7cody wrote:WARNING - DO NOT READ IF YOU CAN'T "KEEP IT REAL"
Sometimes the truth has to hurt in order to be effective.
Kobe is my favorite player but I have accepted him for who he is years ago. I don't know why certain members here, including some moderators, can't do the same thing.
Get over it. He's not the best. That doesn't mean he can't be the most skilled, the most fun to watch, or your favorite player. He also has very, very low IQ and plays the game the wrong way - meaning that he does not make the right plays and do what is best for this team.
I still watch all of Kobe's games. I just don't get mad when the 5-24 shooting happens. If you want the game winners and hero shots that are fun to watch, then you HAVE to accept the several 5-24 shooting nights in between.
But seriously, you have this much talent, and you can't play the best way for your team? You can't make the right play? You STILL don't want to play defense? And.... 8th seed? Kobe is amazing, but he's also incredibly overrated.
Bleh, whatever, Kobe is good enough to play a stupid game and still dominate. That's amazing. You're pretty damn good, and fun to watch when you're not bricking like crazy. You're the only player that is good enough to get yours without reading and reacting to the defense. You're so good you don't even have to make the best decisions and can still score a high PPG at 45%. And luckily, you've generally had a good enough team to do your thing and still win lots of games and championships.
I'm kinda confused as to the point of this post, or who it's aimed at or arguing against. First you say we need to accept Kobe for who he is, which is then all based on your opinion, and along the way you throw out "including some moderators", as if moderators opinions need to be a certain set way simply because they moderate the site, try to keep the place clean, civil, organized and run by the rules. Not really sure why their opinions need to be thrown in as if they need to see the "truth" and accept it or are homers, or why they can't
be homers yet still mods. I'm a mod, I love my team, I've loved many players along the way, I've defended some simply because they're Lakers and they're on my team, I've been a homer at times, so what?
That said, to the main point, Kobe not being the best, not having a high basketball IQ, not playing the game the right way, being an athlete and being able to play offense AND defense but just not giving the effort, again, all your opinion. Again though, who are you arguing against? Who is saying Kobe is the best? I believe if you look around this forum you'll see most people saying that Kobe is not the best player in the NBA anymore, and that him being top 3-5 is more reasonable and even that is amazing in his 17th season.
As for him not playing the game "the right way", according to who, you? Because of one game where he goes ISO too many times down the stretch and misses the shots to get the win? Before that he had his points in the teens, a low shot count, 11 assists and was having a good all around game. Aside from that he's adjusted his game multiple times this season for what many considered to be the good of the team, what the team needed at the time. So how does he play the game the wrong way or not make the right plays for the team become true simply because you say it?
He plays the wrong way, he has low BBIQ, and he's overrated, yet he took his team to 3 Finals in a row a few years back, won two titles this way (not making the right plays all along the way apparently), and was the best player in the league without question for at least 7 years IMO. He won these titles with only one other All-Star player next to him in Pau, a guy that had never been out of the first round of the playoffs before he came here, and who if based on only NBA accomplishments probably isn't a hall of famer. But Kobe isn't that good, and is overrated, he only took a team to 2 titles with probably the least 'help' you can have doing it.
If you're talking only in the here and now, you're right, he's not the best, LeBron is now, but before he had this bad game Friday he had for the majority of the season carried our team in his 17th season. We're in the 8th seed now, and that alone says that Kobe isn't that good? Our injuries, pieces that haven't seem to fit, coaching turmoil, front office instability amid our owner dying all have little to do with that? He started off carrying us with scoring as usual, then he switched it up to playing defense on the best team's player for a stretch to try and get us wins which worked for a while. Then he switched it up again and started carrying us by playing PG and dishing out assists and running the team as well as anyone seemingly could. THEN we suffered more injuries so he went back to giving us scoring we needed and carrying us that way and we had like the 3rd best record in the league post-All-Star break, having amazing games of 40+ points and 12 and 11 assists back to back, then gets injured and tries to play through it to continue to help the team as always, but knows he can't go so he sits.
He comes back pretty quick from that injury and has a good first half, then a terrible 2nd half, especially on D, again in his 17th season on a bum ankle, yet that's just effort, he's old and injured yet not giving enough effort. Please, that's laughable. The defense he played was terrible, absolutely, but I really don't think it was because of a lack of effort, age catches up, add injury to it and you just can't do all you want to do. Sure he should stay with his man when his man is that hot, or just in general, but maybe that's not how they are being coached, we don't know that.
So again, who was your post directed at? Who is saying Kobe is "the best", what do you mean by the best, the best right now in the league, the best ever, the best SG, what do you mean? I don't really see anyone calling him any of those things other than the best at his position, and those that are usually blatantly say that they are homers and just dislike the other players in the NBA so why bother with them anyway? In the end I responded to your post because I just don't get it, don't get the point, don't get who you are going after. You want to say Kobe just isn't that good, has low BBIQ, is overrated, isn't "the best", that's fine, you have a right to your opinion, but don't come in here telling me it's "the truth" and I'm wrong if I can't accept it or I'm not "keeping it real" if I don't, please. Kobe's not the best in the league anymore, but again who's saying he is, and if they are who cares? Like you said I'll continue to watch the games and enjoy them, because he's a Laker and I'm a Laker fan, he's been my franchise's best player for a long time, been here 17 years and I'll never turn on the guy, I'll watch his career wind down and enjoy the ride, then move on to rooting for the next class of Lakers, nobody here needs to be lectured or educated on what Kobe is, we've all seen him for a long enough time to make up our own minds of what "the truth" is.