It’s a nice luxury to have, but the Lake Show have definitely become complacent and have been playing some ugly games. The Bench Mob can’t hold leads, and the starters play without a sense of urgency.
They appear to be doing just enough for what they perceive is adequate to get the win, which has resulted in a couple losses and an abundance of close games the past few weeks.
The Laker attitude has become contagious, resulting in my moseying right along with them. Winning or losing doesn’t hold the same weight anymore, as the biggest issue around here is Andrew Bynum.
Just like the players probably feel, the playoffs can’t come soon enough.
Although, this may be driving Phil Jackson and the coaching staff insane, at least the players are content.
One in particular has been more jubilant towards the media (especially compared to previous demands to be traded).
Kobe Bryant has been showing some personality and fun in his interviews.
Earlier in the year he declared that he could play for his hometown Philadelphia Eagles:
"I’d be a wide receiver. I’d be a bad [man] too. No more red zone issue. Just throw it over the top. I’m [Randy] Mossin’ it… Throw that ball up there, I’ll go get it. Knock my head off… I enjoy it, I love it."
Lamar Odom has also previously stated that he could play football as a quarterback but Kobe made it clear he’d want Donovan McNabb throwing the ball his way:
"If Lamar’s quarterback, I’m not playing. He’d try to run all the time, he ain’t got no arm. His arm ain’t strong enough."
More recently, a fan of LeBron James purchased a domain from GoDaddy to launch the website www.lebronisreallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreallygood.com promoting his MVP campaign.
Kobe obviously knew about the site as his response to wanting to win this year’s MVP was:
"I don’t think about it at all. It’s not something that crosses my mind. It didn’t cross my mind last year either. I really, really, really, really, really, really want that championship. I really, really, really want it."
In case it’s not obvious, Kobe responds by using “really” six times just like the website.
In addition, apparently Kobe doesn’t just think he could play wide receiver either. After all, in basketball he does play offense and defense.
In last night’s most recent edition of the Hallway Series which resulted in another Los Angeles Clipper defeat, Kobe described his defense on Eric Gordon on the last play of the game as:
"[Eric Gordon’s] just not getting the ball, it’s as simple as that. If I’m going to be a lock-down corner, I’m going to be a lock-down corner."
And finally, throw in a trash talking extravaganza with Ron Artest and some Ankle Insurance as well.
A far cry from the Big Aristotle but it’s good to know Kobe is in good spirits.
With five regular season games left and then the playoffs, hopefully the Lakers snap out of it and the Black Mamba we all know so well is unleashed.