EMBARK ON RODEO ROAD TRIP
The San Antonio Spurs survived Kobe’s final appearance and the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night 106-102 at the AT&T Center in what turned out to be a very sloppy game for the Silver and Black…but it was hard not to just watch the magnificence of Kobe. To some of the Spurs vets, it had that old time rivalry feel and the sidelines even included a music superstar not known for Spurs games, Selena Gomez, who was obviously rooting for the Silver and Black.
“I thought it was great,” San Antonio point guard Tony Parker said. “It was a great game, fans were into it. It felt a little bit like the old days in the playoffs, Spurs and the Lakers.”
Even Coach Popovich, who acknowledged the sloppy game, was caught watching Bryant.
“It was a pretty sloppy game from our perspective,” Coach Popovich said. “And you hate to think it’s because they had an easy time last night [against the Mavericks], but you wonder about it and you talk about it. It’s the NBA and everybody comes to play and everybody comes to win. It’s all the same stuff every night. You’ve got to execute, and we didn’t for a lot of the game, and [LA] was fired up. It was a great night for Kobe, which is thrilling to me because I think he’s great. But now, we can enjoy the Dallas win. Losing tonight would’ve taken that away, so we’re glad it came out the way it did.”
The Spurs embark on their annual Rodeo Road Trip in which they will face the Heat, the Magic, the Clippers, the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Jazz, Rockets before returning home to the AT&T Center on March 2nd for a game against the Detroit Pistons.