You’ll never change my mind that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Not even LeBron James can do that.
You won’t make me repent that Dwight Howard left the Orlando Magic franchise in shambles after a messy divorce. They still haven’t really recovered.
And you won’t make me ever feel sorry that the Laker’s dynasty didn’t win another world championship to add to their dynasty and legacy as one of the best basketball organizations ever.
But for Kobe, I’ll forget everything to honor his memory.
That is the opportunity the Los Angeles Lakers have given basketball fans around the world with their game five victory against the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
This hellish year on the calendar started with the death of Kobe Bryant. I’ll never forget it. I was taking pictures at the Pro Bowl. The news dampened the entire event and sent the sports world into mourning. It still stings.
Among the loss of Kobe, a world wide pandemic, and conflict in the streets, we can find distraction and possibly a moment of happiness and peace in watching the organization he loved compete for a ring.
With apologies to Boston or Miami, this isn’t about rooting for the team that “hits” right. It’s about honoring someone we terribly miss. Don’t take the resistance the wrong way.
There will be a lot of storylines in these finals. The bubble. LeBron’s legacy. The next level of Anthony Davis. And yes even redemption for Frank Vogel and Dwight Howard in the very city where they first failed.
But this is about saying “Thank You” to Kobe the right way. And we’re all there for it.
Frank Torres is a Pro Content Producer and Media Personality. When he’s not blogging, podcasting, or shooting videos on FTR he’s helping others grow their operations. He resides in Orlando, Florida and misses his time in the military everyday.