Kobe, Phil Survive Another Mean Road
Um, ever think you'd hear Kobe fess up that he choked in the biggest game of his life? That's how exhausted (delirious?) he was after helping reverse a potentially devastating career setback with a stirring comeback against the Celtics, this in one of the most riveting sports events you'll ever see, even if it was harder on the eyes than Rosie O'Donnell.
"You know, I just wanted it so bad. It wanted it so, so bad," said Bryant, explaining why he made only six of 24 shots in what resembled an out-of-body experience. "On top of that, I was on E. Man, I was really, really tired. The more I kept pushing it, the more it kept getting away from me.
"I was so tired my ears were ringing, they really were. It felt like It was six in the morning and I was on the track running. I was just drained."