Heir'z Corner: If They Only Had a Brain
Kobe is still one of the best to ever had played this game but he lacks what made MJ best and that is he doesn't make the guys around him better.
Is this "scout" so old or drunk (or both) that he doesn't know what year it is? When was the last time we heard that line? I thought the American society was over the whole "Kobe Bryant is a ballhog" theory. Saying a guy can win league MVP without making his teammates better is like saying Shaq can run more than 10 laps....without chasing an ice cream truck.
Last season Kobe shared the ball more than he ever has and actually became one of the guys. It was easy to tell during the playoffs that he was finally playing with the mindset of "how many points I score isn't important." The stats don't completely back it up, but that only shows you how much of a difference it makes to have a real team behind you. He took 2 less shots a game in an offense with a quicker tempo.
In 2007 we averaged 103.3 ppg.
Last season it went up over 5 points at 108.6.
If we're playing a faster tempo then obviously that means we're getting more opportunities to shoot the ball, right? Of course.
6 out of 7 players who were on the team in 2007 and were still there last season (not including Kobe) shot MORE
according to the stats on ESPN.com. Luke being the only one since he went from a starter to a limited role player off the bench. While everyone else's averages went up, Kobe's actually decreased
Old, drunk, or both, this scout is an idiot.
The rest of the team is average at best.
Since when does being "average" mean that you can't work together as a unit to win? I mean he included Jordan and Pippen on the list of dynamic duos, but the talent outside of those two were fairly average as well during the first 3-peat. It's not about how much talent you have, it's about every player knowing their role and getting it done for the betterment of the group. The Pistons didn't have a player who could score 20 every night in 2004.
In the playoffs we shut down Denver's offense, overcame Utah's toughness, and knocked the reigning champions off their throne. This year Bynum, Ariza, and Yue are being added to the mix.
So if we upgraded a team that made it to the Finals, why is it that we're suddenly not good enough to make it again?
Judging from how high this "scouts" intelligence is, the team he works for has probably been in the lottery for the past 10 years so they just hire anyone who asks for a job. We don't need a janitor's opinion to motivate us for the new year.