As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their steady climb from obscurity back into contention, they’ll need every complimentary piece to function as they attempt to fit into Mike D’Antoni’s system.
Steve Nash returned Saturday, signaling that Los Angeles would be close to returning to their projected form of world-beaters after trading for Dwight Howard this summer and putting together their own super team.
No changes to the roster or offensive identity will change the way Kobe Bryant plays the game, though. Bryant attempted 41 (41!!!!!) shots in their win over the Golden State Warriors, notching 34 points and 10 boards in the 118-115 victory.
But no shot Bryant took was more Kobe-esque than the tough fade away he hit to extend Los Angeles’ lead in overtime.
Bryant passed out of the post, called for the ball back, dribbled, fell down while dribbling, then nailed a fadeaway jumper.
And to cap it off, Bryant used the oft-used “Kobe jaw” in celebration.
Coaches and players can change, but Kobe Bean Bryant never will.