Kobe is supposed to be the leader of this team, so he should set the example.
He loudly bellowed "this is my team" during preseason, then dammit act like it instead of acting like a diva.
If you're going to be the leader, be the leader by taking responsibility on the defensive end. I know Kobe's defense has been inconsistent since 2004 but this year it's been downright atrocious. He doesn't guard his man off ball and instead stands in no mans land trying to get steals while his man torches him. He blows defensive assignments all the time then screams at this teammates when he's the one that screwed up. And worst of all, he fails to get back on D and instead barks at the refs.
Kobe absolutely deserves to be called out, and I'd be thrilled if Dwight called him out publicly as well, since he's expected to cover for everyone else's mistakes defensively. Our bad defense begins and ends with Kobe. If Kobe sets the tone by playing proper defense, the team will follow him. What's the motivation for the role players to play all out when Kobe refuses to do so? Do the right thing Kobe and be the leader you screamed loudly that you are.
RIP Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013