I’m not trying to take credit for finding this video, I merely stumbled upon a few weeks ago while over at Grantland.com in a short video breakdown-esque piece by one of my favorite GL writers, Chris Ryan.
While Ryan’s piece is hypothetical and comical, I can’t help but wonder, would KB24, the Black Mamba, the man one ring behind Michael Jordan (the greatest) lose purposely to a 10-year-old kid?
In this video, Ellen DeGeneres has generously arranged for a 10-year-old superfan to meet his idol, Kobe Bryant. The young boy and the aging veteran then have a shootout, where the small child would win Los Angeles Lakers tickets if he were to defeat the Black Mamba. Kobe would receive self pride in knowing that he was still at least the best player in the studio audience for that show’s taping.
On paper, this is a bet Kobe should have still stayed away from—he had nothing to gain (except for a little pride) and everything to lose. After putting up a pedestrian FG percentage in 2011-12 (just 43%), losing to a YMCA player would be damaging to his image.
During the short shooting contest, something interesting struck me: Kobe has lost his trigger finger!
This could be great for the upcoming Lakers season, as maybe Kobe will finally be willing to pass the ball, instead of pulling up from deep and hitting his mediocre 30 percent from three.
Kobe’s clearly lost his tenacity, his drive to go for the throat.
I mean, c’mon Kobe, you should have destroyed this poor kid! Kobe must not have been aware of what happened to the Great One himself a few years back…
While it was a pick-up game at a company retreat, Jordan still gave it his all and came back down 2-0. Jordan was humiliated. One can’t help but to think if this one-on-one loss to Rodgers helped put the kabash on a potential comeback in 2011 with his team the Charlotte Bobcats. If I were Jordan and lost to a CEO of a mutual fund firm, I wouldn’t risk being further embarrassed by professional players on a nightly basis.
Maybe Kobe will take Jordan’s lesson to heart and at least try in a potential rematch again the 10-year-old.