Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in a recent interview, tried to explain the newest collective bargaining rules regarding the salary cap and amnesty clause, using Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant as an example. Basically, Cuban said that, hypothetically, removing Bryant’s $30 million, 2014 salary from next season’s books would save the franchise a whopping $85 million in luxury tax fees — which is true. However, Kobe instead took Cuban’s statements as motivation and responded to him via Twitter following Sunday’s game.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 24, 2013
If you’re wondering just how impressive his performance was, take a look at this stat line from ESPN via @eliassports.
Kobe Bryant is the oldest player in NBA history to score 38+ points while shooting 60+ percent in consecutive games (from @eliassports).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 24, 2013
Kobe and his mates dominated Cuban’s Mavericks en route to a 103-99 win, and on Cuban’s home floor, no less.
Just like Michael Jordan before him, Kobe has an innate ability to turn the absolute smallest thing into a massive piece of motivation. In this case, Bryant managed to turn Cuban’s innocuous remarks into another virtuoso performance.
And most importantly, a win, as the Lakers scrape for the final playoff spot in the West.