Kobe Bryant and Ramon Sessions: The Best Closers in Los Angeles

William Van NollFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04:  Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers gets a reaction from Kobe Bryant #24 after his basket in at Staples Center on April 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After more clutch escapades Wednesday night versus the Clippers, fourth-quarter mobsters Kobe Bryant and Ramon Sessions just continue to put hits out on all crime families that cross the Lakers throne.

Ramon Buckets hitting the big three versus the Golden State Warriors to ice the victory Sunday.

Taking over in the fourth quarter to secure victories against the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trailblazers.

Performing drive-bys in clutch fashion.

Mob Boss Mamba silencing the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Hornets on the road with under a minute to play.

Victimizing the New Jersey Nets at home with clutch shot after clutch shot deep in the fourth.

And the latest crime scene: Wednesday night versus Smooth Donny Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers. The two Lakers mobsters took turns firing daggers at the hapless Clipshow to close out Wednesday's little family get-together.

Sessions executing a powerful drive to the lane, finishing over shot-blocker extraordinaire DeAndre Jordan. Kobe, well, just doing what the best closer in basketball does: hitting big time shots with the game hanging in the balance.

Ice water runs through the collective veins of this Lakers' backcourt. 

The Godfather
The GodfatherStephen Dunn/Getty Images

Don Ramon and the Kingpin "Masked Mamba" Kobe Corleone—nailing cold-blooded buckets on a block near you.

Take notice, Western Conference: these are two killers you don't want to pass in the dark alleys of the NBA.

Despite the growing pains of their superstar center, the drama that followed Benchgate 2012 and the lack of control from their head coach, all the Lakers have done is notch five of their last six wins in close games.

Unnecessarily close? Sure.

But give me the Lakers tied entering the fourth quarter and just watch the Lakers backcourt do the dirty work to finish the job.

It's all about wins. It's all about rings.

And when you cross the Godfather, it's time to pay your respects, give praise and above all, kiss the ring.

All five of them.