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D’Antoni Will Continue to Have Bryant Guard Primary Scorers

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles LakersAt the age of 34, Kobe Bryant is leading the league in scoring, is averaging 38 minutes per game, and now his coach wants him to defend the opponents’ best scorers on a nightly basis.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is doing whatever it takes to help this team on the defensive end, even if it means wearing down his superstar player. Although Bryant is capable of locking down scorers, at this stage of his career, his stamina is not as high as it was before.

However, D’Antoni told Sports Illustrated that he wants Bryant to defend the primary scorer for the rest of the season.

When asked how many more games Bryant will guard primary scorers, D’Antoni said, “43. Unless he dies first.”

The Lakers have struggled mightily on the defensive end this season, and they need to fix their problems on that end of the court if they want to make the next step. At this point, the Lakers are out of the playoff picture and they have to start winning key games now or else they can will end up watching the post-season from home.

Los Angeles averages 103 points per game, and that is no surprise with D’Antoni running the sidelines. However, the team gives up 101 points per game, something that cannot exist for a team that is striving for a championship.

The Lakers certainly have the personnel to win a title, but at this point they are not looking like a team that can even win a game in the playoffs.

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  • lakers_824

    Dantoni needs to be more like pop, he needs to know when to rest him players. WTF he said he gonn make kobe play D for the rest of the year on primary scorers are u seriious the man is 34 years old, nash needs to be able to defend his own position and not make kobe do all the work.

    • hookedonnews

      Pop has a better bench than D’Antoni. Nash is 38 and is not going to be asked to guard opposing PGs most of the time. There’s no reason Kobe can’t guard the PGs when necessary. If he would stop shooting 40 times a game, maybe he would have more energy on defense.

      • lakers_824

        so u want kobe to gaurd the best sg and then have to gaurd the best pg that means he has no games easy for him and u talking bout kobe having to shoot 40 shots maybe if some1 helps him then he can stop but if no one can score what can he do??

        • hookedonnews

          Kobe doesn’t have to shoot 40 times. Nash, Howard, Gasol, and MWP are all capable of scoring points. The problem is that Kobe expects to get the ball all the time, and when he gets it he shoots. If he will make it clear that he doesn’t always have to be the primary scorer, you will see everyone else shooting and scoring more. Especially when he is on the floor with the second team everyone seems to defer to him. The longer they play together, the better the offense will be. They are still getting used to playing together in D’Antoni’s system. Once Nash/Howard and Nash/Gasol are clicking, you are going to see plenty of scoring and easy open shots for Kobe.

          • http://www.facebook.com/woodie.perry Woodie Perry

            you do realize a antoni system is get the ball shoot the ball. 7 second offense

          • hookedonnews

            They are not playing a 7 second offense, and you are supposed to shoot if you have an open shot and a teammate is not in a better position to shoot. He is trying to create his own shot most of the time which is not a staple of D’Antoni’s offense. Ball movement is the key, and once it gets in his hands it’s usually not moving anywhere but toward the basket.

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