Texas Lakers Fan wrote: bruddahmanmatt wrote: Texas Lakers Fan wrote:
bruddahmanmatt wrote:No offense but these days, the only thing scary about Kobe defensively is how horribad he is at that end of the floor.
Did you watch the Olympics at all? Kobe was a monster on that end. Now he doesn't go all out like World Peace every game because he simply can't do it anymore without getting gassed and having nothing left for the offensive end. To say he's horribad is just ridiculous. Kobe is still an above average defender.
Bruh, he averaged 17.5 minutes per game in London where hand checking is allowed...while playing alongside guys with ridonkulous athleticism out on the perimeter...oh yeah, and to top it all off, the man had Tyson Chandler behind him protecting the rim.
Kobe is capable of having a solid defensive performance or two here and there, but these days he's almost always pretty much awful at that end of the floor. The fact that he was named to the All-D team last year while Iguodala wasn't shows how blind the folks who voted are. FWIW, it's not Bryant's fault, the man is simply 33 going on 34.
So it's Kobe's fault he playing with great defenders on Team USA? C'mon now.
Is that what I said...because I'm pretty sure that's not what I said.
Texas Lakers Fan wrote:Bottomline is Kobe played GREAT defense for his team which was a huge reason they won the Gold Medal again.
Bottom line is that Kobe played great TEAM defense and decent enough man defense alongside a slew of athletes who helped to mask Bryant's physical deficiencies at the defense end, not to mention Bryant only spent about half as much time on the court per game versus his regular PT in the NBA. In other words...he had help in ways that won't be available to him during the NBA season.
Texas Lakers Fan wrote:Last year in the NBA for the Lakers Kobe had so much responsibility offensively. He had to be the faciltator, was the only perimeter player that could create his own shot, and was the only true/legit closer on the team. Keep in mind this is a guy who's 33 years old and has played in the NBA since he was 17 years old. That's a ton of resoonsibility so to expect him to be able to conistently play lockdown defense is just unrealistic. He may of not deserved to be an All NBA defender, but he wasn't the only one. He's not a great defender on a consistent basis, but he's showm he can be when he puts his mind to it. Overall he's a decent defender. Far from awful. Awful would be Derek Fisher, Ramon Sessions, or Steve Blake.
You're making my case for me here and saying a lot of the same things I've already said. Again, Bryant is capable of having a great defensive showing every now and again, but for the most part, dude is gambling for steals instead of staying with his man, and while having Dwight behind him will help to take some of the pressure off, that doesn't make Kobe any better defensively, it just means that he has better help, help that will mask his deficiencies at the defensive end.
FWIW, you're splitting hairs when it comes to the term "awful". If we're being honest, Bryant's D for the most part is mediocre to piss poor while guys like Fish and Ramon are just plain atrocious. That said regardless of how you spell it out, awful is awful. Like I said before, it's not Kobe's fault, the man is simply 33 going on 34.