It was not suppose to be this way this season. Not like this.
Currently, the Lakers lead the Utah Jazz by one game for the all important 8th seed in the Western Conference. After all the bravado earlier this season (Mike Brown getting fired, the Dwightmare, the “We Want Phil” chants and the questionable hiring of Mike D’Antoni), it is hard to believe that such a talented team is fighting for the 8th seed.
Kobe Bean Bryant has been the reason the Lakers are going to the postseason. At age 34 and in his 17th season in the NBA, we do not know how much he has left. In typical Kobe fashion he played for 48 minutes and scored a season high 47 points. Even with all the star power he has at his disposal, it always seems that every game Kobe took it upon himself to win these games. The million dollar question is: How long can he keep this up?
Let’s face it, he is at a age where production goes down drastically but he is defying all that. He is having one of the best seasons of his career averaging 27.3 PPG and is shooting 46% from the field. He even turn back the clock with this play against the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.
Let’s face facts, he cannot beat father time. If the Lakers are going to make it far in the playoffs then he will need the help of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. They need to be in sync with each other in order to get to the Lakers to the promise land. They cannot have Kobe playing the same way he did last night against Portland.