Kobe Bryant Doing Kobe Bryant Things At The Drew League

Darius Soriano —  August 16, 2011

With the game tied in the closing seconds Kobe Bryant went all Kobe Bryant on James Harden at the Drew League on Tuesday. (h/t to Got ‘Em Coach for the video)

UPDATE: Commenter Chearn was at the game and gives us the skinny on the game:

It was a good competitive game. Not NBA quality for sure, but it was a good pickup game. The game featured, Pooh Jeter, DeMar Derozan, James Harden, Toronto’s Ed Davis, 2nd pick in the draft Derrick Williams. Derrick Williams has been with Kobe most of the summer having traveled with him overseas to China. Derrick, Ed and Kobe were on the purple team while this seasons MVP Casper Ware Jr., Pooh, DeMar and James played on the white team.

Kobe’s team was down most of the game and in the 4th quarter they were down by 9 pts. Kobe shot a couple of jumpers that were long but got consistent rebounding from Davis and Williams for put backs. Williams and Derozan went back and forth making shots against each other. Kobe tried to go to the hole after a steal and either lost the ball out of bounds or was fouled. After a time out he hit a 3pt shot which put the purple team ahead by 2pts, however, on the defensive end the purple team gave up a basket to Derozan. This lead to the last play of the game with 18 seconds to go.

Kobe took the inbound pass and the crowd started chanting, “Kobe, Kobe!” Kobe dribbled the ball down the court with everyone in the gym knowing that he would take the final shot. Harden picked Kobe up defensively as he had all game. Kobe probed to the right with Harden playing him tough defensively, while the seconds ticked off the clock. Kobe dribbled back left to just above the free throw line and pulled up for a jumper with Harden a finger nail away from deflecting his shot. Kobe drilled the shot and back pedaled with his hands in the air and grinning as if he had just won the NBA championship. The crowd swarmed him as he stayed there enjoying the adulation. Sheriff’s tried to get the kids away from Kobe, but he did not appear to notice.

At some point during the 4th quarter Kobe’s manager tried to take him away from the game for some other appointment. But, Kobe said no I am staying to finish this game. At that time the purple team was down by 9-12 pts.

The most telling thing about the game was that Kobe played without a sleeve on his knee he looked good defensively on Harden sliding laterally, he went to the hole a couple times getting fouled or finishing at the rim. His jumper was streaky just as it has been this past season, but his finger was not taped. He got it hit a couple of times when the ball was stripped from him. At least once I saw him pulling on his finger after the ball was stripped. I am not sure about his ball handling because that game was not indicative of what to expect from him in controlling the ball in an NBA game. His back to the basket work was unparalleled, his back down turn around jumper was money.

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11 responses to Kobe Bryant Doing Kobe Bryant Things At The Drew League

  1. I needed to see that last second J, from Kobe to win the game. There is at least some kind of basketball to watch now days.

  2. If you want to read something ridiculous today (and have not read Abbott’s article yet) I recommend reading this utter nonsense:

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/8/16/2366973/abbott-should-lakers-use-amnesty-clause-on-kobe-bryant#comments

    The comments are simply ridiculous

  3. This tape has far more clarity than the one that I watched yesterday. It was a good competitive game. Not NBA quality for sure, but it was a good pickup game. The game featured, Pooh Jeter, DeMar Derozan, James Harden, Toronto’s Ed Davis, 2nd pick in the draft Derrick Williams. Derrick Williams has been with Kobe most of the summer having traveled with him overseas to China. Derrick, Ed and Kobe were on the purple team while this seasons MVP Casper Ware Jr., Pooh, DeMar and James played on the white team.

    Kobe’s team was down most of the game and in the 4th quarter they were down by 9 pts. Kobe shot a couple of jumpers that were long but got consistent rebounding from Davis and Williams for put backs. Williams and Derozan went back and forth making shots against each other. Kobe tried to go to the hole after a steal and either lost the ball out of bounds or was fouled. After a time out he hit a 3pt shot which put the purple team ahead by 2pts, however, on the defensive end the purple team gave up a basket to Derozan. This lead to the last play of the game with 18 seconds to go.

    Kobe took the inbound pass and the crowd started chanting, “Kobe, Kobe!” Kobe dribbled the ball down the court with everyone in the gym knowing that he would take the final shot. Harden picked Kobe up defensively as he had all game. Kobe probed to the right with Harden playing him tough defensively, while the seconds ticked off the clock. Kobe dribbled back left to just above the free throw line and pulled up for a jumper with Harden a finger nail away from deflecting his shot. Kobe drilled the shot and back pedaled with his hands in the air and grinning as if he had just won the NBA championship. The crowd swarmed him as he stayed there enjoying the adulation. Sheriff’s tried to get the kids away from Kobe, but he did not appear to notice.

    At some point during the 4th quarter Kobe’s manager tried to take him away from the game for some other appointment. But, Kobe said no I am staying to finish this game. At that time the purple team was down by 9-12 pts.

    The most telling thing about the game was that Kobe played without a sleeve on his knee he looked good defensively on Harden sliding laterally, he went to the hole a couple times getting fouled or finishing at the rim. His jumper was streaky just as it has been this past season, but his finger was not taped. He got it hit a couple of times when the ball was stripped from him. At least once I saw him pulling on his finger after the ball was stripped. I am not sure about his ball handling because that game was not indicative of what to expect from him in controlling the ball in an NBA game. His back to the basket work was unparalleled, his back down turn around jumper was money.

    That was a fun game to watch, or maybe its just that anything would be better than another WNBA game or a vintage game (unless, its the Lakers).

  4. #3. Great stuff! I’ve added your comment to the body of the post as an update. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I was concerned at the end when he was swarmed by the crowd. I was worried one of them would sue him for his being “on fire,” and thereby creating bodily harm (like the wrist injury allegation) to the spectators.

    Good to see Kobe play in the Drew league and in the Drew vs. Goodman showdown.

  6. Tapes like this make me realize how tall Kobe really is.

    On an NBA court, he seems just about average, but with the crowd swarming him, he’s a real giant.

    Although the pressure must be nothing compared to the playoffs, it is still fun and amazing that everyone expects Kobe to take the shot, make the shot, and that Kobe obliges on both counts.

  7. The Drew League is great for the kids in that neighborhood. Most of them will never get to see NBA players live at Staples (or any other major arena). LeBron was there a couple of weeks ago. And many other pros have played there. I used to do after school tutoring there some years back and I really developed a connection to some of the kids in that community. They will remember these games for the rest of their lives. This is really great for them.

  8. Nice to see a Laker playing basketball against NBA players again.

    Meanwhile…..on the other side of the globe, Lebron has his own highlights. It seems the NBA is not the only league that allows Lebron to take four steps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3uEET94UBw&feature=aso

  9. @3 – awesome job, recreating it for us all. Thanks!

  10. Check out kobes full highlights from that game right here…looks like he was having a lot of fun

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUeOkokfIxg

    also looks like he picked up Dirk’s one-legged fall back