OK. But. If that is what is bringing him down so much, the stuff he normally can do and how he dominates if he weren't coming off the back and now the shoulder, then WHY so much made about him wanting more touches and more stats and griping to others about Kobe. He gets hammered when he gets it in the key and he can't power through guys. Again my and others' take is he is pissed because he's nowhere near the MAN here that he is used to being. He feels entitiled to be treated that way even when he is currently a shell of himself. This is not a guy about the team. He should be happy others are here to take a lot of that pressure off him and the pounding that comes with.
I just want to clarify that I'm in no way excusing the behavior he's had thus far, but what I see is a man frustrated. A man who knows what the problem is, but because so much else is going wrong he's confused and lashing out.
Key words being at the end there: he's confused and lashing out.
He's blaming others because he doesn't want to say that it's his back. He doesn't want to admit his back is limiting him THIS MUCH. He wants to blame others. It's almost natural to be that way and especially when you look at his life up until this point he's had everything handed to him. He's just not mature enough to sit down and realize that physically he's incapable of these things so he needs to shut up and deal with it. He's still too immature to see that.
That kind of behavior can be unlearned. He SHOULD be past it, but he's not. I'm not going to hold it against him that he's acting this way. I've been seeing a struggling guy who is fighting the process because it's hard and it's scary and it's difficult to blame yourself, especially when you've never had to.
If he were 100% healthy I wouldn't just throw him under the buss, I'd be driving it. But right now there's so much wrong with him and with our franchise that I can't hold any one person responsible for the way things have gone this season. Not him, not Kobe, not Jim Buss, not Pau... It's just been a mess all around. And who can blame them? The man that runs the show was dying in front of them...