A couple of days ago I pulled out my verbal violin and played a journalistic tune as depressing as a Marty J Blige interview, expressing how hard it was being a black skateboarder. It was a bit much I admit, but when I think about how hard it has been being a Kobe Bryant fan over the past couple of years, I feel like I should fucking underline my point by having a Billy Holiday song play in the background while you read this. If it is not listening to the brilliant retorts from Kobe haters like "But he's an asshole!" in response to intricate Johnny Cochran defenses of Bryant, the way NBA analysts universally tried their best to push the notion a couple of years ago that Manu Ginobili and Dwayne Wade were better than Kobe, watching a deplorable NBA rundown show on ESPN with Tim Legler and Greg Anthony where they implied that the viewpoint of sports writer Ric Bucher was irrelevant because he "never played basketball" just because he said something complimentary about Bryant. It's horesehit like that, along with Vince Carter's criticizing of Kobe Bryant's 81 point game as a "bad example for kids"(Vince "I never saw a shot I didn't like" Carter?? Shut up dickhead..) that makes this past season even more sweeter for Bryant fans like yours truly.
When I see people eat shit, like Stephen A. Smith damn near giving Kobe a mouth-hug during his interview with him even thought he was one of Bryants most outspoken critics. Hearing douchebags like Tim Legler praise Bryant as the "best in the game" even though he once said that Ginobli was a better player, and the scores of NBA analysts and sports reporters who's flip-flops have them looking like a pair of tits. I feel like Biz Markie on some "Damn it feels good to see people up on it" shit, as my Lakers go to the playoffs. Honestly, they probably won't go far, but here's hoping that they do.
My "Kobe for MVP" argument:
*81 point game, 2,832 points this season(7th all time, all time leading Laker), *35.4 points a game average(best since Jordan in the 86-87 season),
*One of only two players in NBA history to score 35-plus points per game for 13 consecutive games (the other is Wilt Chamberlain)
*One of only three players in NBA history to score 40-plus points per game for 9 consecutive games (the others are Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain)
*One of only three players in NBA history to score 45-plus points per game for 4 consecutive games (the others are Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain)
*One of only two players in NBA history to average 40-plus points per game for an entire month on two separate occasions (40.6 ppg in February 2003, 43.4 ppg in January 2006)
*Became the first player ever to outscore the opposing team through three quarters since the advent of the 24-second shot clock after scoring 62 points in three quarters of play on December 20, 2005 vs. the Dallas Mavericks
*NBA regular-season leader, free throws made: 2006 (696)