If it wasn’t bad enough that Kobe Bryant was once again sticking it to the Phoenix Suns to the tune of a 37 point and 6 rebound gem which could be described as nothing less than dominating, the “Black Mamba” decided in the heat of the moment to let Suns coach Alvin Gentry know that the series was over. After draining a late game dagger of a jump-shot right in front of Gentry and the Suns bench, Kobe decided to give a wink and a pat on the butt to Gentry in a ever so subtle way of saying, “See you next year.”
The heat of the moment display of body language brings back memories of Michael Jordan’s now famous head waving and shoulder shrug, seemingly towards the Portland Trailblazer’s bench, when Jordan nailed an amazing 6 first half three point shots in the ’92 NBA Finals.
Kobe put in another dominating performance to help lead the Lakers to a series clinching 111-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns and earn a trip to the NBA Finals for a rematch with the 2008 champion Boston Celtics.
Check out Kobe’s Love Tap To Alvin Gentry:
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen also provides content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, in addition to being a tenured columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.