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Kobe Bryant is always the story

by james on April 22nd, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Los Angeles won its first playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.

The Lakers and Kobe Bryant exposed the Denver Nuggets weakness on defense. That weakness would be actually playing defense, which Denver does not really want to do. It is more fun to shoot baskets.

Kobe Bryant telling Allen Iverson to guard him once in a while, it is embarrassing

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Pau Gasol was the high scorer. Denver sent out invitations for Los Angeles to score in the paint.

Lakers center Pau Gasol scored 36 points on 14-for-20 shooting, torching Nuggets counterpart Marcus Camby for a career high in points in the playoffs. Gasol also led the Lakers with 16 rebounds, eight assists and three blocked shots in 45 minutes.

“They had to leave me (open) a few times … and my teammates found me,” Gasol said. “I just had to finish down low.”

Bryant scored 32 points on 9-for-26 shooting, breaking free from the Nuggets’ defensive shackles after scoring only four points on 2-for-10 shooting in the first half.


Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson each knocked down 30 and played defense for 2 or 3 possessions. It seemed like a lot to them.

Kobe Bryant

Meanwhile the Lakers Kobe Bryant announced that he wants to stay with the Lakers.

“Absolutely,” Bryant said the day after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 128-114 in their playoff series opener. “I’ve always wanted to be here. I just felt like I was in a position where I didn’t really have a choice. They wanted to go in an opposite direction. My legs aren’t as young as they used to be. Just let me know.

“I love the weather. I love my ‘63 drop-top Impala. I love the 405 (freeway). I love my guys.”


Kobe felt he had been mislead when he signed a 136.4 million dollar contract.

Wow! That is tough to swallow, having to take all those millions and live in L.A. and be idolized and you did it by free choice.

Geez, GM Mitch Kupchack looks smart and the Chicago Bulls look like idiots.

NBA Basketball special comment Even with no Andrew Bynum, the Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are enough to win it all.

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