With 16 games to go in their season, the Lakers are 34-32. That’s good enough for the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and a half game ahead of 33-32 Utah Jazz.
Except this happened:
And now Kobe is out “indefinitely” with a severely sprained ankle. And he isn’t happy about it.
So, Jalen Rose is a punk. Dahntay Jones has some history with Kobe. None of this matters, unless Steve Nash can lead the Lakers, a more involved Dwight Howard and a returning Pau Gasol to relevance. (Also, a big guy named Shaq may have had something to do with Indiana losing to the Lakers in the Finals, too.)
Personally, I liked the idea of the Lakers just barely making the playoffs this year over Utah or Golden State and getting swept up by the Thunder or Spurs in the first round, but if this is the way, in my opinion it suits Kobe just fine.
More from the therapist’s couch — Grantland has a nice rundown of the fantasyland reality show known as Stars on Stars with Stephon Marbury that is the perfect exhibition of unbridled narcissism. I heard about this years ago, and assumed it was a New York public access thing, but to see it is really something. It makes you realize just how warped everything is and was for Steph. you can tell this show is something he genuinely enjoys and wonder if it isn’t one of the things he was envisioning when he forced his way out of Minnesota and then Phoenix to get back home.
They go on to talk about growing from kids to young men to men, while balancing being the children of parents and also being parents themselves:
Marbury: “You can never be wiser than them. You can be smarter than them.”
Kobe: “You go around the block once, they been around it five, six times. Ain’t gonna pull a fast one on them. They know a lot more than we do. Especially when it comes to kids.”
Marbury: “Like, when they get a fever, putting a potato in the bed.”
Kobe: “A potato in the bed?”
Marbury: “Yeah, the potato, it sucks the fever out.”
Marbury: “I don’t know, like when they get the hiccups, putting strings on their forehead.”
Yeah, the youngsters then talk about their ’96 draft class.
Marbury: “It’s so unique to say you were in a class with Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Shareef Abdul-Rahim, Kerry Kittles, Antoine Walker, Steve Nash, Stojakovic … I mean, you think about our class, Ray Allen … I mean, it’s like seven, eight cats that signed for the max. I’m just thinking, if they hadn’t put that ceiling over our head … “
Kobe: “Yeah, it woulda been problems for the league.”
So this is great, but it gets better. Marbury completely forgets he’s hosting a show or being televised, a common trend that makes him an unrefined yet fantastic interviewer. On Garnett’s max contract:
Marbury: “I’m talking about, he went in there and was like, ‘PUT THE MONEY IN THE BAG.’ You know what I’m saying, I was like ‘ooh, KG just hit ‘em for 126.’”
OK, nevermind he’s talking about Abur-Rahim and Kittles — that’s Glen’s money Steph is giggling about and didn’t get. The window into Marbury’s head is a skylight and