|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 14, 2013 at 6:35 AM|
I had another post ready for this topic. I couldn't find what I was looking for. I couldn't put the right words together. It felt real, and then it didn't. I guess getting to the point is better. It's been a bad season for the Celtics and Lakers. Both franchises made moves to compete for a NBA title. Two injuries have decided that it's not in the cards. In that process, both set of fans feel something that's the same,loss cuts the soul. We lost Rondo, and they lost Kobe. With both injuries. The Celtics and Lakers have found a common ground. They feel for each other. When Rondo was gone, and lost for the season after the ACL injury. Kobe tweeted his sympathy to Rondo. With Kobe's injury the Celtics have offered up their respect for Bryant as well.
"That was hard. I made it home in time to actually witness that, and it was hard to watch,” the Celtics coach said before last night’s 120-88 win against Orlando. “My players are my favorite, but if I had another (favorite) it would be Kobe. I just love his heart. Heck, I love the fact that he got up and made two free throws with a torn Achilles. If it happened to me, I would have been lying on the floor crying like a baby.
“He is as tough of a competitor that we’ve seen, ever,” said Rivers. “He’ll be missed. I like everybody to be healthy, and I would love him to be, but he won’t, so we’re going to miss him.”
Count Rivers among those who believe the 34-year-old Bryant can return to an elite level despite his advancing age.
“I wouldn’t bet against him coming back and being great — I can tell you that,” he said. “I believe that if he wants to come back and be great, he’ll do that. I’ve never had an Achilles injury. I covered all of the other ones. So I don’t know what that entails. I don’t even know how long you’re out with that. A long time I guess.”
Kevin Garnett, one of Bryant’s closest friends in the league, was similarly struck by the news.
“I texted him and told him that I put him in my prayers,” said Garnett. “No one in the world wants to see that happen to a great athlete, a great player like that. I wish him well.”
I don't hate Kobe, but I do hate the Lakers. I respect the guy. I really wanted a Lakers vs Celtics finals this season, and that dream was over early in the season in a sense. The Celtics and Lakers are storied franchises. Both are in awkward spots. I guess they'll compete on who can rehab the fastest, or who can change things around. These two teams will always be linked, and they found another way this season.