Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kobe Bryant Taking Lakers To Playoffs
Kobe Bryant is about two weeks away from either breaking or keeping his promise that the Los Angeles Lakers would clinch a playoff berth this year. Bryant has been able to lead the Lakers to within 1.5 games of the Utah Jazz and there are only 20 games left to play before the NBA Playoffs begin.
Could he actually take them to the playoffs or is it too much of a stretch for the Lakers?
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith believes they can do it saying, “This recent stretch by Kobe is so Jordan reminiscent it’s not even funny. He’s just willing his team to victory every night.”
And with numbers like 33.6 points a game and a 53.6 shooting percentage from the floor, Bryant has been on a serious hot streak the last five games. If he can keep up this pace, the Lakers could be back in the playoffs.
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kobe Bryant vs Dwight Howard
This was supposed to be the year that Bryant took a little break from being on the floor so much but it seems that hasn’t been the case at all. He is actually the third highest player when it comes to average minutes played per game. Although Kobe has been playing more than anticipated, it seems Kobe and Dwight Howard are finally getting along, which may mean some rest for Kobe.
At the beginning of the year Kobe made it clear he wasn’t getting pushed out of the organization, and Dwight Howard made it clear he had arrived in Los Angeles. The two seemed to be at odds with each other and not doing what it took to make the team work as one.
In the latest game against the Hornets it seems the two have actually decided to work together for once to bring the team a win. The win and teamwork came about 62 games too late as the Lakers are looking at a season that could unravel fast. Will the two of them be able to get on the same page and play basketball together? Only time will tell.