Weezy wrote:Kobe doesn't go for scoring titles at the expense of winning, he could have played and tried for it last season and he didn't. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous, he was playing to win, doing what he thought he needed to win. Clearly it wasn't working and he has changed it up, not on his own, after that team meeting, which means it was probably suggested by teammates and maybe even the coach.
Exactly. It doesn't get any more clear cut than: go play this game, score X points, win the scoring title...and Kobe doesn't go for it. See David Robinson for a clear example of a guy playing for the scoring title.
There is one thing I don't understand; since when is it a bad thing going for the scoring title? Of course, if it is to the detriment of your team it is a bad idea, but if your teammates are onboard and wants to help you get it, why not go for it? Seriously, it's stupid. It used to be AN HONOR to be a scoring champ in this league, nowadays it's seriously downplayed, or only talked about in a positive way when it's about certain players. For example, MJ's scoring titles are always used as one of the arguments for his legendary status (and he sure as hell took pride in winning them), yet last year when Kobe and Durant could have gone for it they both downplayed it, Kobe didn't even bother to play. It never would have gone down in such a way in the 80s or 90s. There is some serious bias going on as to when it is a positive to be a good scorer; the media gets a goofy about the scoring ability of Durant and Melo (I don't know how many ESPN experts have called Melo the best scorer in the game, let alone Durant), yet whenever Kobe has put up those numbers in the last few years, it was often not celebrated in the same way. I mean, it doesn't make sense.
People also act like it is EASY to score a lot of points, but if that was the case, why aren't more people averaging close to 30ppg? I'm quite sure there are more than a few players around the league that would be happy averaging 30 with a 42% fg percentage, so why aren't we seeing more scorers like this? Simply because people overlook the fact that scoring 30 points is bloody hard work, let alone 40. Since Durant is scoring so easily, why isn't he putting up 60 point games? I'm not out to take anything away from durant as a scorer though, cause he's amazing, but I just wish media and fans would stop letting their agendas getting in the way of appreciating the skill and effort that goes into the different aspects of the game.