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In honor of #NBAOpeningWeek and the season opener for my #LosAngelesLakers, here is a #tbt to last season 💜🏀💛 Three different jerseys. 1 legend.
Today's WORK KICKS were my NIKE KOBE VIII ‘PURPLE GRADIENT’s’ Tonight the @lakers take the floor for their first game of the 2017 season. Had to represent the PURPLE and GOLD (Admittedly no GOLD on these kicks. Haha) How do you think the LAKERS will do this season? Ball for ROOKIE of the YEAR? Will KUZMA be the steal of the draft? GO LAKERS!
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Feb. 1, 2008: 10 seasons ago, @kobebryant's 46pt performance in Toronto the night the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol is surely among his most underrated games. Just wait for reverse between-the-legs blind fadeaway 3. Kobe shot 19-28 against a team he put 81pts on just two years before. Despite dropping 35 fewer points, he actually looked even better in this game. The bad news that Andrew Bynum would be out until late March was balanced out and then some by the acquisition of Pau Gasol, a supremely skilled 7 footer wallowing away on the team that drafted him (Memphis). Gasol in his prime was the most skilled scoring center in the game. He knew how to play with his back to the basket and didn't settle for shooting 3's back then. Pau's presence and rapidly developed chemistry with Kobe translated into a run to the Finals that year, taking out the defending champion Spurs en route to a matchup with the Big-3 Celtics coached by Doc Rivers. After more than half a decade of shit ratings, the Lakers and Celtics saved the greatest league in the world, again. The NBA was back. Boston was certainly the better team in 2008, while the Lakers still had some kinks to work out considering Phil Jackson had to figure out how to integrate Pau Gasol into the Laker offense on such short notice. Bynum's injury didn't help either. The team would go on to win the Finals the following 2 years in '09 and '10. That meant Kobe had repeated as champion 3 times in his career. MJ and Pippen repeated as champs 4 times. Shaq did it twice, both with Kobe. Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Isiah Thomas, and LeBron James did it just once. Larry Bird and Tim Duncan have never repeated as champs. Watch Lamar Odom's absolutely beyond audacious dribble move around the defender on that fastbreak at the end of the vid. LO continued down the court and found a trailing Kobe with a behind-the-back pass. Bryant opted to finish the play by falling backwards and laying it up behind his head. Kobe was seen cracking up as he ran back on defense, the first sign of joy all night after a long night of getting hit in the head by defenders; no non-center superstar ever had to work harder than Kobe to get calls.
Kobe AD sale at Vaughan mills, Ontario Canada. 🔥🔥🔥
▪️The Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 PDT

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