thkthebest wrote:Kobe is one of the hardest workers this game has ever seen. If he needs to play off the ball, he can surely learn how to play off the ball. The problem is that Kobe is also one of the greatest players WITH the ball. What player would actually justify taking the ball out of Kobe's hands? It was supposed to be Nash, but we all know what happened there.
If we get LeBron or CP3, then yea, Kobe can play off the ball some more. He knows it. He's stated it. Who else would justify it? Nobody. If it's anybody else, then it would only make sense for Kobe to sacrifice some possessions, but most of the ball handling duties should still go to him because he's just too good at it.
People have been saying that Kobe COULD play off ball for years now. He still hasn't done it. People said he WOULD play off the ball with Nash here. Never happened. Check out these gems from the "My Concerns About Kobe and This Current Laker Team" thread in the beginning of this season (names withheld).
Now he has the same opportunity here with Dwight and Nash. Do you think he WANTS to expend energy trying to create a shot when he has a player like Nash to get him the ball to the spots he wants?
Hope this thread gets moderated.
Dude! Kobe Bean Bryant is probably the absolute smartest player in the league. Well him or Nash. (granted from homer Laker view but damned hard to argue against). Do you actually think he (and Nash) are not going to be able to figure this out with all the new attack options that will be available? Seriously?????
i think Kobe coming right off the Olympics where he was picking his spots and allowing the rest of the team do its thing will help him ease into his new role next season
i have no worries about Kobe 'messing' things up
He'll do his thing, he'll score his points, but he's not going to have to dominate the ball which will help the team.
I'm am really sick of hearing that Kobe won't be willing to defer to Nash or Dwight. Kobe HEAVILY recruited Nash to Los Angeles. Why the hell would he do that if he wasn't willing to defer?
He'll still be the go to guy in the 4th quarter, but there's absolutely no question in my mind that Kobe will be able to defer to Nash and Dwight.
That's not the case anymore with Nash aboard. Now Kobe can play off the ball more and conserve alot of energy.
this isn't smush parker we're talking about. this isn't steve blake and kwame brown we're talking about. it's steve nash, and dwight howard.
also with being one year older, he's gonna be ever more deferring to players like dwight to 1. conserve his energy/body 2. make dwight happy.
At least to me that means Kobe will let Nash do his thing and put him in the best possible positions to score. Kobe is about winning.
I think it's out there that he called Nash to help convince him to come here so he wouldn't have to handle the ball as much.
"If Kobe doesn’t mesh with Nash’s offense, then this team will not succeed."
How often does that happen with Steve Nash?
I'll be pretty surprised if Kobe goes into ball hog mode this year. He has to realize the end is near and he is a much more limited player and has to pick his spots. He has to let Nash run the show.
I also look at the role he has taken on in the olympics. Kobe will be just fine.
Again, it's not entirely Kobe's fault. Part of it is that he's been put in this situation. If you develop a player to focus on offense and not defense, it's going to be hard to ask him to be a lock down defender 17 seasons in to his career ok. That's just reality.
You look at the threads over the years and every now and then discussions pop up just like this one about whether a guy like Kobe can play with a ball dominant player. And the responses are always the same. They usually include words such as "not worried", "fine", "olympics", "he's about winning", etc. There's no actual reference to it occurring over any extended period of time because well, it hasn't. So it's all hope and conjecture. They'll even say "he'll do what he has to do to win" but even that isn't true. He didn't play defense. (I suppose we can get in to a discussion about whether one has to play defense to win).
Getting a true PG while Kobe is here wouldn't make sense. It would be better, to go and get someone who can play OFF of Kobe. We can go and get a true PG when Kobe is gone.