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While we all have our own opinions and guesses about which team can beat the other, there is one legendary player who knows exactly what he’s talking about. The Houston Rockets fell flat on their face after competing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. They had to face a lot of bashing for letting down expectations, despite having the best duo, James Harden and Russell Westbrook at their disposal.

The Lakers came out as winners with a 4-1 lead and the Rockets had no choice but to get packing. However, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had foreseen the Rockets fate way before us. Even though we all thought that Harden is the best the Rockets can get, Kobe had an unpopular perspective.

Lakers legend’s on-point prediction about the Houston Rockets Aug 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts as he brings the ball up court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

After watching James Harden maintain a 30 points+ streak for almost 2 months between December to February, it was impossible for anybody else to have said that Harden will fail to lead the team in the upcoming season. Although, one can’t say he was alone at fault. After Westbrook recovered from his quad injury and returned to play, he also failed to support Harden.

Seeing the Rockets struggle, an old video of Kobe Bryant has resurfaced. In a 2019 interview with ESPN, Kobe explains why Harden’s iso-ball style will not prove to be helpful in winning the title.

“I’m not a fan of in terms of winning championships, I don’t think that style is ever going to win championships,” he said. “But at the same time you have to keep your team’s head above water to win games, so you have to do what you have to do to win games. And he’s doing that.”

“So are you saying you don’t think James Harden and the Rockets, as constructed, can win a title?” host Rachel Nichols asked. “Not with this style of play, it won’t win. With one player dominating the ball,” Bryant replied.

Kobe Bryant and his history with the Rockets

Kobe Bryant has had a lot of historic showdowns with the Houston Rockets. Well, to be fair all of his rivals have had a tough fate when facing him. In almost all cases, the Rockets ended up seeing defeat after their matchup. Kobe’s first game against the Rockets was in Houston’s former arena on November 12, 1996. At that point, he was just 18 years old and managed to score 2 points in the first five minutes itself. This was just a start to the many points he bagged against them in the future.

Now that the Rockets are entering offseason, it’ll be up to them on how to go about it from here. Whether they will continue to work around Harden or some changes will be made, is yet to be witnessed.

 

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Kelly Preston Kobe Bryant Fans Shocked After They Are Snubbed During In Memoriam Segment At 72nd Emmys

The late stars were left out of a poignant tribute during the 72nd Emmy Awards ceremony.

Emmy Awards viewers are furious that Kelly Preston and Kobe Bryant weren’t featured in the show’s “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday night.

As the powerful tribute to late television personalities, writers, and producers played to H.E.R.’s piano rendition of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” images of recently deceased stars such as Regis Philbin, Naya Rivera, Robert Conrad, Diahann Carroll, Jerry Stiller, and Sesame Street legend Caroll Spinney appeared onscreen.

But many fans questioned the omissions of Preston and Bryant, who both passed away earlier this year and were major forces in the entertainment industry.

Preston, who died at age 57 in July after a battle with breast cancer, was best known for her work in big-screen films, but she also had a lengthy TV resume. The wife of John Travolta had recurring roles on Fat Actress, Medium, and CSI: Cyber, and her very first acting credit was in the original Hawaii Five-O series in 1980, per IMDB.

The lack of a Bryant mention also angered viewers eight months after the Los Angeles Lakers legend, 41, died alongside his daughter, Gianna, and seven other victims in a horrific helicopter crash in California. Bryant logged several acting credits on TV, first on the sitcom Moesha in 1998 and later on Bette and Modern Family.

While he wasn’t primarily an actor, fans felt Bryant’s legendary presence on television deserved a mention, especially because the virtual Emmy Awards ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which is known as the “house” he “built” during his iconic basketball career.

In comments to a YouTube video of the segment, which can be seen below, horrified viewers reacted to the snubs.

“Did we forget KELLY PRESTON?????” one fan wrote.

“They also left out Kobe Bryant of the segment, that sucks. Kobe was honored at this year’s tribute in the Oscars,” another added.

Earlier this year, Bryant was honored at the Academy Awards. The late NBA legend won an Oscar in 2018 for his film Dear Basketball.

On Twitter, others expressed disappointment over the beloved stars who were missing from the tribute.

“You had one job #Emmy,” one fan wrote. “#Memoriam Kelly Preston. How could you leave her out?”

“Kobe Bryant was left out of the #Emmys Memoriam, but they are broadcasting from The Staples Center, WTF?!? #RIPKOBE #TheHouseThatKobe Built,” another added.

Other late stars missing from the 72nd Emmys’ montage included Monty Python comedy pioneer Terry Jones, actress Olivia de Havilland, and Saturday Night Live music producer Hal Wilner.

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