I guess the Lakers don't need to trade KOBY for Luther Head after all. While Luther ruined our drinking game by racking up a DNP-CD, Kobe capped off a short week by being his typical spectacular self, albeit in a frustrating loss. What else can I say that I haven't already in the past couple of weeks? He's great; he's a legend; he's playing his role for the Lakers better than any teammate for three weeks now. Et cetera, et cetera.
I must admit though, I would have preferred to give this week's award to Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom. Just because it could have meant another W. They were great against the Jazz - allowing the Lakers to romp - but they stunk the joint up last night, and got out-played by rookie DeMarcus Cousins. Even an average game from at least one of them last night might have been enough to beat the Kings. They better pull a 180 tomorrow, because the Celtics are coming to town with KG, Shaq, and Big Baby. Oh, and Kendrick Perkins is back. Should be fun.
Shannon Brown is the only other player receiving consideration.
Here are Kobe's stats for the week:
29.5 points, 6.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds per game in 32.5 minutes per game. He shot 20-38 from the field for 52.6% FG. He's still not shooting the three well. He shot 2-10 for 20% 3P.
Someone test Kobe right away. He's throwing down like it's 1998: