bruddahmanmatt wrote:Texas Lakers Fan wrote:bruddahmanmatt wrote:nthydro wrote:Can you imagine running this lineup defensively:
PG = (Meeks?)
SG = Kobe
SF = Metta
PF = Martin
C = Howard
Offensively it wouldn't be too great but defensively that's pretty damn scary.
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. Bottomline is Kobe played GREAT defense for his team which was a huge reason they won the Gold Medal again.
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.