Tuesday, January 31 2023

After the Los Angeles Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal and cut ties with head coach Phil Jackson in the summer of 2004, Kobe Bryant was effectively marooned on a desert island.

He was left on his lonesome to carry the team the following season without any real reinforcements, and everything fell apart around him, as it finished 34-48 and missed the playoffs.

In what seemed like a mini-miracle at the time, Jackson returned as coach that June, but the team itself was still a mess, as it was devoid of supporting talent.

Jackson, Bryant and the Lakers started the 2005-06 season in Colorado versus the Denver Nuggets, and predictably, fans hurled all sorts of taunts at the superstar guard having to do with the legal charges he faced there a couple of years earlier.

The game went into overtime, and with the game tied, Bryant delivered a long 2-point jumper with 0.6 seconds left to give his team a 99-97 victory.

[embedded content]

He finished the game with 33 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

At the time, it seemed like nothing more than a positive start to the season, but in retrospect, it may have been an auspicious omen of the redemption that was ahead for Bryant and the Lakers.


Kevin Durant to stay with Nets; what it means for the Lakers

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire

Source: Yahoo Sports


Russell Westbrook's Lakers future uncertain with arrival of Patrick Beverley | UNDISPUTED


Charles Barkley declares Kevin Durant failure amid Nets reunion

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Eli Manning talks Brock Purdy’s unfortunate elbow injury in NFC Title game| THE CARTON SHOW

Eli Manning joins The Carton Show after the division championship games, and shares his thoughts on these big matchups. They start with the San Francisco 49ers, who suffered yet another blow at the quarterback spot against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brock Purdy was out early with an injury to his elbow, and Eli shares his thoughts […]

Read More

Detroit Pistons lose to Dallas Mavericks, 111-105: Game thread replay

When: 8:30 p.m. Monday. Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas. TV: Bally Sports Detroit. Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; Pistons radio affiliates). Line: Mavericks by 7½. • Box score Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes hits a 3-pointer against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. Game notes: The Pistons take on the […]

Read More

Watch Mavericks vs. Pistons: TV channel, live stream info, start time

Who’s Playing Detroit @ Dallas Current Records: Detroit 13-38; Dallas 26-25 What to Know This Monday, the Detroit Pistons are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 120.24 points per contest. They will take on the Dallas Mavericks on the road at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday at […]

Read More