The Rock wrote:" Everyone on the team is playing with an "if you have a good shot, take it" mentality, I'm simply saying Kobe should do the same. "
^ that is all
you don't have to worry about Kobe taking a "good shot, when there is one" IMO.
Do I want Kobe to finish better? yes. So in a sense I see where you are coming from. But really, IMO if you want the Lakers to be great, Kobe needs to figure it out. He needs to be able to balance it out. He has never in his career been able to balance out shooting and passing effectively. Either shooting too much or passing too much rather than reading the defense (which he claims like every 3 games at least once during the past 17 years).
Kobe has never tried to "take what the defense gives him". He has always made his mind up before the game what he is looking to do (pass in the first half, shoot in the second half, shoot all game long, pass all game long, pass in the first and 3rd quarter and shoot in the second and fourth etc.).
This is Kobe's problem to figure out rather than anybody else's...guys like Ray Allen or Steve Nash are known clutch performers who don't shoot much either during the game.
Does Kobe overpass right now? certainly there are situations where he does. But Kobe overpassing a few times is better than Kobe missing a few fallaways that result in transition defense for the Lakers. If the Lakers play right, there won't be that "clutch" situation at all and Kobe would be on the bench. For us to allow the Pistons to come back was the issue and has been in the last few games and thats rather a collective collapse rather than Kobe not being in rhythem to stop the bleeing.
You can't sacrifice chemistry and screw Gasol, Nash and Howard just for Kobe to be clutch if there is a clutch situation. Bottom line is this team with this personell isn't going to accept Kobe jacking up shots and I can't blame them. I don't expect Kobe to have 11 assists a game but average around 7 should definitely be possibe. It isn't so much keeping others happy but keeping them interested and not watch Kobe go to work 1 on 5. He is 34, getting closer to 35. You can't expect the same Kobe as 8 years ago.