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Shaping a Legacy: What Game 7 Means to Kobe Bryant

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Since Tuesday nights Game 6 win, any discussion surrounding the Lakers in Game 7 tends to revert back to what this game means for Kobe Bryant’s legacy. Although Bryant has already cemented himself as one of the greatest to ever play the game, Game 7 may shape forever how people in the future remember him.

As mentioned in many articles before, Game 7 will affect the legacies and futures of all involved, including Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Ron Artest and the Big Three. However none will be scrutinized or praised more depending on the outcome of this game than Kobe.

What will a win tonight do for Bryant’s legacy? What about a loss? Let’s take a look at what’s at stake in the biggest game of Kobe Bean Bryant’s career.

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Debate is Done: Ron Artest is a Better Laker Fit than Trevor Ariza

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Three games into the NBA Finals and we know a couple things for sure:

– Derek Fisher is still a stone-cold killer when it matters most
– Home-court advantage means absolutely nothing in this series
– Despite his poor offense, Ron Artest is a huge upgrade over Trevor Ariza

The time has finally come to end the debate over who the Lakers would have been better off with starting at small forward. The fact of the matter is despite a drop-off in offensive production, the Lakers are a much better team overall this season than they were during their title run last year.

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Five Reasons for Laker Fans to Relax

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Update! This article has made it to the front page of Yard Barker, Fox Sports blogging site!

After the Celtics beat the Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 to tie the NBA Finals at a game apiece, the reaction has been shockingly expected. Laker haters everywhere will spend the entire 48 hours in between Game 2 and Game 3 to let everyone know that the Lakers are finished, the Celtics are better, the Lakers are trash, it’s not coming back to LA, blah blah blah.

Laker fans are having the same reactions for the most part. The sky is falling down! Kobe is hurting again! The curse of Boston is rearing its ugly head at us again! Blah blah blah.

The fact of the matter is, while Game 2 was a huge win for the Celtics, the series is far from over. Laker fans need to relax and remember these five reasons that this series is far from over: Read the rest of this entry »

Best Free Agent Fit: Chris Bosh

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

July 1, 2010. Depending on who you ask, it is either the beginning of something beautiful or the end of a franchise as we know it. It’s a day that teams have spent two years fantasizing about, two years creating cap-space for, and two years telling their fans that it would be the day they turned their franchise around.

With all the big-name free agents already being eliminated from the playoffs, it’s not too early to look ahead to the possibilities of this summer.

Once that day finally hits, where will Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and others be headed? While we can’t predict the future, we can see which teams are the best fit for these free-agents-to-be. This week, we start with Chris Bosh and his new “fave five”. Read the rest of this entry »