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a "ball hog".But on Wednesday night everyone was seemingly content with this; the parochial Lakers fans were seeing Bryant’sgaudiness for one last time and even the Jazz could feel satisfied notching an inevitable win despitebeing relegated to a sideshow And then the incredible actually happened Had this been a Hollywood film it would have beenmocked for being too clichéd and corny Somehow Bryant conjured the miraculous and tapped intoevery ounce of his greatness to produce one of the most astounding endings in sports history In thelast two minutes he scored 15 points and didn’t miss a shot guiding the Lakers to an improbablevictory No one could quite believe what they were seeing because Bryant could barely move 20 years atthe elite level had basically rendered his body useless He was trudging around like an old manwithout a walking stick He was gasping for air like an unfit person who decides to spontaneously gofor a run Amazingly with less than a minute to play Bryant magically hit an unbalanced three-pointer underpressure —an unwise shot that had not been falling all season —and then made a pull-up jumper toput the Lakers in front The Jazz were crumbling under Bryant’s trance The Staples Centre wasbedlam as if the Lakers had won a championship High-brow celebrities were jumping out of their seats like common fans Even Kanye West seemed happy with the world The Lakers had won a game they never should have and Bryant scored 60 points his highest totalfor seven years No one had scored more points in a game this NBA season To usea cricketing parallel itwould be as if Sachin Tendulkar scored a triple century in his final Test innings Of course Bryant shot the ball 50 times —the most of his career and the most by anyone in themodern era But who cares about statistics and squabbling over semantics Those last two minutesof Bryant’s career will forever resonate because the improbable actually eventuated We invest somuch time and energy in sports because it is a form of escapism and entertainment More than that it’s a prism where the miraculous occasionally happens and we mere mortal sports fans can marveland relish in that I’ve never been a big Bryant guy —I’m a diehard Boston Celtics fan —but even I found myself jumpingaround like a lunatic when he was hitting those shots at the end It was like I went into a time warpand became a kid again when sports meant more than anything to me When you’re watching something so incredible transpire in front of you it’s hard not to bemagnetised Sports fandom is basically the last vestige of our childhood and regardless of age andstatus it allows us to act acceptably irrational and immature More often than not it is those transcendent figures who have a knack of producing superhumandeeds It’s why we hang onto them even when they are well past their prime We hope for one last century or a match-winning basket We cherish those final magical moments which in the processtakes us back to an earlier time in our life It’s sentimentality about ourselves as much as it’s aboutthe athlete Bryant’s last two minutes so memorably tapped into all that For a brief moment it felt like the2000s again It was also a timely reminder of a genius at work Bryant never had LeBron James’ overpowering physique Michael Jordan’s athletic gifts where he could walk on air or Steph Curry’sunlimited shooting range For 20 years Bryant traded on his unwavering confidence and resoluteness He never quite matched Jordan’s astonishing achievements but Bryant is the closest we’ve seenafter a long line of "next Jordan" players flamed out long ago Bryant genuinely believed he was destined for greatness He worked the hardest and had the ultimate killer mentality Injuries nevermade him lose focus he just kept grinding away Missed shots would not deter his confidence Any way you spin it Bryant’s last match was a fitting microcosm for his incredible indefatigablecareer He just kept believing defying his body’s aches and misfiring radar to deliver a finale for theages Amid some of Hollywood’s most famous figures Kobe Bean Bryant delivered a fairytale endingout of nowhere Long live sports Written by Express News Service | Published: July 24 2013 12:26 am Related News Indian driver Jehan Daruvala did well to finish fourth from 16th on the grid in the CIK European KF3 Championships at OrtonaItaly Force India Academy driver Daruvala delivered an inspired performance in the main final at the Championships last weekend The 14-year-old recovered from some opening heats marred by bad luck to finish an impressive fourth at the flag After qualifying 31stDaruvala had mixed luck in the heatsbeing hit by a rival competitor in the first race and receiving a time penalty in the fifth; at the same timehe also showed brilliancerunning very consistently in the second heat and pulling some decisive overtaking moves in the third The Indian was on the receiving end of more bad luck in the pre-finalwhen he was hit by another driver after a very good start that saw him go from 13th to fifth; he was able to salvage his race and finish eighth Starting 16th in the finalDaruvala delivered a blistering start which saw him 12th by the second turnafter which the he put his head down and put in a string of overtaking moves “I was happy with the end result as I finished fourth in one of the biggest races I have drivenstarting the final that far back on the grid I am happy and confident for the next round” he said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express AppGhaziabad | Published: March 25 2014 3:07 am Raj Babbar also lashed out police personnel for the city acquiring a bad reputation (PTI) Related News After an enraged Raj Babbar — the Congress candidate for the Ghaziabad constituency — lashed out at police for videographing him during campaigning the Ghaziabad police initiated an investigation into the matter Actor-turned-politician Babbar was addressing a gathering in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad when he spotted several police officers video-graphing him Taking a dig at them he said “Jo aparadh karne wale hain unko toh rokenge nahi… sharam nahi aati hai inko” (Those who commit crimes aren’t caught They feel no shame) Babbar whose poll campaign focusses strongly on better policing in Ghaziabad also lashed out police personnel for the city acquiring a bad reputation “Aye din Ghaziabad ka naam badnaam ho raha hai… topi aur wardi pahan ke ghoom rahe hai ye log” (With every passing day Ghaziabad’s image is getting tarnished… these people walk around in their uniforms and caps)” Babbar said referring to police personnel Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh confirmed that a probe had been ordered “We have seen the video recording of the incident and are investigating the matter If Raj Babbar is found guilty strict action will be initiated against him” Singh said The incident comes a day after Babbar had a disagreement with police after they tried to stop the Congress leader from campaigning allegedly without permission Congress party workers had however claimed that Babbar was meeting party workers at a member’s house “He was just discussing campaign details Police turned up and asked if we had permission to campaign How is sitting at a party worker’s house counted as campaigning” Narendra Rathi a Congress worker said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related News we’ve now identified many more potential targets of drugs, download Indian Express App More Related News

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