therealdeal wrote:He's still got to find the balance that Magic enjoyed.
This is true, as much as I <3 Kobe, I agree that he struggles to find a balance which is unfortunate.
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Balance. He found it alright up until last year. The dude did win 5 chips, lead a team of nobodies to the playoffs and almost took out #1 PHX.
Last year. Brown's system. Zero shooters. Clogged middle. Bynum horrible at double teams. He shot more. Why? If he didn't shoot from oustide, who else was gonna make shots to open up the middle for Bynum?
This year. D12 whines about touches. Pau whines about touches. Nash ineffective as a PnR distributor, his bread and butter. Bench players wanting and needing touches. Defense wasn't being played. So when Kobe decides to change, probably at the teams request, we start to play D. We win 3 straight.
Balance? Do you really expect Kobe to endanger this sudden "team spirit" and happiness because guys are satiated with their touches by shooting more against PHX? I don't.
Balance is real easy to achieve when you've got teammates who aren't so sensitive. We talk about Magic having such good balance....well he played with 3 HOF'ers and role players who didn't complain and played D. He played with those guys for a long period of time.
This is Kobe's first year with these guys. We are losing. Losing bad. It's not the best situation to find balance. Kobe is walking on eggshells. It'll be alot easier if these guys played D without regard for "getting involved". But sadly that's not the case.
To ask him to find balance this soon, with these group of guys, is just asking way too much. Second new head coach. Second different system. Now it looks like its a third one.
I'll tell you this, these guys couldn't have played and meshed well with MJ.