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Taking bad shots with the good

Updated: June 15, 2004, 12:30 AM ET
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-- I come today to praise Kobe Bryant.

At a time when most are trying to bury him.

It seems last week Bryant, when he saved the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with that shocking 3-pointer, as he'd done many times before, namely his twin threes in Portland at the end of the season that changed the entire playoff seeding, Bryant was Michael Jordan hitting that game-winning shot against Cleveland and Craig Ehlo in the playoffs. The shot was played over ...

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