The Black Mamba

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“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant” 

DAY 4 – I was watching the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers on t.v. when I saw THIS. I suddenly asked myself, “How old is Kobe again?” Then I realized that he’s already 34. 34 years old guys! I know. Some of you would say that 34 is not that old but can you find another person today that could still do that at 34? I don’t think so.

About 10 years ago when this friend of mine approached me at school and asked me if I knew who Kobe Bryant was. I said, “Kobe who?” After that he left me and never talked to me again. Actually no, he returned because he asked for his ballpen. Then he never talked to me again. Anyway. There. So when I went home I searched for “kobe” in the internet. The results were all beef, can you believe that? I was puzzled so I tried searching for “Kobe Bryant” instead and there, this Los Angeles Laker wearing number 8 came out on the screen. I started watching some of his games including the games that brought Kobe his second straight championship. Of course, the Lakers would go on to win the championship on the next season completing a rare 3-peat. And then would win again on seasons 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

Kobe Bryant achieved mind-boggling feats as his career went on. In 2003, in a game against the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), Kobe made 12 3-point field goals to tie Donyell Marshall as the only players in NBA history with the most 3-point field goals made in a game. In 2006, Kobe scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. It is the second highest output in a game in NBA history. The highest is 100 points by Wilt Chamberlain. As of now, Kobe holds the record for the youngest player to reach the 20,000-point and 25,000-point barrier. And just recently, Kobe became the youngest to eclipse the 30,000-point mark. In a game against the New Orleans Hornets December last year, needing 13 points to reach 30,000, Bryant scored 17 in the first half and finish with 29 in the game to achieve the feat.

Some would say that Kobe is the best player. I think no, he is not, but he is on his way to being one. For me, Michael Jordan is still the best player ever to step on the hardwood. I think that for Kobe to beat MJ as the best, he needs to overtake, if not, at least match everything Jordan did including those six rings and those six MVPs but he needs to hurry up because he is already 34 and he is not getting any younger each day.

For you guys, who do you think is the best player to ever grace the court?

ECONOMICS

  • In UK, the CIPS/Markit PMI for services went down from 50.2 to 48.9, surpassing the 50-point mark which separates economic expansion from contraction. Services sector accounts for three-quarters of Britain’s economy. The 48.9 mark is the lowest in two years. Economists say that if this continue, UK’s economy might go on a triple dip recession and they may lose their triple-A credit rating. – UK service sect…. on The Guardian
  • In America, after a series of ups and downs this past week, one of the three major stock indices closed at a new bull market high. S&P 500 index closed at 1,466.47 points, 4.6% higher than the previous close last December 28. Dow Jones closed at 13,435.21 while NASDAQ closed at 3,101.66 up 3.8% and 4.8%, respectively. – Stocks: S%P 500…. on USA Today
  • In Philippines, investors are preparing for a much greater year for real estate. In the latter part of 2012, revenue from real estate increased by almost 19% making it the fastest growing industry in our country. Real estate companies are pointing out two reasons for this real estate boom. The first one is the continuous increase of BPOs in our country that boosts the construction of commercial buildings. The second one is the increase in the number of OFWs buying condominiums for investment. – Banner year for…. on Yahoo

Sources used in the article: NBA, ESPN, Wikipedia

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