Jazzygirl205 wrote:He can't do everything, I say if Kobe tried this at age 26-28 then he'll have no problem because it's obvious he can do it all. However his legs and his body is not young anymore by NBA standards. Outside in the real world he's just 34, in the NBA he's like 54 (okay maybe I'm exaggerating) but I think people are asking for too much. He can't garner all of these assists then guard the other team's faster sometimes younger best player, at the same time go and score a certain amount of points, and then grab boards other players should be grabbing aka Dwight Howard. I said that before, he can't do this at 34, if this role was needed during our championship run it wouldn't have been NOTHING to Kobe, but we didn't need him to pass because we got 2 titles out of Kobe playing the way Kobe saw fit. It's just too much on the platter and he shouldn't be babying his teammates so they can play well.
But because of age, he cannot shoot 15-18 times and get 7 assists? That makes no sense. Sounds like an excuse to me.
Honestly not trying to make excuses. In my opinion, He can't go out there and be expected to get a certain amount of assist, take a certain amount of shots, guard the other team's best player, play defense of a specific magnitude, as well as get a certain amount of boards while playing extended minutes. There has been games where he's had to play too many minutes because our team has gotten behind, and by the time he's invested he'll be tired. A 34 year old shouldn't be asked to carry out that kind of game every single night. Other guys have to take the load off. Right now we don't have those "consistent" reliable pieces to be able to take the load off. Tim Duncan has that, Kevin Garnett has that, Dirk had that during the championship run. None of our guys have been a offensively consistent reliance that could enable Kobe to free up a little, right?
I would agree that because of age he probably can't take 25 shots and get 10 assists every night and that's fair, I don't think anyone expects him to do that. What many people, including myself, have been expecting from him is more balance but that's been one of Kobe's biggest struggles for years now. Even in games where he does put up like 18 points and gets like 9-10 assists, it is a lot of passing for the entire first half and then shooting for the entire second half. Balance, see?
Balance, balance, balance easier said than done, of course. Look at it this way, Ray Allen is a catch and shoot player if someone suggested he play like Paul Pierce at the age he is now he'll pretty much have to abandon one part of his game in order to adhere to the other because he'd have to invest so much energy. If Carmelo transferred from dominant scorer to a Rajon Rondo- esque type game when we know his bread and butter is at 34, same outcome. I'm not saying Kobe shouldn't do it, but we can't expect him to be able to do it night in and night out at this age and at this point in his career. Too much energy expended too many errors that we can't afford to make. There's no time to experiment and gel. Lost athleticism plays a major part as well. If Kobe could get to the basket and get the calls he used to in the past then I'm pretty sure it'll be a different story. But it's not.
I suppose if Kobe just isn't capable of playing a balanced game, then I would take the passing Kobe over the scoring Kobe.
He's capable(as we all saw in previous games) he just can't do it every night. I wish he could, everyone wishes he could but this experimental Kobe phase came some years too late. We really didn't need it in the past though because we had a better coach more consistent, not so much as better, but reliable cast around him, who made it easier for him to play his game, but also made and found their own shots. Unless folks wouldn't mind some injury risks or if we made the playoffs a dead tired Kobe trying to force everything. But what's the reason for us bringing in Steve Nash? You're right though passing Kobe whether he scores no points or 30 points is winning us games so I'll take it.
We're winning with that formula. And in my opinion, even though a Kobe iso triple-pump-fake, fallaway jumper over two defenders miss, is the same net result points wise as a ball that moves inside out, around the arc, touching multiple players hands, for a wide open jump shot that misses, I'd rather take the miss that came out of team play because it will keep players more focused.
Ideally for me, with this team, he is averaging in the high teens to low 20s in points and around 7 assists or so. Some nights he may get one or more of the other and that's ok. But one basket? He's better than this, let's not try to pretend he isn't.
He is better than that, but we just have to accept what's being given to us. At least we're putting ourselves in a position to win. The Lakers winning is all that matters.