who should I blame? Should I blame Kobe for passing it to him? Even if we had won, we still would have had to make changes. Look, the shot didn't go in and the only one to blame is Horry. You couldn't try to shoot 2 for 32 from 3 point range. Oy, bad memories
Yea, alright, so Rob's shot didn't go in. And he missed a lot of other shots this season. But do you realize we never would have had that third ring wthout him? He's done so much for this team, and I think a lot of it has gone unnoticed. You can blame him for missing that one shot, but you can't blame him for losing that game or the series. There were plenty of other missed shots, turnover, missed defensive assignments, etc, etc, that cost them the game and the series. The Lakers lacked depth all season, and it only got worse when Fox and George went down. We all know that Shaq was out of shape and didn't seem to be in some of the games mentally. Kobe played hurt half the year and still managed to amaze everyone. Then when Kobe hurt his shoulder, he still played on. Like I said, you can't blame a loss on one person. I know you gave credit to Rob for the shots he has hit in the past, and that's good, but you don't want to get rid of a guy because of one missed shot and you don't keep him for one made shot.
The additions of Payton and Malone will bring the Lakers back to having talent like they did during the Showtime Era... maybe they can win another championship like the one Magic is holding.