good points chronz.
Coach D hate to separate Kobe and Dwight from getting into a fist fight!
they're trolling hard, so is the media.
The lakers pieces just don't fit well together. They need a couple young players and a 3pt specialist.
Somewhat agree but hes come a long way since then.His inability to put aside his ego and sacrifice in 03 and 04 were a big part of why those Laker teams failed in terms of chemistry and performance when it mattered.
His ego and personality has changed and developed over the years.
He is also not physically the same player he was earlier in his career or capable of the same things.
Or do you think its in the best interest of the Lakers long term future if they sacrifice all chances of winning in hopes that Dwight/Pau eventually return to form?
You lost me at " kobe has sacrificed".
He has sacrifized JACK in his career.
When he was young he was FORCED to sacrifice ( HIS NUMBERS) because Shaq was the Man, and btw the whole thing went to hell when whe no longer felt like doing it.
Worht mentionin that in 03 and 04 when he stopped sacrificing his numbers the thing went to HELL and the ring winning stopped
He shoots whenever he wants.
He has to be the top scorer of the team EVERY GAME, whenver a temamte is outscoring him in the first half he shoots like crazy the second half.
Whenever he is near to a milestone he shoots like crazy.
He takes all the shots in close games in the fourth quarters ( o yeah im impressed a lot with his unselfishness when he starts the game playing team game but in the 4th quarter he starts jacking up shots when triple teamed).
TO hell with the blinders.
Back in 2012 I thought Kobe was being way too ball dominant and selfish offensively in the regular season and not allowing Gasol and Bynum to carry enough of the offensive load.Or do you think its in the best interest of the Lakers long term future if they sacrifice all chances of winning in hopes that Dwight/Pau eventually return to form?
I predicted they would fail that year due to Kobe carrying too large a load.
In the playoffs Kobe played even more selfishly and of course they failed as I predicted.
In that case I felt forcing Bynum/Pau to carry a bigger load (even if they didn't produce with it) was their only chance to contend.
I feel they may have the same issues this year (although I am not 100% sure).
If Kobe doesn't get his other offensive players playing more effectively they will fail again no matter how well he plays individually.
Interesting thing is that Nash was interviewed the other night after the clipper game and he said that (when) the other guys werent making shots, he always goes to the most efficient option (in his opinion?) which is dump the rock to kobe and let him go to work.
That is pro-Kobe propoganda spit by the man himself.
He never sacrificed even in those years.
In the 01-02 playoffs he averaged 22.5 FGA.
In the 08-10 playoffs he averaged 22.5 FGA.
Yes in 00 he averaged only 18 FGA but that was already more then he could handle.
You don't want to give a 50%TS player inefficient offensive player more touches.
Unless your saying hes become an entirely new form of cancer we haven't seen from him in a very long time. I dont buy that, this team may be underachieving but it is more talented in terms of name value than actual talent.
Maybe-maybe not, I think Phil has hinted at this but I truly believe maximizing Bynum's post touches came at the expense of Pau's game. It may have been necessary given Pau's gradual decline but that had very little to with Kobe, the Lakers were one of the better post up teams in the league, hard to say the bigs werent utilized, its very hard to force feed 1 big, much less 2.Back in 2012 I thought Kobe was being way too ball dominant and selfish offensively in the regular season and not allowing Gasol and Bynum to carry enough of the offensive load.
I would argue Bynum was over-utilized but the lockout and his injury this year have clouded my perspective on that.
I think the bigs should show something before getting it but I see what you mean. Kind of wish Kobe sat some games so we could see how the Lakers operate for a larger sample of work without him. Because thus far I think the Lakers would be far worse if Kobe did less.In that case I felt forcing Bynum/Pau to carry a bigger load (even if they didn't produce with it) was their only chance to contend.