It’s been nearly a week since the Lakers’ season ended with Kobe Bryant adding to his myth by scoring 60 points on 50 shots while also slaying a dragon and eating an entire extra-large pepperoni pizza at the same time. Okay, two of those things didn’t happen, but maybe in 50 years, and the story is retold they will have.
In the days since the performance, the focus of those who we look to for Lakers’ news has been undeniably and unabashedly Kobe. This was to be expected, of course. 20 years of playing the game at the heights he did with the approach he took requires, no, demands, a retelling. The good, the bad, and everything in-between.
If you’re looking for more of that, look no further than Ramona Shelburne’s latest for ESPN/The Undefeated. Shelburne used great access to give us a peek inside Kobe’s world, from the rehab table to his Kobe Inc. office to the training room to the diner breakfast table and so many other moments that have not been told to this point. The entire thing is a fantastic read and is worth your time.
It’s articles like that, though, that you need now. You need them because while the rest of the basketball world moves forward, the Lakers’ world has not. The playoffs are in full swing, teams are letting go of their current coaches, hiring new ones, and interviewing big names with aims of managing the sideline and running the front office all at the same time.
Meanwhile, we wait.
We wait to see if the Lakers make a coaching change at all. They have until June 1st to inform Byron Scott if he will be retained for next season. We wait until May 17th when the lottery order is determined to see if the Lakers keep their pick. Then we wait until June 23rd for the actual draft. Then on to July 1st for the beginning of free agency.
In a way, then, and like he did for most of this season, allow Kobe to serve as a nice distraction from the realities of the Lakers. Like how his farewell tour turned multiple losses into appreciative applause by fans just happy to see Kobe one last time, let the great writing and reflections on a career serve you well during this time of inactivity and pensive speculation on what will happen.
Because now all we can really do is wait. As we have been, we’ll be here to cover the next moves. Whenever they do happen. But, in the meantime, enjoy Shelburne’s piece or one of the other countless ones out there. Watch all the tribute videos from his farewell tour. Or just watch the playoffs and scout the players who are entering free agency. All of it is worth your time and time, for now at least, is all we have.