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Bresnahan's Takes: It's time the Lakers advance to next round

Kobe Bryant is 4-1 in Game 7s during his career. More impressive: trainer Gary Vitti is 7-1.

May 12, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Trainer Gary Vitti and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant are 4-1 together in Game 7s. Vitti is 3-0 B.K. (before Kobe).
Trainer Gary Vitti and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant are 4-1 together in Game… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Mike Bresnahan covers the Lakers for The Times and ties up loose ends before all their playoff games. The Lakers are tied with the Denver Nuggets, 3-3, heading into Saturday night's game.

Yeah, Kobe Bryant is 4-1 in Game 7s in his career.

Beat Portland in 2000, Sacramento in 2002, Houston in 2009 and Boston in 2010. Whatever.

More impressive is the record of longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti. He’s 7-1 in Game 7s.

Start with Kobe’s 4-1 mark and tack on Game 7 victories against Utah, Dallas and Detroit — all in 1988.

Vitti’s been with the Lakers since 1984, 12 years before Bryant’s arrival. Now that is an impressive run.

Q&A of the day

Question: Can you find out why Andrew Bynum is allowed to get away with all these childish antics?

—Matt, college buddy of Greg

Answer: It would take way-y-y too long to catalogue Bynum’s bizarre season in a quick Q&A answer.

But who’s Greg?

Final thought

Thanks, Lakers.

I was looking so good with a 4-0 record, correctly picking that hiccup in Game 3, followed by a victory in Game 4.

Then came the last two games, losses for you and me.

I need 1,500 more miles to reach the next level of frequent-flier status on United. So I really need to get one more round out of you guys.

Metta World Peace’s return should be just enough to make it happen.

The pick: Lakers.

Bresnahan’s record: 4-2

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