Why Kobe Bryant Wants To Be A Laker For Life

Why Kobe Bryant Wants To Be A Laker For LifeIn that meeting in the fall of 2007, near the start of training camp, Jerry Buss presented Kobe Bryant with a scenario of Bryant’s own request: a trade out of Los Angeles, out of the franchise that drafted and groomed him and taught him to be a champion.

‘True for all of them’

Even now, Kobe Bryant still thinks about that time in his life when he was too impatient, when he failed to give Buss’ own history and greatness its proper due. Whatever the owner had told him that night about a trade – Detroit or Chicago, Dallas or wherever – it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

For all Bryant’s impatience, there was still such an immense part of him that was comforted in the company of the Los Angeles Lakers’ patriarch. True for Bryant, true for all of them.


‘Lakers for life and beyond’

No one walks away from the Lakers, from Buss, and does so without a deep, lingering regret. These were the Showtime Lakers, and they would be again with Bryant and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. In his 17th season, Bryant’s belief that he’ll never wear another uniform is unwavering.

The late Jerry Buss gave Bryant the gift of Jerry West trading for him on draft day in ’96, of Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson, of five NBA championships that perhaps wouldn’t have been available anywhere else.

All these years later, Kobe Bryant is blessed to know that he never walked out on Dr. Buss, that he’ll share something with the late, great owner forever: Lakers for life – and beyond.

Do you think Kobe Bryant still could have achieved the same set of achievements if he agreed to other NBA trades? Who is your favorite NBA player of all time?

Source: Adrian, Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports

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Power Outage Delays Super Bowl XLVII For 34 Minutes

Power Outage Delays Super Bowl XLVII For 34 MinutesSuper Bowl XLVII suffered an extraordinary and embarrassing delay on Sunday evening when a power surge caused most of the lights at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to go out with 13:22 left in the third quarter. The power outage delayed the game for 34 minutes.

‘Outside power feed’

The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 when the scoreboard ceased operations at 7:37 p.m. CT and all except a bank of ceiling lights stopped working. The emergency lights that came on were the same ones that were used during Hurricane Katrina when the Superdome became an impromptu shelter for thousands seeking refuge.

NFL officials said that the issue was with an outside power feed that was beyond the stadium’s control. Health and safety rules dictated that a number of checks and protocols had to be completed before the lighting could be brought back. Head referee Jerome Boger and his crew explained to coaches Jim and John Harbaugh that each team would be given a warm-up period in order to get themselves ready to play once again. Both teams declined, opting to re-start the game once the lights came back on.


‘Longest kick return’

The delay did not dampen the spirits of the Ravens players or their support, still buoyant after a spectacular start to the second half, when Jacoby Jones ran the kickoff back 108 yards, the longest kick return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history.

The power outage was the biggest Super Bowl mishap since 2011 in Dallas, when 850 angry fans were denied entry to the stadium due to fire marshals ruling some seating sections unusable.

Were you there when the Super Bowl XLVII power outage happened? Do you think this big mishap could happen again?

Source: Martin Rogers, Yahoo Sports

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