This shot will haunt me forever. The hypothetical replays in my head more than Friends reruns on TBS. It's this echoing voice that screams to be acknowledged and heard.
"What if Kobe had made that back rim hitting 3-pointer to take game 1 of the WCF against the now champion Dallas Mavericks?"
I mean Kobe did hit 7 game winning shots in the 2009-10 regular season, why not just this one? Is this too much to ask for? Was his miss kismet?
Maybe momentum would've pushed the Lakers so far ahead that they would only have Miami in full view and Dallas already an after thought.
Perhaps Kobe's game 1 winner would have rocketed his shooting confidence so high that his series FG percentage average of 45.5 would've been his series PPG average.
Possibly his last second clutchness would have carried his team to the highest level rather than the memorable lowest in the closing seconds of a game 4 sweep.
Perchance the Spaniard would have been reminded and inspired by Kobe's last second buzzer beater that he would have performed to his true potential.
Imaginably the series would have gone the opposite way and Lebron and Kobe would have yet again consumed the media's attention for the greatest NBA finals ever.
Conceivably Kobe's game 1 winner would have given Phil Jackson his exiting 11th ring leaving him riding off in the sunset with a legacy that was justified and not questioned.
Kobe's 3-point fade away could have led to another parade on Figueroa, another 3-peat for the Lakers organization, a 6th ring for his personal collection, a 17th championship season only to be tied with Boston, possibly a well deserved high-note ending retirement for Fisher, a more permanent stay for Lamar Odom, a more permanent name for Ron Artest for that matter...I mean the list goes on.
One shot can change everything and it certainly did.
Check out this video from LakerNation.com who were there to witness the whole thing develop. This video shows you a small side of how real Kobe is. Apparently Bow Wow just has money to burn.
As I was watching the video I kept thinking there's no Kobe is taking the money right? Then Kobe did what Kobe does. He generously gave his $1,000 dollar winnings to his Basketball Academy staff members. Now that was pretty cool.
Kam Pashai said this about his post...
In likely the most bizarre post we’ve had on this site in maybe 4 years, Kobe Bryant put a beating on rapper/actor Bow Wow. After a bet that was placed during Shannon Brown’s wedding, Kobe took on friend of producer/rapper Jermaine Dupri with rights to Dupri’s latest single on the line against a pair of Lakers season tickets. Bow Wow decided to throw himself into the fire… probably not a wise decision. Bow Wow bet rights to his next single, needless to say he didn’t score a bucket. Bow Wow then requested a re-match with a thousand dollars on the line, jump shots only — same outcome. Kobe then distributed his winnings to his Kobe Basketball Academy staff members.
By the way, Kobe spotted his opponent 10 points in every game. First to 11 wins.
Ladies show your stuff and be the next Laker Girl! Auditions are open to the public on July 16th at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo at 9AM sharp! If I was female I would totally show my hip-hop skills.
Here are the perks to becoming the next Laker Girl
1. You will have THE best seats to every Lakers home game.
2. You will make many special appearances
3. You will be featured on the annual Laker Girls calendar that started publication just two years ago
4. You will get hit on by many courtside Hollywood celebrities
5. This will be great exposure for you that may lead to bigger and better opportunities
...and countless more.
Lakers reporter Mike Trudell had a recent Q & A with Laker Girls director Lisa Estrada about the upcoming auditions and Lisa said this about what dancing prospects should focus on and prepared for before entering the Toyota Sports Center on July 16th:
Q: On what aspiring Laker Girls should focus on in advance of auditions on July 16:
Estrada: First of all, the 405 is going to be closed from the 10 to the 101. We put it on the website, and that’s something I hope all the prospects can figure out, because tryouts start at 9 a.m. sharp. The other thing would be that I hope they’re in dance class right now, I hope they’re training for not just the Laker Girls but to be a performer, a dancer. Not just for this one audition, so hopefully they’re in technical, jazz and hip hop training too. If you’re not in dancing shape, you’re going to be thrown material to learn quickly and it’s going to show.