JoelMyersScrotalSack wrote:It also took Kobe out of his comfort zone and since he's the only guy on our team still playing at an elite level it was hurting us. He complained about it after the Heat game in LA where he was just standing around the perimeter waiting to get the ball meanwhile Nash was getting absolutely destroyed by the Heat's traps.
It was the right move to switch it up.
Nash's age and injury caught up with him this season. Right now he's playing a role off of Kobe and that's the right role for him. Especially with the pieces we have.
One thought though: IMO it would result in our benefit if Kobe wasn't initiating EVERY offensive sequence in the 4th quarter.
Lately, probably fueled by how well he's been playing, we've seen Kobe bring the ball up himself and either play screen & roll or ISO, sometimes scoring himself, sometimes creating for others.
I don't mind the idea of Kobe taking most of the shots in crunch time, but I do have a problem with how we've been going about it lately. Luckily he's been on this amazing run and we've won the games, but IMO having Kobe dribble penetrate from 30 feet out against athletic wing defenders, at this age, with his mileage and accumulated fatigue, that's just dumb. We become very predictable and rely on Kobe being masterful and our shooters coming up big if the ball hits them. That's too much pressure to put on one
guy on the team. It's worked so far, but I'm not sure how it's gonna work against better teams or in the playoffs.
I think we should let Nash initiate the offense sometimes in the 4th, have Kobe play off the ball a little more, not like he was in the Heat game just standing on a spot waiting to catch-and-shoot, but running through screens, posting up, using him as the screener with Nash (worked VERY well against Chicago in the 3rd quarter I think it was), etc.
I think that would make us less predictable, it would be less pressure on Kobe, it would possibly give Nash a couple more looks for himself (he didn't take one
shot late against NO and took maybe one or two in the entire 4th - overtime against Toronto), which he'd certainly take advantage of. Kobe doesn't have to have the ball for 20 seconds, you can get it to him in his sweet spots and avoid him having to work extra hard for everything. He can still take most of the shots, and he's probably gonna make them. He can put a lot of pressure on the D just by playing off the ball, he doesn't even have to get it sometimes, he can be a very effective decoy.
That's my opinion. I agreed with Kobe taking some of the playmaking responsabilities from Nash, but I don't think he should have to do it ALL the time, or on EVERY crunch-time possession.. Mix it up.