World Trashes Kobe; Kobe Responds With Vintage Performance
Wait, so Kobe is motivated by negative press? Criticism? Dark matter? It'd appear so, as he scored 27 points in last night's preseason loss to the Suns, while the sports media world was busy sharpening their knives to carve him up the next day.
He shot 50%.
At a certain point, the media runs out of controversy and is forced to go after the sick and old -- Tom Brady comes to mind -- only to breath new life into their careers with premature speculation as to their demise. Sure, last night Kobe moved more like Tracy McGrady in his waning years than Michael Jordan, but that's not to say Kobe won't figure out how to make that work for him this season.
As for the media -- let's just hope they (we) figure out how to be more patient with aging superstars.
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