Monday, February 16, 2009
I start this post with this video because it does nothing but make me happy to see these two on good terms so to speak. I've been a Laker Fan since the early '90's although I'm a Knick at Heart. When Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'neal won those 3 championships and broke it off, it made me sad, god knows how many titles and rings those 2 would be sharing right now if things would've never changed. But stuff happens, and life goes on. They were both reunited in the 58th NBA All Star Weekend, and boy did they do work when on the floor together.
Kobe Really looked for Shaq in pick and roll situations, While Kobe drained jumpers, Shaq did his silliness and entertained while Dropping 17 points in only 11 minutes of play. I will go out on a limb and say that not only did Shaq have the best intro to an All Star game ever, but he had quite possibly some of the best Highlights in the game. Bryant had a game high 27 points, while Amar'e Stoudemire added 19 points and 6 rebounds and Chris Paul, the floor general did just that, he had 14 points and 14 assists.
The East got out to a very early lead, while the West began the game pretty sluggish but things quickly changed. Players were locking down on Defense, and making shots after shots. At Halftime the game was pretty close, but once the 2nd half got underway it was clear to see that the West Squad just had more chemistry and wanted it that much more. LeBron James had the high in the East with 20 points and 5 rebounds and a "WOW" off the backboard alley oop to himself, in which, I kid you not, he was almost more then eye level with the rim. Dwyane Wade had 18 points and 5 assists and Paul Pierce added 18 as well.
The West squad scored 30 points or more in each of the 4 quarters winning the game 146-119 in what was a pretty entertaining game. You had big men shooting 3's, little guys posting up, and All Stars doing what they do...shinning. Great All Star Weekend, can't wait for the 2nd half of the season. The NBA, where All Stars Happens.