The Hornets once again pulled off the unexpected, already eliminated from the playoffs the Hornets came out strong and held off a late rally by the Lakers to get a 108-100 win over the Western Conference’s top team on Monday night. It was another one of my most anticipated events of the sports year, it would be the only time Kobe Bryant would come to town and I wanted to make sure to get some good stock and action images of Kobe for future sales.
The first half of the game I barely got a clean shot of Kobe doing anything, I got one clean shot of a jump shot and a nice frame of Bryant passing the ball off, besides that all I had in the first half was a bunch of run of the mill stock shots of Kobe Bryant dribbling down the court.
Below is my favorite frame of the night, as Bryant screamed as he drove to the basket trying an acrobatic shot in the fourth quarter as he tried to mount a comeback for the Lakers in the fourth quarter against the Hornets.
Just like with when LeBron James came to town I definitely wanted to get some shots of Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant together, they don’t often guard each other, but they did chat while awaiting a free throw a few times and I got the shot below.
Another shot of Bryant and Paul together was in the second half when Paul drove past Bryant on this play.
Bryant wasn’t the only player to capture during the game, but most of my efforts were focused on getting nice shots of Kobe, but I also still had to tell the story of the game, and that was the Lakers struggles against the Hornets defense. The second shot was used by ESPN Los Angeles on their front page last night, clips from tonight’s action can be found at the bottom of the page.
Game action is not the only thing to focus on sometimes good pictures take place off the court, such as Hornets mascot Air Hugo harassing one of the New Orleans Honeybees dancers and a shot of George Shinn with his wife Denise touching Shinn on the chin it sort of a welcome back honey moment. Shinn has been battling prostate cancer and has been seldom seen at the New Orleans Arena this year, tonight his guest courtside might also be recognized, actor Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming joined the Hornets owner courtside.
Hornets guard Chris Paul had his first double-double performance since returning to the court from a knee injury, here Paul hits a three pointer in the first half.
Here are a few of my clips from tonight’s game.
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