Wellafterlastnight’seuphoricvictory by theLos AngelesLakers over theirfiercestrivalsforNBA supremacy in the Boston Celtics. There’llnowbemanyamongsttelling usthattheLakersarenowindeedthebestteamin the NBA. Record wiseandstatisticallythat’dproveto bethecase.But the argumentdoescontinueevenamongstthemostdiscerningoffansofnotjusttheNBAbutamongstbothteams’ legionsoffans.
Bryant and Garnett shake hands prior to the game played last night at the TD Banknorth Center in Boston , Mass. ………..
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The gameitselfthoughnot overly suspensefuldidpittwoteamswhoasoflate have beenplayingsomeexcellentbasketball. Andifnothingelsethehierarchyof the NBAhastobepleased with the waytheseasonseemstobeturningoutthusfar.We’ve seentheconsistencyofoneofitsbrighteststarsin LeBron JamesoftheClevelandCavaliers. Who’snowleadingthemtogreatheightsthis season.He’sablyabettedby thelikesofAnderson Varejao, Mo Williamsandothers.
Kevin Garnett of the Celtics looks to make a move against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.
Butitis theLakersandCelticswhomtheleague appearsto live anddiebywhenitcomestoequatingitssuccess.Especiallyon thebusinesssideof theequation.Anyonewho’dthink otherwiseclearlyhasn’tseenthesortproduct that thetwoteamsmoveintermsofmerchandising,notonlydomesticallybutalsointernationally.Andforasportthatnowgeneratesinexcess of$8.5bnannuallyinrevenues.One canonlythink that thisbrings asmiletothefaceofCommissionerDavidSternwhenbothteams aresuccessfulandsitatopofthe game.
OKsoKobe Bryanthasprovedonceagainwhy hemightjustbethegreatestoffensive presencethereis in the NBA today.Notonlyhashelived upto theexpectationsonebelievedhistalentsbelied.Buttheeuphoriaover the playernowbordersonaGod likestatus andadoration of theplayer.
Butthereareopponentsofthisviewwhoseeand feel thatLeBron Jamesofthe ClevelandCavaliers maywellbethebetterplayeratthisjuncturein theircareers.WelllastnightnightBryanttookituponhimselftodrop61pointson thelamentableNewYork Knicks.WhosedefenseshallwesayisaboutasnotableasthatoftheTrojans’defenseofTroywhentheycameundertheattackfrom the Greeks.Sufficetosay therewasnowoodenhorseneededheretobreakdowntheKnicks’defenseat Madison SquareGardenslastnight. BryantandtheLos AngelesLakershadtheirwaywith theteam.
Wilson Chandler of the Knicks tries to defend the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Doug Watts …………
Say what you will about defending a championship as there’s often the belief that once having won one it’s extremely difficult to come back to try and defend and retain the said championship. But it’d appear that’s what the Boston Celtics are setting out to do this year. So much so that the start and stats that they’ve proceeded to put up are even more staggering than last seasons. They’re now on pace to exceed last season’s tally of 66 wins. Infact that they’re now on pace for 74 wins that’d best the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 tally at the height of when Michael Jordan reigned supreme.
Paul Pierece grabs his left knee in pain having injured it during the game played against the Utah Jazz. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Paul Matthews ………..
That being said this team with their triumvirate of stars in the guise of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce now seem to have added an even greater swagger to their role as champions. The team’s play is one of confidence night in and night out since this season has started. And the fact that they now sit atop of their division with a commanding 10 game lead over their nearest rival the New Jersey Nets within the Atlantic Division. It’d suggest that the team hasn’t missed a beat since its defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers in last season’s NBA Finals. At 23-2 the team as alluded to before is playing with a great deal of confidence and it has to be said has come with the improvement in the play of sophomore point guard Rajon Rondo. As of late the player has been on a tear that has impressed not only his coach Glenn Doc’ Rivers but also his more studious and experienced teammates as well.
Rajon Rondo of the Celtics and Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz contest a loose ball during the game played on Monday night. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Paul Matthews ………………..
Rondo commands the floor with a great deal of presence and no longer would it appear that the leadership role on the floor has to go through Garnett or Pierce with everyone else having to defer to them both in terms of the team’s offense. Rondo now has the confidence in his own ability and that of his teammates around him that he makes the right decisions when it comes to the distribution of the ball and the aspects of the team’s offensive strategies. Rivers,himself has expressed his pleasure in the player’s seemingly progress and maturity shown not just on the basketball court but also off it as well. So much so that the feeling is that the player can become the lynch pin of the team’s success for years to come and that the franchise can also profit from it all. Say nothing of which in repeating as champions they would become to the toast of the New England area.