Magic Johnson And Laker Fans Need To Hop Off Kobe's Weiner ASAP
Through five games -- five loses, that is -- Kobe Bryant has managed to average 27 PPG on 49 of 122 shooting. J.R. Smith could do that. Jamaal Crawford could do that. Hell, Antoine Walker could do that. That's not basketball though, and it's certainly not what NBA fans should want to see, at the expense of, ya know, losing basketball games.
I know the Lakers are 0-5, but they are playing exciting basketball and Kobe is worth the price of admission.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 5, 2014
That's like saying "the sauce on this shit sandwich is delicious!" That's like saying that it's worth the $13 to see a terrible movie because you like one of the actors in it even though it's getting horrible reviews. Have you seen Admission starring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey? Both of them are great and we all love them but they can't carry a horrible, convoluted script. Likewise with Kobe. He's playing his heart out at 36 years old, which is undoubtedly entertaining, but he can't play all five positions and the Lakers suck, so please, hold your applause. Individual performances should only matter when they're resulting in W's, otherwise they're meaningless -- ask the Spurs. Team sports are about watching a group of people come together at the expense of their individual goals to play better than the other team. Otherwise it's just Air Bud.
Laker fans owe it to themselves and the history of that franchise to hold this team to a higher standard than just screaming "Wowy zowy dad, Kobe Bryant! Look at him go!" Can they do that? I mean, part of me thinks "no," as we're talking about Los Angeles -- quite possibly the most superficial city on Earth. Of course they're obsessed with the vapid, glamorous bullshit like Kobe's celebrity and gaudy numbers. (By the way, he's shooting a career low percentage from the field with your paycheck.)
Get real about your team. The rest of the sports world is laughing at you.
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