lakerzkb8 wrote:Kit wrote:IMO Team US can win w/o Kobe anyway.
I actually agree. I can't believe some of these obnoxious posts by people who can't fathom the thought that USA is capable of winning without Kobe. Kobe definantly puts them over the top but to think that he's the sole reason they won the Gold and without him they would have done silver at best is pretty ridiculous. This team is stacked and way different from that 04 roster.
Take the Spain game for example. Kobe was a no show until the 4th quarter. Who gave the USA that lead to begin with? Dwade, Chris Paul, and Co. Kobe definantly made some clutch plays/shots, but hey other guys like Dwade ( that 3 point backbreaker, and 27 points throughout the contest to give USA a lead) WERE stepping up as well. It wasn't the Kobe show last night, it was TEAM USA playing well as a team.
Also, if you want to take a look at it on the flipside you can make the same argument for Lebron and Wade, and if they hadn't have been on the roster USA wouldn't have won Gold. They defiantly were more consistent and Wade's defense was just as good as Kobe's these last few games if not better.
Kobe defiantly is DA man, but so is everybody else on that roster. Don't discredit those other guys who stepped up just as much as he did during this Olympic run.
By the way, welcome to CL. I'll take a new poster who's willing to speak his mind and get into a debate over posters who abuse emotions, or band wagoners who log in to agree with what everyone else is saying.
They COULD win without him, but last night proved why many people don't think they could. Most people aren't discrediting what the entire team has done, but saying "this team could win without Kobe" is discrediting what he has brought to the team, and you're kinda contradicting yourself.