Moving on from Kobe Bryant is both difficult and exciting. For the first time in 20 years the Lakers will not have him in the lineup and that changes the calculus of how you build a roster, deploy lineups, and even talk about what to expect out of the season.
I, for one, will miss Kobe but will also look forward to the next chapter in Lakers’ basketball. We have already gotten a glimpse of what that will look like this past summer, but the real journey begins in earnest this fall.
Until then, though, I will happily take in some flashes of glory from Kobe’s final season. And thanks to @DawkinsMTA we get a taste of some Kobe’s best plays from his 20th and final campaign:
Yes, I get these are cherry picked plays. I think we all understand Kobe’s season wasn’t nearly as good as the clips above might imply. But, it’s a highlight reel, what did you expect? Still, I loved seeing Kobe perform well and give us a reminder, no matter how fleeting, of what he could be as a player. I can’t wait for part two of these videos.