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I completely agree! While Kobe is a phenomenal player. His leadership skills or lack thereof is boaderline at best. We always knew he was a scorer first. But there was a time when he wanted to lock up the guy in front of him. Now, that dude seems to have abandoned defense altogether.
Ive said it before & I'll say it again. Someone on the team or in the organization NEEDS to stand up to Kobe/call him out. Someone besides Magic Johnson. Kobe is fully aware of his pedigree & his accomplishments through out his career & that plays a huge part in our current issues while also presenting an even bigger problem as long as he continues to be unchallenged.
Mentally, he is straight bullying everyone else & they're scared to go back at him as a result. I cant believe I'm about to say the following, but here goes: Kobe is to be blame more for the defense. Why? Because it was no secret that Dantoni could give 2cents about defending. Kobe as the "leader" of the team should then allow Dantoni & Nash to handle the offense while he along with Howard emphasize the defense.
Scoring WILL NOT be a problem & Kobe has more than enough sense to understand as much. I'm honestly starting to wonder what's more important to the Mamba. Scoring/Offense records or that 6th ring?!!? There's time to get things right. But Kobe needs to put the ball down & focus on his & the team's defense.
Lol...developmentally disabled. I like that. But yes, this forum is indeed full of phucktards!Originally Posted by GailGoodrich:25062775
I'm going to disagree and say that it's the offense that's largely the problem, even more than the defense.
The problem is they just run through possessions, and then boom on to the next one. Like the Dantoni thing is just "shoot if youre open, if you miss, shoot again next time." Same thing on defense, if the other guy is open that's it, just let him have the shot, then you take the shot next time down the court.
So there's no intensity on offense. KOBE is maybe the one player with a ton of intensity on offense, but even so it gets watered down in this new offense. They used to work and pass and position and work for a solid open shot, either Kobe to the hoop or something in the post. Now it's almost like they get open too fast, except they are several feet farther out. So, instead of a 20 second possession with intensity, then a shot, then battle for the rebound, then battle on defense, it just feels like pass, pass "whoop, guy is open" and take a quick shot, and then "ok onto the next possession" like just keep jacking shots and our superior offense will win out over the long run. But they just keep losing, no end in sight.
A. other teams are getting better shots. Better spacing, more open.
B. Other teams shooters are more accurate and shooting better percentage. The Laker players just aren't shooting good percentages. Kobe's skills are wasted because you're not using him to penetrate and create his own shots, drawing the defense so the guys underneath get free. Kobe's just jump shooting 3s, which makes him not much more productive or effective than a spot up shooter. Kobe's big advantage of being able to take apart defenders and defenses is wasted.
C. Lakers mindset seems to just "release" with every shot or possession. Like they are not playing for the close edges, it feels like they think they're playing a numbers game or something. As if the coaches have told them "look, it doesn't matter. If you shoot 10 shots more than they do, and don't send them to the line more than 20 times, then we will win." I think that's a big part of it, they're being told not to foul. Coaches are looking at total shot attempts and free throws, and figuring if they shoot X% they will win. But it is like a total fail, they are getting out defensed and out shot.