We finally get to see Durant on national television tonight. I'll probably stay up to watch most of it. Why not? It's Thursday. Only one more day to go.
Here are some blogs and articles on the game.
I guess Kobe is back at practice today after nursing his sore ego for a few days. It will be interesting to see if he plays.
The game is the only Sonics exhibition on TV and will be carried nationally by TNT. I asked Durant if the game carries any more significance because he knows his friends and family in Washington D.C., and Austin, Texas will be watching. "My teammates down in Texas said they would be watching the game, but that's about it," he said
I'm a card carrying Kobe hatta myself. My hatred for all things Kobe and Shaq is one of those great debates b/w my basketball watching friends. I don't understand how anyone can like either guy. Shaq has grown on me a little, but I still don't like his brand of basketball.
Why do I care? Well, because Kobe is one of a select group of players who are almost universally hated in the NBA. With the exception of those twits who live in the 206 and own a Kobe-8 jersey, most folks around these parts would sooner wax their unmentionables before donning a Laker jersey, let alone a Kobe one.
And, being that this is the 41st season in team history (and, to be accurate, the true 40th anniversary of the team), I thought we could reminisce about the top ten most hated players in team history. I've only been a fan of the team since the early 80s, so please add your suggestions for the 60s and 70s in the comments. In reverse order:
- Rick Barry (I'm just assuming this to be the case, being that everyone hated the Rickster)
- Charles Barkley
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Clyde Drexler
- Vlade Divac ("The NBA, it's Floptastic!")
- Kevin Johnson
- John Stockton
- Jim McIlvaine (zing!)
- Kobe Bryant
- Karl Malone