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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:41 pm    Post subject: Favorite Kobe season?

He gave us many great years. What is your favorite Kobe season?

2000-01: Fresh off of winning a title, a highly improved Kobe ramps his game up. He has several spectacular performances, and in the playoffs emerges as a force, dominating against the Kings and Spurs.

2002-03: A stronger, more bulky/muscular Kobe goes on a tear. Puts up his impressive 40 point streak. Does much of his work with Shaq recovering.

2003-04: Not as good statistically, but has several banner moments, including the final night of the regular season when he hits the game winning shot against Portland.

2005-06: Phil returns. Kobe puts up 35 points per game, and drags a poor roster to the playoffs. Nearly upsets the Suns.

2007-08: MVP season leads to a return to the Finals.

2012-13: A late career resurgence, ends in warrior-like fashion with an injury.

Or would it be a season besides one of these?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:02 pm    Post subject:

07-08 for me. I felt like I watched that team grow up from a bunch of nobodies to a finals team. It was too bad they didn’t win the year.

I liked 08-09 slightly less simply because it was an already established contender by that point.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:03 pm    Post subject:

04-05 version

Oct 24, 2004 https://youtu.be/exuwEth0u6U
Nov 2, 2004 https://youtu.be/CFq-_SNmUkE
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Jan 10, 2005 https://youtu.be/pDhLK-4hV6A
Mar 10, 2005 https://youtu.be/4Z2THLzdeMY
Mar 12, 2005 https://youtu.be/fcl1Tv90OaM
Apr 8, 2005 https://youtu.be/djYHkx1HCOM
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:03 pm    Post subject:

2008-2009. The 09 Lakers was such a fun group to watch as they were a class above almost all of the rest of the league in terms of scoring efficiency, defense and pace. This group had it all. The last year where Kobe vs Lebron was a legit debate and actually skewed in Kobe's favor no matter what the metrics say. You just knew Kobe had put everything together whereas Lebron was not fully mature yet. Also the biggest what-if year. Meeting the 09 Celtics in the finals with a healthy Garnett in a rematch would have made the 09 finals one of the greatest ever. The '10 Finals could have then been the ending of the trilogy.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject:

The amazing thing about Kobe is that he was so good it would be hard to choose which season was the best, he was special basically his whole NBA career so I choose all of them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:36 pm    Post subject:

To answer my own post, I'd probably have to go with either 2002-03 or 2005-06.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:11 pm    Post subject:

I will go with 2000-2001 season. That was the year Kobe became a true super star in my eyes.

The way he just destroyed the Spurs and Kings in the playoffs was amazing. Those two teams were the best 2 teams after the Lakers that year.

I still wish that team went 15-0 in the playoffs.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:25 pm    Post subject:

05-06 was just spectacular! Seeing the fear that opponents had for Kobe was hilarious since he would torch them nightly as basically an "F U...you're not gonna stop me no matter what you do." People had written him off, and he came back with a vengeance.

08-09 was also special since the team was on a mission from the start to redeem themselves after the 08 Finals. If i recall correctly, Mickaël Piétrus said Kobe was the best player in the NBA earlier that year, and he changed his shoes from Kobe's to another brand before guarding him in the Finals Seeing Gasol and Kobe both punk Dwight (a DPOY caliber player at the time) was very satisfying, and this was the last series that Fisher was effective/clutch with the classic smirk after draining multiple threes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:43 pm    Post subject:

BadGuy wrote:
05-06 was just spectacular! Seeing the fear that opponents had for Kobe was hilarious since he would torch them nightly as basically an "F U...you're not gonna stop me no matter what you do." People had written him off, and he came back with a vengeance.

08-09 was also special since the team was on a mission from the start to redeem themselves after the 08 Finals. If i recall correctly, Mickaël Piétrus said Kobe was the best player in the NBA earlier that year, and he changed his shoes from Kobe's to another brand before guarding him in the Finals Seeing Gasol and Kobe both punk Dwight (a DPOY caliber player at the time) was very satisfying, and this was the last series that Fisher was effective/clutch with the classic smirk after draining multiple threes.


Fisher hit a pretty big and-one layup in Game 3 against the Celtics the next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:58 pm    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
BadGuy wrote:
05-06 was just spectacular! Seeing the fear that opponents had for Kobe was hilarious since he would torch them nightly as basically an "F U...you're not gonna stop me no matter what you do." People had written him off, and he came back with a vengeance.

08-09 was also special since the team was on a mission from the start to redeem themselves after the 08 Finals. If i recall correctly, Mickaël Piétrus said Kobe was the best player in the NBA earlier that year, and he changed his shoes from Kobe's to another brand before guarding him in the Finals Seeing Gasol and Kobe both punk Dwight (a DPOY caliber player at the time) was very satisfying, and this was the last series that Fisher was effective/clutch with the classic smirk after draining multiple threes.


Fisher hit a pretty big and-one layup in Game 3 against the Celtics the next year.


Felt he was a net negative overall, but i do remember that one.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject:

The 5 title seasons
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:12 pm    Post subject:

CandyCanes wrote:
BadGuy wrote:
05-06 was just spectacular! Seeing the fear that opponents had for Kobe was hilarious since he would torch them nightly as basically an "F U...you're not gonna stop me no matter what you do." People had written him off, and he came back with a vengeance.

08-09 was also special since the team was on a mission from the start to redeem themselves after the 08 Finals. If i recall correctly, Mickaël Piétrus said Kobe was the best player in the NBA earlier that year, and he changed his shoes from Kobe's to another brand before guarding him in the Finals Seeing Gasol and Kobe both punk Dwight (a DPOY caliber player at the time) was very satisfying, and this was the last series that Fisher was effective/clutch with the classic smirk after draining multiple threes.


Fisher hit a pretty big and-one layup in Game 3 against the Celtics the next year.


I kinda remember when Fisher went from being a net positive to net negative. It seemed like April of 2009 when his production started to head downwards and he was never quite the same despite moments here and there.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:49 pm    Post subject:

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CandyCanes wrote:
BadGuy wrote:
05-06 was just spectacular! Seeing the fear that opponents had for Kobe was hilarious since he would torch them nightly as basically an "F U...you're not gonna stop me no matter what you do." People had written him off, and he came back with a vengeance.

08-09 was also special since the team was on a mission from the start to redeem themselves after the 08 Finals. If i recall correctly, Mickaël Piétrus said Kobe was the best player in the NBA earlier that year, and he changed his shoes from Kobe's to another brand before guarding him in the Finals Seeing Gasol and Kobe both punk Dwight (a DPOY caliber player at the time) was very satisfying, and this was the last series that Fisher was effective/clutch with the classic smirk after draining multiple threes.


Fisher hit a pretty big and-one layup in Game 3 against the Celtics the next year.


I kinda remember when Fisher went from being a net positive to net negative. It seemed like April of 2009 when his production started to head downwards and he was never quite the same despite moments here and there.


The dude was getting burned by faster point guards on defense in 07-08, but there was a point where he became an absolute matador.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:33 pm    Post subject:

2005-2006 followed by 2007-2008.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:36 pm    Post subject:

2000-01.

Kobe absolutely destroyed the Spurs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:06 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:04 am    Post subject:

2003 and 2001 in that order. In 03, he hit gabbage not to be believed with that bulk. It was like watching Kobe and SuperKobe from 02 and 03.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:14 am    Post subject:

All of it. Loved him from Day One, and wonder how long he would have played if his Achilles hadn’t torn.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:53 pm    Post subject:

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2003 and 2001 in that order. In 03, he hit gabbage not to be believed with that bulk. It was like watching Kobe and SuperKobe from 02 and 03.

bulk is the right word indeed. There was also very special things happening in 2010 or 2011 where he hit like 6 game winners in a span of a few weeks. At the time I was like, ok for sure nobody has ever done this. It was like watching 6 basketball movies where the climax was a buzzer beater, but in real life.

I also thought his dwight/nash year heroics were on another level also.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:04 pm    Post subject:

Beating the Celtics at home game 7 is the ultimate high as a Laker fan.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:08 pm    Post subject:

JUST-MING wrote:
04-05 version

Oct 24, 2004 https://youtu.be/exuwEth0u6U
Nov 2, 2004 https://youtu.be/CFq-_SNmUkE
Nov 13, 2004 https://youtu.be/TJGmr22vvmk
Dec 11, 2004 https://youtu.be/N5d6AxAH0yw
Dec 12, 2004 https://youtu.be/Z_ii4oL47_E
Dec 16, 2004 https://youtu.be/GvIBtXzMHCg
Jan 10, 2005 https://youtu.be/pDhLK-4hV6A
Mar 10, 2005 https://youtu.be/4Z2THLzdeMY
Mar 12, 2005 https://youtu.be/fcl1Tv90OaM
Apr 8, 2005 https://youtu.be/djYHkx1HCOM


Interesting against the grain choice that not many would pick, since we missed the playoffs that year, he missed a significant number of games with injury and he dropped in rankings in the All-NBA selections (Third Team, and no All-Defense) because of how the season played out and the bad reputation from the breakup with Shaq and Colorado incident.

But it just shows how good Kobe was that a 28, 6, 6 season with an All-NBA Third Team selection can be considered a "down" year for him, when it would be a career year for most any other player.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:34 pm    Post subject:

Lakeshow323 wrote:
Beating the Celtics at home game 7 is the ultimate high as a Laker fan.



I can't argue with that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:38 pm    Post subject:

05-06, followed by the 08-09.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:49 am    Post subject:

2008-2009 since he was on a mission to finally win a championship on his shoulders. This was coming off of his regular season MVP and Finals loss which no doubt gave him motivation to finish the job. I know Kobe had much better seasons from an individual standpoint, but I hated that he pretty much had nothing to work with in those situations.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:04 am    Post subject:

When we beat the Celtics.
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