By Sam Rubenstein

It seems like Kobe Bryant has been saving his best play for Friday and Saturday nights. Those are the only games that don’t fall under the Player of the D.A.Y. umbrella. Well, last night it was what, Wednesday? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Kobe was great. National TV, the San Antonio Spurs, after a first quarter of foul trouble, there was a second quarter of dominance and much more after that. I remember hearing one of the broadcasters say that Kob had 18 points in 13 minutes. He finished with 34, and still had 8 assists and 6 boards.

To make things even better for #24, take a look at some of the other names that have forced upon him (deservedly or not) as rivals.

Gilbert Arenas – shut down by Starbury. Held to just 16 points, though he did have the pass that led to the pass that led to the pass that led to the win.

LeBron James – Blown out in Portland. Portland!

Shaq – Not playing. Return from injury has been delayed.

All in all, Player of the D.A.Y. belongs to KB24. Honorable mention to Deron Williams with 31 and 10 ruining Chris Webber’s not suprisingly weak debut and Joe Johnson leading those blazing hot Hawks to their third win in a row. Watch out Phoenix/Dallas!

By the way, Antonio McDyess had his career altered by surgery way before Webber did. I would say that McDyess is the better player right now.

And since that was kind of mean, here’s an amazing blog to make you laugh.

Also don’t forget about Golden State of Mind’s thorough breakdowns of yesterday’s 8 player blockbuster.

The Warriors & Pacers Blockbuster Trade: Throwing Up W’s and L’s
http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/1/17/19273/3077

Basketball Obituaries — Mike Dunleavy Jr. 2002-2007
http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/1/18/1260/87170

Dad’s got my back!
http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/1/18/11363/5546

Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson Talks about the Blockbuster Trade
http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/1/18/31333/9781

Warriors-Pacers Blockbuster Trade Linkfest
http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/1/18/124637/691