Overall, a pretty lousy game for both teams, though. The Laker strategy mostly involved having Kobe shoot fall-away jumpers over double-teams. He made some of them, but we've seen him do that once or twice before, so it's not as interesting as watching Lin play. The Lakers' point guard Derek Fisher is a great guy, the last player remaining in the NBA who played on the famous '71 Knicks squad (if memory serves), but he is getting on in years and can't really keep up anymore with all the Chinese Harvard talent in the NBA these days. Andrew Bynum continues to be a very large person, but he seems less like a Lakers center (Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq) and more like a Clippers center (Benoit Benjamin, Michael Olowokandi).
Okay, the Lakers did have one interesting play where Kobe got trapped by a double team at the top of the key, and to keep from getting whistled for traveling (assuming traveling is still illegal in the NBA) intentionally slammed the ball off the backboard from 20 feet away. Since nobody on the Knicks had any idea what was going on, Kobe had no trouble grabbing the rebound of his intentional miss at the free throw line, and passing it out to a teammate for a wide open basket.
This concludes my commentary on the 2012 NBA season. See you in 2013!