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Kobe Bryant still building legacy brick-by-brick

The case against Kobe Bryant officially began with a set of missed field-goal attempts.

The Lakers were eliminated in overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals when Bryant shot an air-ball at the end of regulation, followed by another that would have tied the game in the extra period. He was comforted by his  teammate Shaquille O’Neal who encouraged him to keep shooting the ball. It was advice that would ironically contribute to their division years later.

Kobe Bryant hasn’t stopped shooting. He became the NBA’s all-time leader in missed field-goals during the Lakers 102-107 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. As infamous as it sounds, being known as the player who has missed the most shots means you have been around long enough to take them.
It wasn’t a forgone conclusion that Kobe Bryant would miss the most shots in NBA history. He had a mere 176 attempts during the regular season of his rookie year. To put it in perspective, fellow 96 draft class rookie Antoine Walker hoisted away 1,354 attempts for the Boston Celtics. It took Bryant two seasons and change to become the starting shooting-guard for the Lakers after Eddie Jones was traded to the Charlotte Hornets during the 1999 lockout season.

Kobe has been consistently good for so long that the evolution of his game is taken for granted. Unlike LeBron James, Bryant wasn’t given the green-light as a rookie. He even endured DNP’s under coach Del Harris when he was known as “Showtime” because of his flashy play in practice. But Bryant still had to earn minutes behind Eddie Jones and current Head Coach Byron Scott.

And he kept shooting.

He quickly earned the reputation as an introvert by choosing not to be a part of the Hollywood club scene with known playboys like Shaq and Rick Fox. His competitive nature and aggressiveness got around the league quickly, and the elder statesman started laying the wood as a right of passage. It all culminated with a fight with Chris Childs against the New York Knicks during the Lakers 2000 championship run. The nationally televised game between the two most popular teams in the NBA was the graduation of Kobe Bryant into superstar status.

His longevity has masked the fact that he’s played in seven seasons of 70 games or less. It took him five years before he completed an 80 game NBA season.

Bryant hasn’t ceased firing away, continuing to add bricks to the foundation he’s set. He has the chance to join Michael Jordan as the only players to lead the league in scoring at 36-years old. He has displayed that athleticism is still very much a part of his game, and although they won’t admit it, many analyst privately expressed that Bryant would no longer be an all-star after the layoff.

Kobe said he would rather go 0-30 instead of 0-9. He’s missed the most shots because he’s had the drive to make the most.

 

The Knicks Crash LeBron’s Homecoming

LeBron James left Cleveland in part due to their lack of championship personnel.
He no longer has that issue to prevent him from bringing a championship to his home state.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored a Cavaliers high 22 points in a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks in the highly anticipated return of LeBron to Cleveland.
The slimmed downed James went 5-17 for 17 points.

Everyone from Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber to the once banned Cavs fan James Blair was in attendance. Usher sang the national anthem, and Nike’s ‘Together’ LeBron ad ran on the jumbo-screen before tip-off.

The Cavs will have the best starting lineup in all 82 games this seasons, but the reserve unit will not boast that same advantage. New York’s bench outscored Cleveland’s 41-12.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for the Knicks who bounced back from a 24 point drubbing in their home opener, and being deemed “Not ready for prime time,” by Phil Jackson.





Pau Gasol Off And Running With The Bulls

Pau Gasol did o.k. in his debut with the Chicago Bulls. He tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over the New York Knicks.

No wonder Carmelo Anthony tried to get him to join the Bockers. Melo went 5-13 in his Triangle Offense debut, but his team suffered a 104-80 shellacking.

Contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs made desperate attempts to convince Gasol to sign for less money as the final piece of their championship puzzles. The Bulls were ultimately the team that impressed Gasol enough to accept a less lucrative contract than the Los Angeles Lakers offered.

With the return of Derrick Rose, along with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in the front-court, Pau Gasol may have again landed in the right place at the right time.





Kurtis Blow on meeting Magic Johnson, and hanging with Michael Jordan

In part one of a three-part interview, music legend Kurtis Blow visits Run The Triangle and shares stories about meeting Magic Johnson, and what he did to Michael Jordan that put a rift in their friendship.

P.A.GE. 24 with Special Guest Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times

Lakers’ fans have dealt with frustrations over the past few seasons, and the Summer of 2014 represented a chance to reboot. But after failing to land marquee free agents, and a seemingly elongated coaching search, for some, that optimism has morphed into disappointment.

L.A. Times Sports and BasketballInsiders.com Senior Writer,Eric Pincus, gave RunTheTriangle.com an exclusive interview about the Lakers’ off-season moves.