dEDGE Post Scriptum
As the regular season hits the home stretch, teams intensify their play hopeful in securing the best possible playoff position for themselves. Key reserves begin to fine-tune their specialized craft whether it’s dishing for assists, hitting the trey, or being called upon as the defensive stopper. Marquee players and superstars alike begin to reassert themselves with more concentrated and focused play in preparation for the real season to commence. And MVP’s step up their play to a championship caliber, ready to lead by example, no longer exhibiting patience or understanding of a teammate’s mental lapse or missed assignment. Playoff series can be won or lost in a blink of the eye. Success or failure can rest on a single possession where a mistake is magnified tenfold. The shrug of a shoulder or one’s palms facing up in puzzlement are no longer viable excuses. Tomorrow is now, and a season’s worth of trial and error, experimentation and repetition have brought us to this place in time, hopefully secure and focused in executing reflexively and not reactively. The leash has become shorter, the rotation has grown smaller, and the need to play precisely has never been more crucial. Fist pounds and chest bumps are replaced by fingers poking into chests and stares of disgust and disdain. The need for a unified and singularly focused team is imperative to the overall success of the organization.
With Kobe Bryant, we have the best of the best. Bigger than ‘Bron, faster than Flash, stronger than Superman. No one executes more flawlessly, no one handles the pressure more serenely, and no one is capable of stopping him. The Los Angeles Lakers fortunes rest squarely on the shoulders of the reigning MVP. Averages of 28.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds every time he steps onto the floor. Every single big shot that needs to be hit. Every single big assist that needs to be dished off. Every single game changing rebound secured. And every single monumental play that secures a Lakers victory. Who do you turn to, down by a point with seconds left on the game clock? Who do you hand the defensive assignment to, when the other team’s superstar needs to be shut down? Who do you pass off to, when the opposing team has exerted its will and you need a momentum breaker? And who do you hand the ball to and get out of the way, to bail you out in the final minutes of the gold medal game with a talent-laden group of NBA superstars at your disposal? None other than the real MVP, Kobe Bryant.