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Bulls Sun Mar 22 2009

Bulls Fall to Lakers and Kobe Drops by House of Hoops

The Bulls winning ways at the United Center were put on hiatus for at least one night after coughing up a 14 point halftime lead to Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers. The Bulls, who had won 8 in a row at the UC, dropped the decision to Lakers after being throttled in the third and fourth quarters and giving up the ball 23 times to a Laker squad that preys on the opposition's mistakes. John Salmons contributed 30 points for the Bulls in the loss and Chicago's lead for the final playoff berth remained at one game after the Charlotte Bobcats lost to the Indiana Pacers at home.

The Bulls, who had miraculously been slaying vastly superior teams at home for the better part of two months, made far too many mistakes against a team that knows how to win a game even when their superstar is having an off night. In this case, the "off night" for Bryant was 25 points on 10/25 shooting with "only" 7 assists and a "mere" 5 steals.

Meanwhile on Sunday afternoon Kobe, on a day off for the Lakers, in the midst of a 7 game road trip, went out to Chicago's West Side to visit the recently opened House of Hoops to premiere his new line of Nike Zooms: the limited edition Lower Merion colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe IV. The masses came out, well, en masse, to greet the larger-than-life Bryant and to maybe catch a glimpse of the doper-than-thou shoes --which were selling at a clip that would be very misleading to any financial consultants in the house, wondering about the current economic crisis and the relation to consumer spending habits.

Following a brief Q & A --wherein Kobe held court on if it matters who he's playing against: it doesn't; and whether he has any favorites to talk trash with: he does: Manu Ginobli in the Olympics-- Bryant and the gathered crowd were treated to an impromptu rendition of the popular "Stanky Leg" dance by an enthusiastic youth in attendance.

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