The Washington Wizards host the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that probably won't tell us much about either team. We know the Wizards are not great this season. We also know the Lakers are very, very not great. The only thing notable thing that could really happen tonight is if the Wizards were to lose to the two-win Lakers at home, who just gave the Sixers their first win of the season on Tuesday night, because that would be a disaster.
Instead, we'll spend most of this preview recalling Kobe's highs and lows at the Verizon Center. But first, here's the info you need for tonight's action:
When: December 2 @ 7 PM EST.
Where: Verizon Center
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1 WNEW
Alan Anderson remains out for the Wizards. Drew Gooden, Nene and Gary Neal are questionable.
Notable Kobe Bryant moments at the Verizon Center
The final time Michael Jordan beat Kobe Bryant
The Wizards hosted Kobe and the Lakers in 2002 near the beginning of Michael Jordan's farewell tour. Jordan and Kobe combined for 56 points, but Jerry Stackhouse stole the show by scoring 29 points, including the game-winning dunk at the buzzer.
The triple-double game
In his final season with Shaq, Kobe Bryant showed he was ready to handle lone wolf duties in a 25 point, 14 rebound, 10 assist performance to overcome a 35 point night from Gilbert Arenas.
The time he held off Gilbert Arenas
This was the first time Bryant and Arenas faced off after Agent Zero scored 60 points against Kobe and the Lakers in Los Angeles. Gilbert Arenas gave it another good run, scoring 37 points and making 16 of his 17 free throws. But on the other end, Kobe Bryant scored 39 points and had 6 assists and 6 rebounds to boot as the Lakers won 118-102.
The mask game