Kobe Bryant's Determination Face Is Very Familiar

The Branded Kobe Bryant Determination Face seems a bit like everything else Kobe does to me: scripted, overly self-conscious, and permissable because he plays basketball like a unstoppable hellwraith. He made it a few times last night, and each tie he did little bells of recognition went off in my head. Where had I seen that before? Shrimp? Why am I thinking of shrimp? Movie?
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↵Fortunately, someone else pulled the name I was looking for: Kobe's business face looks a lot like Bubba from Forrest Gump. Now that we let Freek loose on it for an hour or so, I'm thinking Kobe needs to go bowtie for formal occasions. It's a flattering look on him.
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↵Over at the Baseline, Shoals says Kobe and the rest of the Lakers were anything but gump-ish (See: The Wire usage of the word, not Forrest with a capital G) in defending the Magic, while Devaney says last year's Finals debacle is still burning the Lakers into a redoubled 2009 title push.
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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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