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Versatile. It means to be competent in many things, easily able to turn from one thing to another, adaptable to many uses or functions. For years, the pundits have considered Lamar Odom an enigma, a player who never truly, according the their thought process, lived up to his considerable gifts.

Instead of accepting and appreciating the man for what he is, many have erroneously wasted precious time and energy telling others what he should be accomplishing, what he should be doing, what he should be. They saw the mind-boggling athleticism for a man that size – 6′10″, the defensive prowess, the rebounding, the scoring, the ball handling, the floor generalship, the vision and lovely dish repertoire on the break, and got seduced into greediness.

Maybe now, as the filter of time has led to a sincere appreciation of his ability to be so good at so many things, to be an essential element to a championship mix, to complement Kobe and Pau, or Durant, D Rose and Chauncey in the successful, arduous quest to be the last, best team standing, folks will finally give the man his props. Read More »

Exactly two years ago to the day in 2008, Ron Artest walked up to Kobe Bryant, in Hollywood’s most talked about shower scene since Psycho, and promised that he could help deliver him a championship after the physical and psychological 39-point demolition just administered by the rough, rugged Boston Celtics.

He told Kobe, in essence, “You need me. And I need you.” And after last night’s nail biting, 83-79 Laker victory that clinched the franchise’s 16th World Championship, Ron’s words of two years ago proved profoundly prophetic. Read More »

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Thanks to the historic rampage that the Lakers went on last night in their 89-67 victory, the basketball universe will be treated to a delicious winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow evening. The last time we saw Kobe Bryant in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden, he was fighting by himself, seemingly buck naked, like the Asian dude in the movie, The Hangover, when he hops out of the trunk and causes some bodily harm before escaping into the desert to bring back re-inforcements.

After Game 5, it was apparent that if the Lakers had any chance of successfully defending their title, Kobe would need his entire supporting cast to step up and be counted. And in Game 6, that’s just what happened. And then some! Read More »

While Kobe Bryant did everything in his power to send Los Angeles back to the west coast with a victory in hand, he received as much help from his teammates as New Orleans got from FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Thus far, the 2010 Finals has been ripe with ancillary storylines – the rugged toughness, exemplified by Ron Artest, exhibited by L.A. in Game 1, Rondo’s triple-double masterpiece coupled with Sugar Ray Allen’s sweet stroke in Game 2, Derek Fisher’s late-game heroics in Game 3 and and the Celtics Killer B’s (Big Baby and the bench) making all the difference in Game 4.

But last night, it was all about the Return of the Macks, as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rondo re-established their top billing in Boston’s 92-86 Game 5 victory. Read More »

For the majority of this game, this series seemed to finally be defining itself. The Lakers looked to be the superior team, with the two best players on the court, Kobe and Pau Gasol, mesmerizing aficionado’s with their mastery of the most difficult moves. At various turns, Kobe and Pau made their Picasso-like brilliance look as simple as finger painting.

But the nuance and texture of this championship, and possibly the season, morphed into something entirely different in the fourth quarter. It was then that the Celtics unlikely pair of heroes, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and little Nate Robinson, led their team to victory, assisted by the key contributions of Tony Allen and Rasheed Wallace, with a game changing swarm. Read More »

With the Lakers wobbling down the stretch and trying to hold on to their slowly disappearing lead, it wasn’t Kobe or Pau, Odom or Ron-Ron that secured the series advantage for Los Angeles in Game 3. The hero was none other than Derek Fisher, who had that feeling in the fourth quarter, where his 11 points, as the sand slipped out of the hourgalss on the Celtics, propelled his team past Boston’s furious late-game rally. Read More »

So, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum put up 46, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could only be found, offensively, on the back of a milk carton and the Lakers attempted 15 more free throws than the Celtics. And Boston still walked away with the victory?

That was due, largely in part, to Ray Allen’s superfluous shooting performance. In case you missed it, you missed one for the record books. In addition, we were again treated to the emergence of Rajon Rondo, who has officially crashed the penthouse party of the league’s premier floor generals. Read More »

Two years ago, moments after Kobe and the Lake Show were decimated by 39 points in Boston’s Game 6 clincher of the 2008 NBA Finals, Ron Artest, who was then playing for the Sacramento Kings and there to cheer on his childhood friend and former AAU teammate from Queens, Lamar Odom, approached Kobe in the locker room and told him he could help him beat the Celtics and get another ring. Read More »