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Lakers Play Of The Week: Kobe Showing The Heart Of A Champion Reviewed by Momizat on . It’s been an insane week for the Lakers, who clinched a seventh seed without the help of Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash in the line-up. The Lakers travel to San Anto It’s been an insane week for the Lakers, who clinched a seventh seed without the help of Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash in the line-up. The Lakers travel to San Anto Rating:
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Lakers Play Of The Week: Kobe Showing The Heart Of A Champion

It’s been an insane week for the Lakers, who clinched a seventh seed without the help of Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash in the line-up. The Lakers travel to San Antonio for the first game of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday. This week’s play of the week was a no-brainer, a play that can only be described in one word – heart.

Kobe Bryant went down in the Lakers win against the Golden State Warriors last Friday night in the fourth quarter. At the time, no one knew that Kobe completely ruptured his Achilles and would have surgery the next day.

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The game was tied. Kobe had two free throws to shoot. He could barely walk, but if he didn’t shoot the free throws, he knew the Warriors could pick whoever they wanted to shoot. And, the Lakers needed those free throws. So, Kobe hobbled to the free throw line, and without the ability to bend his legs, knocked known both free throws. Perfectly. He took a few hobbled steps back from the free throw line as he waited for his teammates to foul so he could be taken out of the game and limp to the locker-room.

The Lakers won that game by just two points. And those free throws should go down as the most symbolic in NBA history.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.barretto Ramon Barretto

    Have absolutely no problem with this being the play of the week. This easily ranks up there with Knicks’ Willis Reed Finals moment. Personally, I believe it eclipses it considering the severity of Kobe’s injury and the importance and significance of winning that game. Lest we forget so quickly that in this same game Kobe came down awkwardly 2 previous times and each time he stepped to the line and made his free throws. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSES!!! This will go a long way as far as motivation for the rest of the team and hopefully the Lakers will have a good showing in this post season. Like many I was ready to blow this team up because of how frustrating this season has been but even if the Lakers end up losing this series vs the Spurs (which realistically may be the eventual result), there are so many positives overall this season. I don’t expect Kobe to be ready by the beginning of the 2013-14 season but at the same time, I will never doubt that there is a possibility. With a complete training camp, every player coming back relatively healthy, and maybe pick up some youth in some role players, then all bets are off for next season and absolutely anything can happen. There is still so much talent on this team not to believe they are capable of winning it all if the pieces and the circumstances are proper. GO LAKERS!!!!

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