Weezy wrote:I thought Kobe had a pretty great game yesterday, it's weird when 42 points and better defense overall is not a good game to some. Kind of tired of seeing the ESPN stat over and over that the Lakers are 1-10 when Kobe scores 30 or more though. It's a nice TV show stat, but to suggest that Kobe having big scoring games is why we're losing is kind of ridiculous. When Kobe HAS to score 30 or 40 points it's usually because the rest of the team is shooting poorly, or aren't stepping up and so forth. That's not always the case, but it is at least half the time, so I don't get them showing that stat over and over.
Kobe had a great individual game. I thought he played a poor team game. There were some possessions which were just mind boggling. Specifically, one where he was doubled, gave up his dribble, pump faked and then threw it like a football toward the backboard. Now, it banked and went in but you don't want to see those kinds of things from a team perspective.
The ball barely moved when it touched Kobe's hands and when it did, it was either a turnover, a cross court pass which wasn't always on the mark, or a bailout type of pass.
I think the reason they keep showing that stat, is because it defies what one might initially think. To me, you would think that if your #1 option is scoring a lot of points, as he should, the team would do well. What it should indicate, is that Kobe scoring lots of points doesn't result in wins.
Wasn't there a preseason discussion about "concerns" going in to the season and one of them raised was whether Kobe could truly play within the team concept, and not feel like he has to go hero ball whenever the team struggles? And I was told this was NOT considered a concern for this year. Yet, he's essentially done it 11 out of what, 21 games? I've said from the beginning. When the team struggles, that is NOT the time to abandon the team concept. That is the time to FORCE FEED the team concept even more. If Kobe can truly get his any time he wants, then he should push that team concept, get some guys going, and then get his at the end to close out games.
To me, it's not necessarily that he is putting up 30+ points, it's how he often gets to those 30 points that is my issue.