Well all my wildest dreams have come true. Last night, after another virtuoso performance running the point, Kobe referred to himself as Neo. Its no secret that Keanu Reeves is the greatest American actor of all time, but the fact that his characters are now being referenced in mainstream sports is a dream come true for both of us.
The Lakers have now won three games in a row against formidable competition (Hornets were 8-4 in last 12 before LA, OKC's greatness this season need not be explained and the Jazz were 8-2 in last 10 before LA). During that stretch, Kobe has averaged just 16.3ppg, down dramatically from the nearly 28ppg he was averaging before this turnaround. I would argue though that Kobe is making a stronger push for the MVP now than ever before with his increases in rebounds and assists (8.7rpg and 13apg). He is now RUNNING the Lakers' offense. He realizes that Nash has nothing and I really mean NOTHING left in the tank and if the Lakers are going to make any noise this year, it is going to be on Kobe and Kobe alone.
I love that Kobe said if he were a PG he would be the best in the league. Just loves his game so much. Why would he not though? Being able to change his game like he is doing, at this point in his career, mid-season is fucking foolish. He should not be able to do this. Blows my mind.
If the Lakers can get into the playoffs, they are scaaaaaaaaaaaary.