The moral of the latest story coming out of Laker Land: Only Kobe Bryant can, or should, do a Kobe Bryant impersonation.
The future Hall of Famer who has been imitated by his lighthearted Lakers teammate, Dwight Howard, so many times since they teamed up in the summer did a fine rendition of himself on Sunday in Dallas, scoring 38 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 103-99 win vs. the host Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
The Lakers have 11 wins in their last 15 games and are within 2 1/2 games of a playoff spot. They haven’t lost since Bryant guaranteed last week the team would make the playoffs.
And as if his 14-point, 5-of-5 from the field fourth quarter wasn’t enough of a closing act, Bryant took to Twitter to take his last shot of the day. After Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a Friday radio appearance: “If you look at their (the Lakers’) payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?”, Bryant responded postgame by tweeting “Amnesty THAT.”
“That’s why he’s Kobe Bryant,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s not John Smith. No disrespect to John Smith, whoever he is. That’s what he does. That’s what he loves. That’s what he trains for.”