It is sort of hard to believe, but the final countdown really is upon us. Tonight is game 72 of the season, meaning after the Lakers face the Nuggets there are only 10 games left this year. So we really are nearing the finish line of Kobe Byrant’s career. This will be a topic we discuss more in the final two and half weeks until the final game against the Jazz on April 13th, but the finality of it all is really starting to hit me.
With that, and I offer my apologies, but I don’t have much to really say about this game from any substantive standpoint. The Lakers currently have 15 wins. They would need to go 6-5 over the final 11 games to hit last season’s mark of 21 victories — something I do not think will happen. This is disappointing and frustrating on a variety of levels, but I’ll save all that for another day in the future.
For now, I guess, my main message is to enjoy these last games the best way you can. Byron Scott says there is a 50/50 chance Kobe plays tonight, which has become the norm of late. I hope he plays, just so the fans who come out in this final stretch get to see him one last time live and in person. These games aren’t special because the Lakers are good or even because you get to see the young guys suit up and continue to find ways to improve (we will get to see plenty more of them in the coming years), but they are special for those who get to see Kobe one last time.
So, I hope he plays. I also hope the game is competitive and that those watching get a nice showing from both sides. It’s easy to forget in a season where so many losses have led to full on discussions about lottery odds (again), but watching the games and being a fan is supposed to be fun. If you’re still with us after a 15-66 record, you deserve a little fun too and I hope you get it.
Where you can watch: 7:30pm start time on TWC Sportsnet. Also listen on ESPN Radio 710AM Los Angeles.