For those of you who didn’t watch the Sixers vs Lakers game on Tuesday, you really missed out on something special. ¬†It was Kobe¬†Bryant’s final game in Philly (where he played high school ball), and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. ¬†Kobe led off the game by draining 3 treys in his first four shots, with fans cheering every time he touched the ball. ¬†Unfortunately, the adrenaline could only take his aging body so far, and the inefficient Kobe of this year, soon took over. ¬†There were flashes of former glory throughout the game, but it’s clear that his brilliant career is coming to an end. ¬†‚ÄúThere‚Äôs so much beauty in the pain of this thing,‚ÄĚ Bryant said of his struggles on the floor. ¬†Thankfully, he is playing the season out, and giving his fans a last chance to say goodbye.
Kobe has given us some incredible moments over the years, and like him or hate him, you have to respect him. ¬†He is one of the greatest competitors in NBA history, and he plays with as much intensity and heart as anyone that I can remember. ¬†Bryant always put 110% into the game, and that constant strain is likely what wore his body out. ¬†However, it’s also what makes him one of the greatest to ever play the game.
It’s going to feel very odd watching a Laker team without Kobe Bryant. ¬†I suppose all stars come and go, but Bryant just seemed to defy all odds up until this year. ¬†It’s even stranger to see Kobe starting to show up on some waiver wires. ¬†As for me, I own him in a couple leagues, and will be holding him for the duration of the season. ¬†Just for the principle of the thing.
Kobe is among the last of the old guard, with veterans and retired players¬†like Pierce, Allen, Garnett, Duncan,¬†Nowitzki, Nash, and Shaq. ¬†New players like Curry, Harden, Westbrook, Leonard, Durant, Davis, and George, have risen to take their place. ¬†It’s a pretty incredible cycle if you think about it.
Ok, enough of the nostalgia, lets get into the waiver wire for this week!
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