Is There Any Venom Left In The Bite of The Black Mamba?

According to Wikipedia, the black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is considered the world’s deadliest snake. The black mamba is the longest venomous snake in Africa, averaging around 2.5 metres (8.2 ft), and sometimes growing up to 4.3 metres (14 ft). It is one of the most feared snakes in Africa due to its potent venom, large size, and the ferocity of its attacks.  It is one of the fastest snakes in the world, capable of moving at 4.5 to 5.4 metres per second (10–12 mph).

This nickname appropriately is given to one of the most venomous players in the league for a lot of years, Kobe Bryant. Like him or not, you must respect what Kobe does on the court. Call him what you want, but you have to appreciate what the man brings to the game of basketball. When the situation gets thick, he steps up. When the Lakers need a bucket, he turns into the mailman and delivers. When the Lakers need inspiration he takes over the huddle. When the Lakers need him to dominate a playoff game he goes for 40 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

Everyone is ready to pass the torch to the King, and rightfully so. The King is worthy of the title. However, it is fair to say one is a big-game player, while the other is an assassin. There is a difference between the two.

Lebron is Peyton Manning and Kobe is Tom Brady. Lebron gets it done all season and looks spectacular doing it, but then the playoffs start, and he starts to fade. The playoffs seems to inspire Kobe as he goes into a zone and looks like he has a proverbial influence on his team. His influence affects everyone, including bench players that no one remembers, and they begin to look much better than they are, because of the Mamba's influence, alla Deion Branch of the Patriots.

Take it for what it is, but Kobe is what we hope LeBron will become. I am not taking anything away from the King; he is the most talented player in the league, but I am just calling it like I see it. Everyone keeps asking who is going to be the next, when the real question is DOES THE MAMBA HAVE another one in him?

If the Mamba is on the demise, as projected, then the King better get the bite of a Cobra and take command. He might want to pick it up and stop being charmed by the snake charmers out there, because a rattlesnake is lurking in Oklahoma City and it appears to be pretty hungry.

Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out

5 Replies to “Is There Any Venom Left In The Bite of The Black Mamba?”

  1. I don't think we can ever count Kobe out until he definitely is finished. No one seems to be as ruthless on the court as he is, which is exactly why he's so lethal. If the Lakers can stay healthy, there's no reason he can't make another run at it … though the competition just keeps getting stiffer.

  2. Kobe is in my starting 5 of players I hate in this league. (Kendrick Perkins at the 5, Gasol at the 4, Ginobili at the 3, Kobe at the 2, Derek Fisher/Dwyane Wade at the 1). Keep in mind that list is fluid throughout the season.

    But I've got to respect Kobe. That dude goes out every offseason and does something to make his game better. The fact that he realized his athleticism was fading and went and worked out with Dream on post moves is the best example. The guy at 6'6 and a 2-guard has better post moves than Dwight Howard.

    He doesn't care about anything except winning and I can respect that. He seems like an absolute jerk, which I want my team leader to exhibit. I want other guys on my team to fear his wrath. Was anyone in Cleveland scared of Lebron? Worried that if they messed something up Lebron would light into them?

    I hate to compare Kobe to Jordan because there's honestly no comparison, but Jordan's Bulls were the same way. As you said in your article, Kobe gets the best out of the Lakers the same way Jordan got the best out of the Bulls. And when he's not getting the best, he takes the ball and says "Fine, I'll do it." Outside of Game 5 of the 2007 ECF, I haven't seen Lebron do that.

  3. @ Bahama
    I figured you would have your say. You have been lurking and ready to pounce on all the mamba slayers.

    @ Rev

    I couldn't have said it any better myself. Although your list cracked me up completely. Never heard anyone say anything bad about Manu.

    1. The free agent moves by the Lakers could possibly put another 2-3 years on the legs of Bean. IF and I mean IF the Lakers get CP3, then that makes Kobe's buckets a lot easier. IF and I mean IF the Lakers get Howard, then he helps clean up a lot of Kobe's dirty work.

      Who knows if these moves will happen, but its evident that they're committed in trying to improve this team past their current roster. Could be career-altering.

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