After losing to the Nuggets on Friday, the Lakers are back in action today against the Wizards. Friday saw Kobe score 28 on decent efficiency, D’Angelo Russell go down with a sprained ankle (he is doubtful for today), and Julius Randle notch his 1st career triple double. Still, though, it was a loss. The Lakers are now 15-57 on the season, looking less and less likely to even catch last year’s franchise worst total of 21 wins.
The hope is that all this losing translates to the keeping of the team’s top-3 protected draft pick, but we know that’s far from certain. And while it is on fresh on the mind now (especially with March Madness in full swing), it’s also more of a conversation for May when we will know for sure. Fretting today, while a fun barstool discussion, it arguing hypotheticals more than anything else.
These last 10 games, then, are really about the remaining storylines of this year. Which really means it’s about Kobe and the final 10 games of his career. Over these last 10 games, I will post a random highlight clip from the opponent. With today’s game being against Washington, I figured the best clip to show would be when Kobe faced off against Michael Jordan for the last time in Los Angeles when his Airness was a Wizard.
Kobe dropped 55 points, including 42 in the first half against his idol:
That game really was a passing of the torch (even though Jordan was well past his prime). Kobe did what a young MJ would have done to an aged legend, giving his full effort and trying his hardest to show who’s game it really was. Love Kobe or hate him, it’s performances like that one for which he’ll be remembered.
Today Kobe is the aged superstar on his last legs and one has to wonder if John Wall or Bradley Beal will try to do to #24 what he did to Jordan over a decade ago. If for no other reason, this game is worth watching just to see if one of them tries.
Where you can watch: 6:30pm start time on TWC Sportsnet. Also listen on ESPN Radio 710AM Los Angeles.