It was March when a Sports Illustrated article declared the NBA season done, that June’s champion already a foregone conclusion:
“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” — Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.” Everyone knows that, but there’s something that seems to be lost inContinue reading “All of the Greats Take Losses”
After a dreadful season in which he was faced to confront his own basketball mortality, Kobe Bryant’s final game was the most Kobe Bryantest game possible. He scored 60 points! On 50 shots! In the locker room after the game, the Lakers popped champagne! This after a season in which they finished 17 – 65,Continue reading “Week in Review (April 15, 2016)”
Today, Kobe Bryant is one of the elder statesmen of the NBA and next weekend his career will be celebrated at his 18th and final All-Star game. Like Peyton Manning, he now relies on his intelligence and guile rather than his athleticism to keep competing against the young upstarts. Things were very different in 1997.
It’s nearly 2016, so that means it’s been a decade since three of the greatest athletes in American sports history were in their absolute primes. Kobe Bryant was leading a scrub-filled Lakers team that year, which included his absurd 81-point game in January, 2006. 2006 was the year Peyton Manning finally got over the hump,Continue reading “Kobe, Peyton & Tiger Make Us Face Our Own Mortality”