes to win, someone will come up with an anagram for him.
What might work for Kobe is Goethe’s line:
“Treat people as they are and they’ll remain as they are. Treat them as they can, and should, be and they’ll become that.”