Following Fowler’s Footsteps



Kobe Bryant’s buy in for another shot at the title

Freak accidents are part of an everyday person’s life. Whether one is an Ice Road Trucker, a poker player, or a world class basketball player; when fate intervenes and flips over a different page, who knows what will happen next? When that time arrives, and puts a person in a standstill position where there are no second chances, no buy-ins, and no rehabilitation therapy; only one thing is certain: a true champion can – and will – comeback to beat the odds.

Poker players have to always be on their toes every hand. They can’t put their guards down, because once they do, they’ll probably end up with a gaping hole on their chip stack – or worse, getting the pink slip en route the exit door in a split second.

In a Partypoker post written by Danny Willis, he tells the amazing tale of 1979 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, Hal Fowler. Deemed as perhaps the greatest comeback in WSOP’s history, Fowler was the first amateur poker player to win the prestigious event – despite almost busting out in the first day. Basically, Mr. Comeback personified the quote “It’s not how you start but how you finish.”

Comeback stories have a way of capturing the hearts of loyal and passionate sports fans. Besides having some of the most astonishing come-from-behind stories on the court, basketball has a couple of inspiring legends away from the court as well; one of them is Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

To say that the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2012-13 season a disappointment is a massive understatement. Bugged by a couple of coaching changes, a slew of nagging injuries to their starters, and to top it all off, with a couple of games left in the regular season, their leader fell to a nasty Achilles injury. To put it in Hal Fowler’s world, Kobe Bryant busted out of a tournament on the bubble.

With a brand new season of the NBA looming on the horizon, Kobe Bryant and the whole Lakers community look to bounce back from adversity, and buy in another stack of chips in the upcoming tournament. Though the current roster is not as star studded, according to Bryant, it’s a more cohesive team and the atmosphere away from the court is a stark contrast from last season. Now, all he has to do is call that inner Hal Fowler, wear that intimidating “Mamba Face,” and prove all critics wrong; because despite having their backs against the wall, the Los Angeles Lakers still have that ace up their sleeves named, Kobe Bryant.

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