Jan. 12, 2004: rookie LeBron (just turned 19) vs Big-4 Lakers pseudo-superteam (Shaq (31, DNP), Kobe (25) , Karl Malone (40), Gary Payton (35). I've said it before and I'll say it again: LeBron's played maybe his best basketball in away games at Staples Center against the Kobe-Lakers. In their first meeting, here, Kobe left early due to a shoulder injury. He tried to come back playing all lefty. Tried. (Every Kobe fan knows the time he made that lefty-turnaround-corner-three against the Mavs. But it's also interesting to see some of his REALLY off-moments simply because they were so few and as a result footage is rare....check that lefty 3pt attempt against LeBron.) Lakers win 89-79 despite Kobe's absence and an ascendant young LeBron showing out in bursts. This was an ugly, early 2000's game. Lakers leading scorers were GP and Brian Cook, both with 13pts. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the game's leading scorer with 19. LeBron is seen by some as having been apart of the first so called "super team" in Miami with DWade and Chris Bosh in 2010-11. There is no universally agreed upon criteria for what constitutes a super team. And having fun defining what super means here. What is for sure is that this '03-'04 Lakers squad was being labelled a super-team despite the advanced ages of GP (who played a critical role in a Heat title run 2 years later) and especially Karl Malone, who, had he not got injured late and aged 40, very well should've been enough for LA to win what would've been their 4th tite in 5 years.
🎵: "One Call Away" - Chingy (released Jan. 2, 2004) The broadcast audio was unacceptable and so here we have an exceedingly rare instance of no broadcast audio in an edit.
LeBron: 16pts (6-20) 5reb 7ast 1stl 1blk in 37mins
Kobe: 10pts (3-8) 5reb 2astl 1stl in 17mins
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