No such thing as losing, part 1

There’s a reason why Kobe’s appearance in TNT studios was announced as the undercard of tonight’s action, but at this point you probably don’t need to hear me explain why this is. Suffice to say that, even as LeBron hovers on the edge of the unthinkable, Kobe still remains the center of the NBA galaxy, alienating and feeding all others much like the sun itself.

So without further ado, here’s my blogging of Kobe’s studio time. More installments to follow, possibly:

7:06: He looks like Mister Rogers. I’m getting chills for the first time in weeks.
7:11: It’s amazing how much of a kid he still seems next to these guys. Very serious and precocious, but still a young one
7:12: Okay, the showdown.
7:12: Where’s Farrakhan at?
7:13: The scary thing is that he probably approached them about this. PR genius.
7:13: Unrepentant or oblivious? His life story.
7:14: Dude carries himself like he’s on the court even when he’s off it. Impressive or terrifying?
7:14: Does Kenny realize that he’s the real KEY to this show’s dynamic?
7:15: “There are certain teams you can demoralize by scoring a lot of points.” Psychological warfare. Only Kobe could do commentary and make it mostly a rare opportunity to see inside his recondite brain.
7:16: Charles likes him.
7:16: “That’s what the second half of my career is all about?” What a narrative schemer.
7:16: This is the least scripted he’s ever sounded.
7:17: They're definitely keeping themselves from gushing over LeBron. To not upstage Kobe? To not jinx this game at hand?
7:18: It is really, really scary when he gets rolling on the subject of basketball. He actually looks like he’s in a trance.

Until the next segment. . . .


At 5/17/2006 9:18 PM, Blogger T. said...

The Lure of the Underdog.

I've never liked the Cavs dating back to the Mark Price/Brad Daugherty/Hot Rod Williams days.

One of my guys I've really enjoyed working with in the NBA (Chauncey Billups) is on the Pistons.

I really like Rasheed Wallace.

I've never really bought into the LeBron thing. Just like it took me until his second comeback to give Jordan the respect he deserved as the GOAT.

So why have I pumped my fist twice in the last 20 minutes (on the Donyell Marshall 3 and the LeBron fastbreak layup)?

At 5/17/2006 9:30 PM, Blogger T. said...

Holy ish!

Damon Jones!?

The Black Brad Pitt!

Li Ning's Main man!

At 5/17/2006 9:31 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

Kobe in the studio

-The scariest part was right before he got a chance to respond to the game 7 fiasco as Ernie set it up. His face was visibly twitching and he was no longer smiling.

-He made some great points regarding the similarity of his role in both games 4 and 7; how the object (despite being down by double digits) was to get "the others" involved, get them to knock down some shots, defend and have him carry them home at crunch time. Just like game 4. HE DIDN'T SCORE IN GAME 4 UNTIL THE LAYUP TO FORCE OVERTIME. Got that, Chuck?

I agree, Shoals, it's frightening when he starts talking about The Game. He'll probably pull a Jordan and never set foot in a studio again once his playing days are done, but it'll be his and our loss. He was made for TV.

At 5/17/2006 9:58 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

please, for the love of god, tell me that eric snow did not successfully pull off the Magic vs. the Blazers in the '91 WCF roll-the-ball-down-the-court trick!!!! AHHHHHHH, MY EYES!!!!!!

At 5/17/2006 10:01 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

needless to say, the kobe project is on hold. post coming.

At 5/17/2006 10:07 PM, Blogger mutoni said...

i think that's more than understandable considering tonight's events.

i'm seriously thinking of going into hiding if lebron can really pull this off. there is no god.

At 5/18/2006 12:15 AM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...

shoals, I think Kobe's balls have left an indelible mark on your forehead.

At 5/18/2006 12:55 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

right, since there's no reason to be insanely excited when one of the game's most intriguing characters shows up in the tnt studio to drop knowledge on the difference between the international and the american crossover.

At 5/18/2006 1:18 AM, Anonymous Memory Jones said...

Any YouTube or other video links? I only was able to catch the first couple of minutes of the segment.

Is #24 more compelling as a hero or as a villain?

At 5/18/2006 9:05 AM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...


At 5/18/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger mutoni said...

"Any YouTube or other video links?"

nba.com has the streaming video of inside the nba (and no commercials!) the day after each tnt broadcast. should be up by now

At 5/18/2006 12:40 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

last kobe thought: not only was his analysis of the euro crossover breathlessly on-point, he capped it off with a gesture and smile that might as well have been "mwa, magnifique!!!" might have been the first time ever that i've actually realized how much he loves this game, as opposed to being bound to it by some faustian pact.

At 5/18/2006 2:59 PM, Blogger twins15 said...

I was impressed by Kobe on there. He's obviously smart, well-spoken, and has good insight. Personally, I wouldn't mind if he was invited back with EJ, Kenny, and Charles at some point in the future.

At 5/18/2006 5:25 PM, Blogger NP said...

i dont get this blog.
basically "I hate Kobe and let me be negative"
Like the negative person who can never be happy.

By the way I hate the lakers and im not a kobe fan.

But i may becoming one.
He's a great player , well spoken and smart.

Statistics show a lot of rapes are false. (ex Duke case)

At 5/19/2006 8:30 AM, Anonymous oranges said...

so kobe didn't score in the 4th quarter of game four until his game tying shot?
simply not true. look at a game log everyone. he didn't take a billion shots, but he did score prior to the last play.

At 5/19/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

NP, i'm assuming there were several thousands typos in your comment.

At 5/19/2006 10:33 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

what i mean: there are lots of actual typos, but i'm guessing that the part where you accuse us of hating kobe was one, too.


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