My one WMC was Kobe? I don't think I ever said that. I did say "Kobe. Way too many shots" or something along those lines. But I also mentioned that we under utilized Dwight as well.
Yes, it was.
Also, constantly repeating that Howard is under utilized is another of your ways of blaming Kobe, and it's obvious. BTW, you realize by now that said statement is false right? trodgers showed you stats, Howard's consuming more possessions than Bynum did last year. And that's with him being a complete liability since he can't make FTs.
JGC wrote:Kobe was the zero IMO. I'm not the only one that believes that. I just don't think going Iverson helps the team. Do you think it helps the team or hurts the team?
Kobe wasn't the zero. It's not as subjective as some may think, IMO we can say with plenty objectivism that that isn't true.
You not being the only one who believes that means very little, considering the essence of certain posters' apparent purpose here.
JGC wrote:Nothing that Kobe did accomplished anything tonight. If we're sacrificing wins to "gel", then fine, let's play the team concept, work on gelling, and lose some ball games. If we're sacrificing the team concept and "gelling" to get cheap wins, then fine let's abandon the team concept, go hero ball and win some ball games.
We did neither. We missed an opportunity to do some in-game gelling and chalked up another loss. If we're going to lose, then I'd rather we do that trying to form our team identity.
Despite Kobe not being as sharp as he can sometimes be, the team was doing pretty well when he was on the floor throught the first 3 Qs. The team's collapse began in the 4th, with him on the bench, and no, it wasn't his fault from the bench. The rockets gained momentum and hack-a-dwight took the rest of our offensive and defensive flow & rythm (added to the fact that individually our guys really sucked on D for some stretches, Kobe being one of them no doubt).
I do think Kobe took too many shots and forced the issue from time to time, though he was being able to find consistent good looks for himself (except the 3s, those weren't needed), just missed some..
His D was the worst part of his game, but his work on offense wasn't NEARLY as big as a problem as you paint it to be.
JGC wrote:What exactly was the point in him taking 18 shots by halftime exactly? It's another example where Kobe's heart is in the right place (his desire to win), but how he goes about doing it was entirely off base.
I agree he took too many shots in the first half. Seemed like he had some rythm but settled for some bad shots (3s mostly) or forced it from time to time.
No much of an argument there, it was a bit more than just "taking what the D was giving". Maybe he felt he needed to compensate for Pau not being there. I don't know. But again, even then the team was doing fairly well, actually playing pretty good overall, even good D (though they weren't rebounding much). That wasn't what caused the collapse.