If the Lakers come back from 3-0, then everyone will remember this as one of the all-time great sports guarantees, up there with Mark Messier and Joe Namath. But it's not; it's just Kobe staying positive. The full quote: "I might be sick in the head or crazy or thrown off or something like that because I still think we are going to win this series."

Not crazy, but in some sort of denial that his 14-year window to realistically win a title (far longer than the vast majority of players receive or deserve) appears to have abruptly swung shut.