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    Put Me In Coach! Fisticuffs82's Avatar

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    Default Jordan in June '91 vs. Kobe in December '09

    Jordan in June '91 vs. Kobe in December '09 - Ball Don't Lie - NBA Blog - Yahoo! Sports

    Jackson started drawing the diagram on his board, designing a play from the backcourt, and Kobe Bryant(notes) was baffled. He interrupted with a furrowed brow and started to point toward the scoreboard to remind his longtime coach that only 5.4 seconds remained in overtime, and the Lakers were losing by one.

    "Huh?" Bryant actually said in the huddle.

    Bryant turned to appeal to co-star Pau Gasol(notes) to bring Jackson to his senses. Jackson stopped drawing and just gave Bryant a dead-eyed look that basically said: "Are you going to let me do what I do or what?"

    Jackson resumed drawing in the backcourt, and with that, Bryant ceased being surprised.

    "Then I got it," Bryant said later as he walked out of the visitors' locker room, his epic resume now bulging by one more shot. "I knew exactly what he was doing."

    Jackson wanted to help Bryant by deterring Milwaukee from double-teaming him.

    Bryant flashed back in the moment to the 1991 NBA Finals (yes, his basketball knowledge is that encyclopedic that he could cite the correct year): Jackson started a play in the backcourt — although 10 seconds remained in that case — and wound up getting Michael Jordan an elbow jumper over Vlade Divac's too-late help, forcing overtime at The Forum in Game 3 against the Lakers.
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    Michael in June 1991 vs. Kobe in December 2009 - Lakers blog : The Orange County Register

    Move the timeline to about the 7:00 mark below to see Michael Jordan’s shot at The Forum:
    [ame=""]YouTube- Michael Jordan 1991 Finals: Gm 3 Vs. LA Lakers, 29pts.[/ame]

    Kobe Bryant Game Winner Buzzer Beater Milwaukee Bucks (HQ) 12/16/09
    [ame=""]YouTube- Kobe Bryant Game Winner Buzzer Beater Milwaukee Bucks (HQ) 12/16/09[/ame]

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    LGK's Resident Playboy Brandon's Avatar

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    Nice post, and breakdown with the videos.

    I remember PJ did a similar thing last year with Fisher in the finals. During game 6 of the '93 Finals the Bulls were down 2 and took the ball the entire length of the court. PHX collapsed on Jordan, who kicked it out to Grant, then to a wide open Paxson who nailed a 3.

    Last year the Lakers took the ball in from full court. Kobe immeaditely passed it to Ariza, who then passed to Fisher who pulled up and launched for the game tying 3.

    PJ strikes again.

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