Zach LaVine has such a man-crush on Kobe Bryant. The dude went for 28 points on 11-14 shooting in the breakout performance of his short career and still all he talked about in interviews was the Black Mamba. He spoke about Bryant the way I speak about the guy who invented Rolo Minis.
INTERVIEWER: Zach LaVine, how do you feel about this win, as well as your career high output tonight? It’s got to feel great.
ZACH LAVINE: Do you think Kobe saw it?
INTERVIEWER: Saw the game? Yes. He played in it.
ZL: Yeah, but do you think…wait…did you talk to Kobe on this microphone?
INTERVIEWER: Yes, during halftime.
*tusseling, fumbling noise*
INTERVIEWER: Give me…stop it! Give me that microphone back!
ZL: Everything I do, I do it for you, Kobe! *Licks microphone and jumps over four foot wall*
Zach couldn’t believe we won that game and neither could I. Dear lord, how bad do the Lakers have to be to lose to us? I’d almost feel bad for them if they hadn’t stolen our team (and five championships) some 50 years ago. How did they sink this far? They have one of the greatest players of this generation in his Depends years, a couple decent starters, Carlos Boozer and then the people who got turned down to be Washington Generals.
We’re not much better, but at least we have some kind of visible future. All our young guys are showing promise:
Ricky Rubio: He hurt his ankle while flying a hippogriff, but he really was making huge strides in his jump shot and strength.
Andrew Wiggins: He’s going to be a stud. We just need him to get angry and go nuclear. Anybody know how to piss off a soft-spoken Canadian? Can someone tear up a picture of Celine Dion, please?
Anthony Bennett: I love Anthony Bennett! Those tomahawk dunks! That 20 footer! His ability to look fat even when he’s skinny! The fact that his name is TONY BENNETT! He’s the greatest player to be a draft flop ever!
Gorgui Dieng: Gorgui’s actually 45 years old, but Dikembe Mutombo played until he was 82 so we’re good.
Shabazz Muhammad: Shabazz went from the scapegoat draft pick to fan favorite faster than you can sneak a girl into the Rookie Transition Program hotel. I ain’t mad at ya, Shabazz.
Zach LaVine: He plays like Russell Westbrook and Scottie Pippen when Kobe’s around.
Next up we play the Trail Blazers (12-4) in Portland on Sunday night. Let’s hope Zach LaVine grew up watching Damian Lillard, otherwise they’re going to kill us. Go Wolves!