Podcast: Say Queensbridge

Less than 20 minutes after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics 83-79 to win the  NBA championship, Kobe Bryant was announced as the NBA Finals MVP–and deservedly so.  He averaged 27 points a game, and with the exception of  Game 7 , he kept the Lakers in every game.  But the Game 7 MVP was clearly Ron Artest.

He played a team high 46 minutes, and he scored 20 points and had five steals.  When none of his teammates seemed to be able to hit shots consistently, Artest picked up the slack admirably.  And when Rasheed Wallace hit a three-pointer to bring the Celtics within three points towards the end of the game, Artest calmly hit an open three-pointer of his own to effectively put the game out of reach.

During this podcast, Ryan and Rashad discuss the great play of Artest, the rebounding dominance of the Lakers, the struggles of the Celtics in the fourth quarter, and Kobe Bryant’s legacy.

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About the Author

Rashad Mobley Rashad Mobley is a senior writer for Hoops Addict who has covered the Washington Wizards with media credentials since the 2008-2009 NBA season. He has appeared on Fox Sports Radio and KRNU 90.3.

Comments (2)

  1. Amadou

    I loved the analysis you all gave the whole series. I listened to every episode. I’m not trying to change anybody’s mind here, but since Rashad asked to be corrected if he was wrong about bad shooting performances by MJ in the playoffs, I’ll have to point out that Jordan missed 20 shots in his final championship game against the Utah Jazz (J.A. Adande pointed that out today in his recap on ESPN). While a 6-24 shooting night isn’t Jordan-like, I believe that when we evaluate Kobe’s career after he retires, we’ll also say that a 6-24 shooting night isn’t Kobe-like either. Despite Kobe’s awful shooting night (partly due to awful decisions on Kobe’s part, but mostly due to the Celtics incredibly focused defense), he contributed in other ways, particularly with rebounding and defense. And while everybody is coming down on Ray Allen’s lack of offense, let’s all keep in mind that he logged the most minutes defending Kobe and he should be commended for his efforts. Allen simply didn’t have the legs to perform well on both ends of the court. We saw Paul Pierce’s offense suffer in a similar manner in the matchup against the Cavaliers because he had to play tons of minutes guarding LeBron. By merely being on the court, Kobe was able to affect one of Boston’s best shooters. My main point is that great players impact the game in ways that don’t always show up in the stat sheet and I don’t believe that Kobe’s bad shooting performance last night is enough to put the Jordan comparisons to rest.

  2. Rashad Mobley

    I hear you Amadou, and I guess my point was that we need to appreciate Kobe, and not muddy up the waters by constantly breaking out comparisons. He’s one of the all-time greats, and he has a chance to push his legacy to even higher heights. But when you start comparing him to Magic and Michael, it cheapens his accomplishments a bit..at least to me it does. Even Kobe seemed exasperated by it in the post game press conference.

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