Known in Philadelphia and given all kinds of the wrong attention, Lower Marion alum Kobe Bryant was back at it again in his hometown last night as he handed the Sixers their fifth loss in the last six games (there was the brief hopeful overtime victory Tuesday over the Bulls). The son of former-76er Joe Bryant brought his A-game to the struggling Sixers home court, scoring 32 points and schooling Andre Iguodala, who was unfortunately left with the task of guarding the unguardable.
Elton Brand, who was acquired as a free agent this season for key match-ups such as the Lakers, was ineffective, putting up just 3 points. He didn’t play the last quarter because of a right hamstring strain.
Interestingly, the Philly fans had a somewhat more positive reaction to the much-maligned Bryant, as ‘MVP’ chants were interspersed with the omnipresent boos. I’d like to think it was a sign Philadelphia fans are growing up, but I’ve been here long enough to know it’s a simple case of if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Or maybe there were just a lot of LA fans around the Philly area.