Kobe Bryant had a huge dunk last night. The kind of dunk that makes you think Kobe’s young again, that he’s still got a lot left in the tank and that his bothersome ankle isn’t going to be any trouble throughout the playoffs. That one-hander was like watching a vintage Kobe clip, only it happened in 2011.

But to hear Kobe Bryant tell it, it was nothing. From the AP:

“I just had a lane to the basket,” Bryant said. “It looked like he was going to challenge me at the rim, and I decided to accept the challenge.”

OK, fine. No big deal then. Just a 32-year-old with a bad ankle dunking on a guy who averaged nearly two blocks a game this season. Forget we mentioned it. Boring anyways.

Besides, Kobe’s probably has a bunch of dunks like that saved up, right?

“They’re not saved dunks. I don’t have much of those left.”

Oh, right. Forgot he’s an old guy in the midst of his 15th professional season. He’s probably used up most of his dunks. Should have thought of that.

But still, his ankle was hurt. So this is still pretty impressive.

“That’s what he does,” said Monty Williams, the Hornets’ frustrated coach. “All this talk about his ankle. Did it look like his ankle was hurting? OK then.”

Aww, phooey. No hurt ankle then either? Geez.

Well, nevermind, guys. This dunk is just a totally boring moment. Sorry I mentioned it.

Comments (10)

  1. This is a real article. Please don’t get Kelly Dwyer here. He’s the very reason I stopped reading Yahoo! NBA blogs.

  2. Come on Fuzzy. It’s not like Kelly is a “Kobe hater”. He could write this article just as objectively.

  3. Alls I’m saying is that it’s hilarious that Kobe is acting like this is no big deal.

  4. Magic just congratulated Bird via Twitter. My God how things have changed since 1984.

  5. can’t tell if ur being sarcastic or not vesper ( hard to tell thru text) but yea sometimes it’s a little hard to even read some of his stuff knowing how much he hates this dude but you could tell kelly tries to hide it by giving out those backhanded compliments to kobe every now and then. the crazy thing is that the reason kelly hates on him (being fake, which i agree with) he himself is guilty of it.

  6. Kobe isn’t acting like its not a big deal….but he’s not acting like its the biggest deal ever either. He was fully aware of its impact on the game and on his teammates and said so.

  7. I think Kobe feels a bit lucky that his first dunk turned out as well as it did. His second monster dunk in the third was because that’s what it took to make that basket.

  8. I was laying the sarcasm on pretty thick.

  9. Kobe can say what he wants, those were GREAT dunks!

  10. Of course he acts as if it is not a big deal, I totally hated when a couple of years ago LeBron had a huge dunk over (not even over, cyz he stood his ground) KG and 90% of the pressconference was “Oh, LeBron, wht to you think about the dunk?”, “Doc, do you think the dunk defeated you?” and all tha kinda crap….. It is a dunk, these are the best athletes in the world, what do you expect, layups all day? Of course here and there a huge jam will occur, but isn’t this kinda expected? It is becoming like pro wrestling – the team won because of the finishing move/signature move, dunk that one guy did. Ridculous…

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