I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting patiently for Kobe to respond to his ESPN Forecast #NBARank of 25 for the coming season. I don’t necessarily agree that he’ll be the 25th best player in our beloved association this year, but I just want to see him tweet something along the lines of, “Message Received. Mamba out. #challengeaccepted.” You know, something short and sweet.
And that’s not just me being facetious. Since Kobe joined Twitter on January 4th, he hasn’t been shy when it has come to keeping it real. If you need some examples, after Dwight decided to trade in his purple and gold for the Rockets’ red and white, Kobe unfollowed him on Twitter and told everyone that he just finds it hard to, “follow players that wanna kick my teams ass.” He also responded to ESPN’s prediction that the Lakers will be the 12th best team in the Western Conference this season with a simple, “12th I see.” And finally, after torching the Dallas Mavericks to the sound of 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on February 24th, he had two words for Mark Cuban - the conductor of the ‘Kobe Should Be Amnestied’ train.
It’s taken three days, but you’ll be happy to know that Kobe has in fact pulled through yet again. This time, though, he didn’t make it so clear. Instead, he just changed his avatar to this: the number “1225.”
I won’t lie, I didn’t get the message straight away, but after I put two and two together, it was pretty clear: the 12 refers to ESPN’s prediction of the Lakers’ standing this season and the 25 refers to his NBA Rank.
Now, Kobe hasn’t come out and said that, but it would be pretty coincidental if it meant something else. And we all know that he’s always on the lookout for some added motivation, so I think this is a done deal, folks.