I am starting believe that Kobe Bryant’s “more feared than loved” style ain’t that bad because it gets results. Ever since, the Lakers got bounced from the finals last year by the Boston Celtics, Kobe Bryant has been on a tear during the 08-09 season with revenge on his mind. The Jazz, Rockets, and Nuggets all tested the Lakers mettle but Kobe Bryant would not be denied and only a return to the finals would do. So, say what you want to about Bryant, but I can’t name another guy with 3 championship rings on his fingers that’s still hungry for another more that the “Black Mamba”.
The Orlando Magic can pull off an upset, but do you really want to bet against Kobe Bryant? I think not.