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. . . .