Los Angeles Lakers lose but still honor Kobe Bryant, 4 lessons

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LeBron James didn’t have his best game, but it doesn’t matter.

LeBron James finished with 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He was off. It was understandable. He lost a close friend. He missed lay-ups. Who cares? Try playing a game after the week he had.

LeBron James did something bigger before the game even started. He showed Lakers Nation that he is committed fully to carrying on the legacy of Kobe Bryant which is bringing a championship to the Los Angeles Lakers franchise.

It’s up to the Lakers fanbase to help support him. That includes Kobe’s fan base too. It is a poorly kept secret that they haven’t backed him since he showed up last year. To those fans, now you have a choice. Do you want a ring or not? Bashing LeBron James won’t help matters any.

Like AD, LeBron started the game strong in the first quarter with six points and five assists. It really looked like it was going to be his night.


But after a couple of dunks early, James tailed off. It just wasn’t his night. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that he has promised to lead this team in the right way and Lake Show Life believes he will. He competed the entire night and kept an emotionally torn up team together.

If Lillard doesn’t go nuts, this probably would have been a Lakers win.

Now let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Kyle Kuzma.