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Kobe Bryant Compares Himself to Neo from Matrix

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29:   Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakerscatches a pass from Steve Nash #10 in front of Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center on January 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

Kobe Bryant has completely transformed his game over the course of the Los Angeles Lakers' past three huge wins, and he gives the credit all to his ability to mirror the main character from The Matrix. Who else?

The Lakers have won three games in a row, thanks to Kobe suddenly transforming into a terrific distributor and a solid all-around player in general.

He's averaging just 16.3 points, but making up for his relative lack of a scoring punch with 13 assists and 8.7 rebounds, plus a combined two blocks and steals in each of the past three games.

Even crazier, he's shooting nearly 59 percent, barely taking any three-pointers and shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line.

He's turned into bizarro Kobe, and it's all thanks to his ability to flip his game on its head and completely turn the Lakers around.  

I can totally buy the Neo comparison, that's fine. But taking a look at another clip from the Lakers' win over the New Orleans Hornets, you get the vibe of a character from a different sci-fi movie.

Who else in the league can so easily convince a referee to overturn a technical foul? Kobe Bryant is so obviously Obi-Wan Kenobi.

No other player in the league can work over that Jedi mind trick on the referees. Kobe just looks down at the referee, says to him, "This is not the foul you're looking to call" and the referee changes his mind.

Plus, how fun would it be to call him Kobe-Wan Kenobi all game long?

Either way, Neo or Obi-Wan, Kobe's changing game has given the Lakers a huge boost, and keeping these changes will be the saving grace of the Lakers' season.

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