dwighthowardsdad wrote:He had a wonderful game. Unfortunately, this is a tough stretch for fans let alone Kobe; who wants to win more then Kobe? Nobody. He's a rare breed. Nevertheless, it has been a difficult season for him; you can discern from his remarks that he's completely dissappointed and mystified.
These problems become excerbated when you have the talent on the roster that we have but yet you see no effort on the defensive end, you see the constantly missed rotations, no energy, uninspired basketball. That's what frustrates him. Although, he's not innocent in all of that; he's contributed to some of those complications.
However, in Kobe's mind, he knows he only has 2-3 elite level years left to play at this level and to win another championship or 2. He doesn't have the time to be wasting trying to figure things out at this point in his career. He wants to win now. I do feel in time things will get sorted out and we can go back to dominating the competition...
Bryant scored 42 points on 28 shots, but turned the ball over five times and left his man, C.J. Miles, repeatedly open in transition.
By the same token, Kobe's penchant for taking over games hasn't exactly helped the Lakers. They're 1-10 when Bryant tops the 30-point plateau.
Not that his scoring is necessarily to blame in and of itself. Rather, one could argue that Kobe's domination of the ball leaves his teammates disinterested and disengaged from the game at hand. Which, inevitably, starts up the same "Chicken vs. Egg" argument that pro- and anti-Kobe crowds get into in times like this. That's to say, is Kobe doing so much because his teammates are terrible? Or are Kobe's teammates underperforming because he's doing too much?
CarolinaLakerFan wrote:I think it's time for Kobe to go to small forward, and send MWP to the bench as a 6th man. We're not playing defense anyway. At least we can put pressure on the opposing team's defense.
Ariza3 wrote:We've lost 7 out of the last 10 games. Kobe has to get his team going and be a leader on both ends. He sets an example by scoring a lot but not on D. I think he needs to say something bc the last time he did to the team they won i believe. Dantoni is just laughing and smiling after the game and doesn't seem to do much on the bench to get his guys going in a game.
Its about effort and Kobe may be giving it on O but not on D as it the rest of the team. He's the captain without his co-captain out there with him as well as without probably the guy he trusts the most, Nash. He's gotta be the leader the team needs and get them going. Its now or never i feel like. And the Knicks is a good top team to get the guys pumped for and want to win against. If they win that would be a huge confidence booster and they could ride that until Nash is back and Gasol.
Big game, and not just bc its the Knicks...bc we NEEEED a win or im not sure how the team will be after thrusday
huge possession and Melo didn't even touch the ball. you trust your teammates early and throughout the game and they are involved and build confidence to make shots down the stretch.
Ariza3 wrote:Also while Kobe is facilitating there can be possessions just for him. Kobe is shooting more jump shots it seems this season and is probably shooting them at a higher percentage. Under Brown last season Mike made him play more off ball and had multiple screens set for him which led to someone passing it to him for a wide open jumper. Kobe should facilitate but if hes gunna score it should be off something like that so that others touch the ball and everyone is focused on kobe off ball it could open things up for others especially since duhon is actually a decent passer.
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