April 12, 2010
First, just assume anything is within the realm of possibility for Kobe when he's on the court. That way, when he does something unbelievable you don't go in to cardiac arrest. You should also probably know that nine out of 10 times, Kobe is taking the game's last shot. Of those nine shots, probably four of them are going in, even if they seem like a terrible look. Just be prepared.
And probably the most important, especially if you happen to be a broadcaster, never tell Kobe Bryant he can't do something because he'll make you look silly on national television.
Sorry, Jeff Van Gundy. Apparently you forgot Kobe trained with Hakeem Olajuwon before this season and learned a whole bunch of post moves. As such, you violated the third rule, and therefore had to pay the consequences. There's a reason we have these made up rules — they're for your protection.
I guess one way to deal with a nagging right finger injury is to add a left-handed hook shot in your 13th NBA season. Between that and his penchant for lefty buzzer beaters, eventually Kobe won't even need that right hand. Maybe he can donate it to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute for testing or cloning purposes.
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