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Lakers Nation Needs a Chill Pill

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Some Lakers fans have lost their damned minds.

Listening to ESPN Radio 710 AM, whose local broadcasters seem to only talk about Lakers non-stop, some callers actually think the Lakers are better without Kobe Bryant. Now I might have contributed to this nonsense on Saturday when at Portland, a place where the Lakers hadn’t won since February 23, 2005, I tweeted, “So I think Kobe was the reason the #lakers haven’t won in Portland for so lonng.”

Har-dee-har-har. I also tweeted that maybe former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy was the reason that the Clippers won any game. I also predicted the Colts to beat the Saints 49-31, though as a consolation prize I did guess correctly the amount of points the Saints would score.

Even the thought of Kobe being an obstacle to the Lakers winning the NBA Champion is an absurdity on par with Creationism as a scientific theory. It should be mocked and ridiculed endlessly.

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Regardless of your feelings for him, Kobe is one of the greatest players in the NBA. Just watching him play and some of the shots he makes leaves people’s jaws hanging on the ground.

Saying the Lakers don’t need Kobe is like saying the Chicago Bulls didn’t need Michael Jordan in the 1990s, the Lakers didn’t need Magic Johnson in the 1980s or the Boston Celtics didn’t need Bill Russell in the 1950s and 1960s.