Before I get into Andre Miller blowing by Kobe on multiple occasions, which by the way is not a surprise if you've been watching the games this year, Kobe has played probably some of the worst defense I can remember. Kobe Bryant has to be one of the most overrated defenders of all time so It's not a total shock.
When I say overrated you have to look at how many All-NBA first team's and 2nd teams he's been selected to. 12 All-NBA defensive selections in total!! It's absurd. Don't get me wrong he played well early in his career but the last 4-5 years he's been dreadful defensively. This season he's reached a new low.
Ignore the stats for a second and I challenge you to pay attention to Kobe only on the defensive end. What you will see, besides him guarding the other teams worst player, is playing off his man at least 4-5 feet. Getting buried under screens. Every time the other team sets a screen on Kobe he's finished on that play. Because he never fights through the screen, the majority of the time he goes under all the screens even against shooters. He always switches on screens. For example if he's guarding Wade and Chalmers comes over to set a pick he'll actually force poor Steve Nash on an island against Wade and then he'll pick up Chalmers. It's ridiculous! All he does is roam on defense, hoping to get a pass go his way so he can intercept it. In the game against Portland he leaves Wesley Matthews and Batum wide open for 3's, go watch that game and look at how much separation Kobe is giving them.
Against Denver, he let 36 year old Andre Miller, blow by him at least twice for easy layups. He left Andre Iguodala open in the corner and he nailed a 3. He tried guarding Ty Lawson only to pick up a personal foul and then gave him to Nash.
It's bad enough that the Lakers have Nash getting isolated, but to have both Kobe and Nash as complete liabilities on the defensive end is simply a recipe for disaster.
Anyways I want to know does anyone else notice this? I'm not hating I'm just telling the truth, he's been non-existent on defense and as a leader of that team he sets no tone defensively and that rubs off on the other players.