It was past 2 a.m. early Saturday morning, and Kobe Bryant was still wide awake, the Lakers and their troublesome season standing in the way of a good night's sleep like so many late-night cups of coffee.
A few hours before, the Lakers had defeated the Utah Jazz in one of their most impressive wins of the year. In it, Bryant dished out a season-high 14 assists while taking just 10 shots - and we all know how much of a role reversal that represented for one of the great shooters in NBA history.
An obviously intrigued Bryant lay awake mulling the benefits of his facilitating ways, after five Lakers reached double figures in points, and for once all of their star players seemed pleased and satisfied with their touches and roles.
Most important, they beat a good team, and it had been more than a month since they could say that.
Somewhere between studying tape of the Oklahoma City Thunder - the Lakers' opponent on Sunday - and watching the women's final of the Australian Open, a fan tweeted Bryant with some novice advice.
"You should pass more often, bro," the tweet read.
Bryant laughed and tweeted back.
"Know what? In this situation I think u r 100 percent right."
Kobe Bryant shows he has the Magic touch, too
L.A. Daily News | Jan 28