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NBA Finals Game One: Kobe Bryant’s Greatness on Full Display

Published by on June 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

LeBron who?

Kobe Bryant went to work in the Lakers’ 100-75 dismantling of the Magic in Game One of the NBA Finals with a performance that displayed exactly why he’s the best player in the world.

After dueling with solid defenders such as Ronnie Brewer, Andrei Kirilenko, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Dahntay Jones, and J.R. Smith, squaring off against Courtney Lee and Mickael Pietrus was a piece of cake.

Kobe simply torched Lee by using his size and overwhelming Lee in the post. Pietrus offered slightly more resistance, but Bryant simply brushed him off of wing screens and dotted the net with pull-up jumpers.

The few times Pietrus did a respectable job challenging Kobe, Bryant would unle...

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