Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  10 responses

Kobe Bryant Dunks on Nikola Pekovic (VIDEO)

Mamba set the tone early in L.A.

Early in the first quarter of the Lakers’ easy 116-94 victory against the Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant blew baseline and rose above Nikola Pekovic for a big jam. The only person in the building who wasn’t impressed? Dwight Howard, of course. Per the LA Daily News: “The 34-year-old guard Kobe Bryant shot, soared and dazzled his way to 33 points on 13 of 22 shooting in only three quarters. ‘I’ve been in attack mode since the [All-Star] break,’ Bryant said. ‘It’s go time.’ Go time it is. Bryant opened the game with a right-handed dunk over Nikola Pekovic. A quarter later, Bryant sped past Ricky Rubio for another dunk. Just before halftime, Bryant went in for a reverse layup. Bryant’s not surprised this happened after shedding 16 pounds this offseason. But he is surprised this happened by immediately showing his athleticism despite only having pre-game warmups to loosen up his body. ‘I can get to the rim a lot more,’ Bryant said. ‘We’re more spread so I can attack the basket. My passing and teammates knocking down shots opens up the floor more. I’m a lot stronger and healthier this time around than I was last year.’ [...] Yet, some remain unimpressed. When asked to judge Bryant’s dunks, Lakers center Dwight Howard suddenly turned serious. ‘I’m not going to say anything,’ Howard said. Really? ‘I don’t have anything.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    nikola posterovic

  • Rkirby

    Dwight’s sitting on the sidelines hating

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    does Williams not have any peripheral vision ? why the hell did he have to turn his head left to see if a pick was coming ? and then once Kobe took the lunge he turns his head right wondering where his help is…. dude was completely lost on this possesion

  • roscoe

    i think as the play started Dwilliams saw (out of the corner of his eye) Rr standing in between d’block & baseline and assumed Rr was going to be there or communicate he was leaving the area.

    clearly… dwilliams assumed incorrectly, but i would just add Rr defense is not up to par and its team D that stops/slows down kb24, not one guy.

  • Sparker

    jermaine o’pekovic

  • robb

    Derrick took his eyes off Kobe half a second and when he went back Kobe was gone lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    wow! reminds me of the dunk over yao back in 2003..almost same height! he is how old? damnnnnn!

  • Masinerija

    He is the best center in NBA, so…

  • AndyK415

    I agree. Very underrated.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez