KB24 wrote:It seems to me people don't bother to read properly anymore. Nobody said defenders cheat on Kobe or that Kobe is better getting the ball behind the 3 point line. Please read and then think what probably was the intention before commenting.
My point is the following...we don't have efficient wing shooters and Kobe cannot compensate that for us right now like he could in 5 years ago. Anyone with with an ounce of brain knows that closer to the basket is more efficient, its a basketball rule. I'm not saying move Kobe away but that we cannot capitalize on it without the right shooters.
The Lakers like any other team in the NBA are most efficient when they can break down the defense (again common sense).For that to happen we need to create open lanes for ball handling guards like Kobe or Nash to get inside and then make a decision (finish, pass to big, kick out). We in particular fail at this vs. Miami because they trap the ball handler, front the bigs and do not let ball handlers make efficient entry passes and effectively combat the game plan to get the ball inside to the bigs.
If Kobe would be hitting his 3s, the Lakers could swing the ball and go to the weakside but we cannot because it doesn't work either way. We end up with Kobe in his sweet spot without enough ball movement to let him actually take advantage of it so he ends up shooting tough shots. On the other hand we cannot swing the ball to the other side. The problem isn't that they can't get a shot off, the problem is it isn't going in and it creates the Lakers nemesis...transitions.
The Lakers are 3rd in 3 point attempts and 18th in shooting percentage and the type of offense that we need to run, the coach wants to run requires efficient shooting on the wing. period.
Also this makes only sense of you know that the lack of 3 point shooting causes the Lakers to be 28th in the league in 2 point shooting with only Houston and the Knicks behind us because we aren't getting quality shots closer to the basket while being horrid collectively from outside.
With players like Kobe, Gasol, Howard and Nash its unacceptable to be 28th in 2 point shooting.
Ron and Kobe are major problems with their lack of spacing.
We say, how is that possible with Kobe? When is Kobe ever left alone and wide open, wherever he is. If Kobe isn't left alone, how can he be a cause of spacing issues?
Spacing = your defender don't give a rat's behind about what you do on offense. They cheat off you to clog the middle.
Since when has that EVER EVER EVER EVER happened to Kobe? Probably his rookie year.....