Larkin and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. With the Kings ahead 57 to 54 at halftime, Bryant scored 14 points in the third quarter, including the first six in a 17-2 run that gave the Lakers a 73-63 lead midway through the third quarter. The Lakers went on to beat the Kings by a score of 117 to 106.
Larkin gave me the ticket to the game for my birthday. We sat in Section 104, Row F, Seat 3 and 4. For years, he and I have tried to go to the first and last game of the season.
I was amazed at the number of Lakers fans. There were a large number of people wearing Lakers jerseys.
I have to admit Kobe is a force of nature. As Marty McNeal notes in this column today, hoopster Albert "Guss" Armstead recently said of Bryant, "He makes the game look so easy, he ought to start his own league." He scored 34 points and it did not look like he was even working hard. Bryant wrapped up his second straight scoring title, averaging 31.6 points this season.
The Kings (33-49) finished their worst season since going 27-55 in 1997-98. The Kings finished the season 20-21 at Arco Arena, the first time they had a losing record at home since 1993-94.
Musselman must go! His substitution patterns make no sense. After scoring 17 points in the first quarter, Bibby only played 8 minutes in the rest of the game.