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Dear Kobe

DEAR KOBE

Let me start by first saying this isn’t an easy article to write for either of us here at NonSense Sports. It has been tough for everyone who watched him, who loved him and who have identified with him at some point. But Kobe was never someone to stop when things got tough so we aren’t either, for Kobe.

Out of every loss and bad experience, there are two things that we can do, we can let it keep us down, or we can look at it in a good way and learn from it to be better. That is a philosophy Kobe lived by. I can’t hope to look at all the stories of Kobe practicing a missed shot for hours, trying to eliminate the possibility of him missing that shot ever again.

To me Kobe was a teacher, of many things. He always wanted us to learn something from him and his actions. His first lesson was in the draft, he taught us that even when people don’t give you a chance, you make your own chances and you prove doubters wrong with your actions, not just words. He taught us with Shaq, that even if you don’t perfectly agree with someone, you put all other things aside and help eachother if it means both are gonna succeed, professionalism.

He taught us that a man needs to recognize his mistakes and admit them as it makes you bigger when you admit when you’re wrong and try to fix your wrong doings. Kobe taught us how to appreciate those who support you through thick and thin, even if they are immidiately close to you or they support you from afar. He taught us that there’s no substitute to passion, dedication, love for your craft and hard work, and that no happiness is greater than that of when you reach your goal after giving it your all. He also taught us to try to be better every time we do something. After his career he took the new generation of NBA players and showed us to pass our knowledge and skills forward. Even in his last day he showed the world how to never envy others for surpassing you on something, instead respond with class and encourage others to keep going with what you started.

Even in death Kobe left us with more lessons. Life is short, live it to the max. When your time comes, your time comes no matter what you are doing. The Last Lesson, to appreciate every NBA Player, person, thing, place, any and everything, big, small, special, ordinary, bad or good cause you never know when that thing or person is going.

Kobe, you were a leader, a hard worker an inspiration, a hero, a legend. As a man who unfortunately didn’t appreciate you while you were playing until your career was in its twilight, I am a testament to how truly special you were and forever will be. Kobe, thank you for the memories, games, moments and motivation. I know you aren’t physically present but you will never pass away in our minds and hearts. Then again you didn’t pass too much. Even though it’s hard to comprehend why you left, I understand that you will keep teaching us how to be better from the big court up there. I promise you I will be living my dreams, living my life and ill do it while counting down an imaginary shot clock, pullin up from way down town and yelling KOBE.

May you Rest In Peace and in Power and may God Bless and protect your Family.

Dear Kobe, Thank You

LeBron Passed Kobe

LeBron passes Kobe, Becomes 3 All Time in Scoring

Last night, the Lakers were taking on the Philadelphia 76ers where normally, the focus would be on a LeBron & AD vs Simmons & Embiid showdown. However last night everybody was watching LeBron And his attempt at making even more history by passing Kobe Bryant for 3rd place in the All-Time Points Ranking.

It took LBJ some time but he eventually scored the 18 points he needed to pass the Black Mamba. The Philly crowd recognized the feat and gave James a Standing ovation when the game stopped.

As for the actual game though, it would be a big loss for the Lakers as early on you could notice that LeBron was a bit nervous and anxious as he knew the task at hand. This isn’t to discredit the Sixers however as we saw smothering defense from them all night long specially from Matthise Thybule who was described by Mark Jackson as one of the best rookie defenders he’s ever seen.

Key factors were ,of course, Ben Simmons who had 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 8 Ast and Tobias Harris who had 29 Pts and 8 Rebounds.

For the Lakers, the story was the early turnover, as they dug a big hole and it was tough to climb out from it. LeBron had his usual 29 Pts, 7 and 7 but had 8 TO and that’s too much. AD had 31 Pts, 7 and 7 on a night he came to play but nobody else did as no other Laker had Double figure scoring. Danny Green was God awful, shooting 1-7, Kuzma went 2-6 in a game where he couldve shot the ball more, but when he did shoot it he took bad shots. McGee’s absence was felt as he could’ve brought that spark he’s known for and energized the team.

Final score was 108 – 91 Phila.

For the Sixers this win is huge, as without Embiid and Richardson they were able to take down the best from the west. For LA, a lot of players need to show up and help. Danny Green, KCP and Especially Kuzma if rumors for a Bradley Beal swap are true. There’s no doubt Beal is a better fit for LA so he’s gonna have to play at a high level more often to save his spot in the Lakers

NSS Magic @ Lakers!! On Edge of A 10 Game Winning Streak (Again)!!

NSS Magic @ Lakers!! On Edge of A 10 Game Winning Streak (Again)!!

                The Lakers’ are on the edge of a 10-game winning streak for the 2nd time this season.  The Lakers 33-7 record is the best in the West and the game against the Magic marks the halfway point of the season.  The Magic go into the Staples Center with a 6-13 away to match up with the Lakers’ 16-4.  The only bad news is the status of Anthony Davis who will be sitting out another game, but it might be for the best.

                Davis will sit out another game and that’s okay, one his health is most important and two the “Kyle Kuzma Show” will continue.  Kuzma is shining in the starting line up averaging 24.3 in the last 3 games, that includes the 36 points against the Thunder with LeBron James, Dais and Danny Green all missing in action.  Kuzma is showing his value and what he can bring to the team displaying what he can do for the Lakers (and any other team watching) on the offensive side.

                The Magic are coming off a win vs the Kings and hoping to keep that momentum going chasing 500.  Magic at 19-21 are in the 7th spot of the playoff sitting and hoping to stay ahead of a Nets team that just got Kyrie back.  Markelle Fultz have been putting in work with the Magic averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 assist, his production has been slow and steady but trending up.

                Dwight Howard, the NEW NEW DWIGHT HOWARD, has been on a different level making all the differences for the Lakers.  Howard has scored in double digits in 4 out of the last 4 games, that’s also including a couple shots from 3.

Pick: Lakers

Lakers at home, duh.  The scheduled is favoring the Lakers in their handling with the Davis injuries and also it helps that hey are ahead 5 games of the next team, the Utah Jazz.

PS the Utah Jazz are 2nd in the west on a 10 game winning streak of their own.

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NSS NBA 2K20 My Player Journey, 1st 10 games (more or less). 1st impressions and nonsense.

NSS NBA 2K20 My Player Journey, 1st 10 games (more or less). 1st impressions and nonsense.

                 I made a shooting guard name Lucas who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  I was trying to build a “James Harden”-like player, so I did some research and found out the “Archetype” for the build.  So to start stat padding and playing with my player I needed the Shot Creating/ 3Pt Shooting and off course 2k wouldn’t let me do that so I ended with a Shot creator / Playmaker (I think)  So I was like f*ck it, its NBA 2k I am going to stat pad and dominate either.  Worst case scenario, I’ll just lower the difficulty so I can still drop 30 and dominate even if my players has the same build Sasha Vujacic with the badges and skills of Good Hair and Missing all layups and shots.

Real quick, has anybody ever play NBA 2K and never updated their player or even try to play just kind of turn the ball over/ took bad shots, overall played bad every game? Would the player get waive? The end point of NBA 2k is for your player to eventually succeed and become the best through upgrades (earning and purchasing VC), but what if he doesn’t? What would happen?? Would the game still go through the motions or would it cause the game to crash or just force you to retirement.

                About 10 games in to the season and me and 2k are kind of jelling, so I just want it to talk you guys about it and maybe record a video, don’t know yet.  I kind of like this whole blogging concept.  So here are some impressions, likes/ dislikes and some nonsense playing NBA 2K20.

1st Impressions

(Ps my wife bought me a new Xbox console and NBA 2k20 and followed it up by telling (yelling, so everybody heard” her mom something like: he buys the game every year and is always the same game and nothing ever changes, just know it looks better and has new players, he likes playing basketball in high definition.)

                So that really fired me up with excitement and enthusiasm, so after waiting almost 36 hours for the game to download, I got to play.  Imagine my levels of excitement also this happen at Christmas, so it’s been like 2 almost 3 days and I finally get to open up (play NBA 2k20) my present. 

It was midnight and the volume is on 3, so I barely hear Idris Elba talk something and make the story line intense.  But I couldn’t just get into it, I get that “Che” was pulling for his buddy and standing up for him and even got him a trainer, who I think they end up hooking up, to help him.  Che was a warm hearted guy and who stands and does the right thing.  Till this point, I don’t understand why he was so angry and at the end it was like they high-5 and everything was fixed.

I get it that 2k focus on their story line, to keep the players involved and making it relevant to the world is also very important.  But at least to me, I just wasn’t involved, then again I like NBA 2k16 Living Da Dream.  NBA 2k is trying to do more than basketball and tell a story of struggles and success and I am sure that one day they’ll get it right.

The French (Zion Williamson??) character: French is Zion right? I thought he was still think he is and it gets super weird when playing the last game against both French and Zion.  That was trippy.  I couldn’t tell who had the ball, both were 2K cheat codes both never missed and dunked everything.  Maybe they created French instead of using Zion, because how bad it turned out for Dante Exum, probably didn’t want to jynx Zion, so hey there is French.  Lastly, how come we don’t talk about NBA 2k ruining careers through covers and MyPlayer story involvements?

Side note: I may have just uncovered the root of my dislike for Dante Exum.  He ruined 2K for me and then he try to ruin the Jazz.

The LeBron Scene? : Here is where I lost my shiiiit and not in a good way.  Check it, I get it Che (you/me/ the player) is the star of the game but at the same time 2k is trying to tell a realistic story that ends with LeBron talking to Che about the future.  I mean is great, but does LeBron treats every rookie like this (Ps let’s ask Patrick Beverly).  No no no, to me it just doesn’t make any sense, bring back Jackson Ellis, maybe he is in it and I just haven’t seen him.  Give LeBron a more important scene or roll that embraces and rewards the grind of “MyPlayer”. 

                So far in my story line, I barely getting shoe deals and deal with Gatorade which is cool because I need the VC for updates but nothing interesting has happen.  Except that some marketing girl said my clothes don’t look good enough when she seem like she shopped at Ross just like I did.

The VC theory

                The whole virtual currency concept, the goal of NBA 2k (and all games out there) is to make the player spend all their money on their game.  So you either pay for cool features and grind it out, either way 2k has your money and you (myself included) going to be lining up the next year to buy the new “updated” version.

                Overall as a customer but also having some experience in the business world, is all about making money.  Advertisement, marketing, selling products all is just part of making money.  I would love to see the revenue comparison between strict game sell and the crazy amount of VC sells.

Want Back

                What happen to pre-game interactions? The shoot around trash talk between the players? That was actually pretty funny.  Especially with the whole concept with Anthony Davis talking and then going and making Gumbo.  That was worth it.

Don’t Want Back

                Archetypes/Built limits.  Don’t get me wrong having a strict built creates for a realistic game but at the end of the day, is also a video game so there should be the option to create and all-around player.  Even if it makes it harder on the grind.  In theory the NBA itself is getting rid of archetypes especially with more players like Luka Doncic, Steph Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Giannis and so many more that are breaking and pushing the boundaries of what an NBA player can do.

Like

                Maybe because I been playing for a while, but it NBA 2k20 just seems too easy at times, at least in terms of “MyPlayer”.  I don’t play very much else, I am all about the grind.

Dislike

                MyPlayer Lucas, the Shooting Guard, can only have 1 defensive badge.  So in many ways he is like Harden.  I went with the Intimidator badge, it makes the shooter more likely to miss.