Lakers vs. Hornets. A streetfight to the finish. May the second best team win. Kobe proved karma is dead by sticking a dagger in the back of every Sacramento fan last night and denying them one more happy moment, one small shimmer of victory in a season full of struggles. This all a day after Kobe called a referee “a fucking fag” after being awarded a technical. (I hope the refs respond by keeping the Mamba on a quick tech whistle watch during Round 1.) Don’t believe it, Google it, the video evidence is incontrovertible. He was fined $100,000 by Stern. Deservedly. It would have been an appropriate moment for Kobe to miss that one last desperate three and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fail. Didn’t work that way.
I’ve always been a Kobe fan, and still admire his skill; but there is something Greek-tragic-classic about a man refusing to recognize another’s time to shine and later paying the price. I’ll be in the back row, Games 3, 4, and maybe 6, booing him every time he touches the ball. Twittersection will be in full effect. Anywho, you can also share Game 1 with friends. Have fun. You just have to know where to go. The folks at Hornets247.com have a suggestion: go to their watch party. From their site:
Where: The Doors Pizza.
It’s located at 7537 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.
When: Party starts at 1pm. Game starts at 2:30.
Sounds good. Cheer the home team. Boo Kobe. Hate the Lakers. Share well wishes for David West. Drink beer. Send sexts. Whatever does it for you. (Hopefully all of the above.) Oh, and feel free to tell anyone present that we’d have a chance to win if we still had Marcus Thornton. I’ll get your back. Just don’t mention it to ticktock6; she might break her Abita bottle on the bar and stab someone. Yup, she’s the one who answered the 247 poll: “Nothing satisfies me. I love Marcus Thornton.” So did I.
Difficult year, no doubt. But let’s go out swinging.