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Is Lakers’ Success Dependent On Kobe’s Newfound Passing Role? Reviewed by Momizat on . Final Thought The bottom line here is that it's not necessarily a numbers thing when it comes to Kobe Bryant and his assists totals. What does matter is that Ko Final Thought The bottom line here is that it's not necessarily a numbers thing when it comes to Kobe Bryant and his assists totals. What does matter is that Ko Rating:
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Is Lakers’ Success Dependent On Kobe’s Newfound Passing Role?

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The bottom line here is that it’s not necessarily a numbers thing when it comes to Kobe Bryant and his assists totals.

What does matter is that Kobe doesn’t relegate himself to being just a scorer, and Nash doesn’t relegate himself dwight nashto being just a passer. The two are also exceptional at what each other does best; Kobe is a great passer when he wants to be, and Nash is a great scorer when he wants to be.

Similarly, the rest of the team must fall in line with that mentality as well. While Pau Gasol is a great passer, he’s also a great scorer, and he used both skills in Sunday’s game against the Thunder. However, he can also be a great rebounder when he wants to, so although Dwight Howard is the best rebounder in the game, perhaps Gasol shouldn’t leave all of it up to him.

As for Dwight Howard, while he’s a great defender and rebounder, he can also be a dominating presence offensively. He and the Lakers need to realize that, and try to maximize all of his skills as well.

Basically, the moral of the story for the whole team maybe shouldn’t be “Know your roles and do them well: Kobe, shoot; Steve, pass; Pau, post up; Dwight, rebound and play defense; Metta, play defense and take open shots,” but rather “Know what you’re best at, do it well, but don’t forget about all of your other strengths: Kobe, you’re also a great passer and can get guys the ball in ways nobody else on this team can. Steve, you’re a great shooter and can score well in the lane too. Pau, go after more rebounds and blocked shots, you’re a great position defender! Dwight, use your athleticism to do other things such as guarding power forwards or even small forwards in certain situations and find other ways to score. Metta, you can be a solid passer, too, etc.”

The team goes as Kobe Bryant goes, so when he tries to set the table for his teammates and shares the ball, it undoubtedly elevates the collective level of play offensively and defensively.

It shouldn’t necessarily be a goal for him to average a certain amount of assists, but it should be a goal of his to utilize all of his offensive skills–not just shooting and scoring–in an effort to help his teammates succeed and win games.

Essentially, because he’s the leader of the team, the Lakers are an extension of the Black Mamba, and in the past two games, he’s been orchestrating his team to perfection.

If he can continue to orchestrate it the way he has been, the sky is the limit for the Lakers.

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  • Dr. Rasheed

    Answer is Yes. But the question is how can this be a new-found Kobe’s role?

    We have seen it before and we know what he is capable of. However it is him that doesn’t realize and then go into his mode while rest of the teammates suffer. What did we see, Kobe’s number rising while Lakers loss rising. When he passes the ball they are winning. IT IS A NO BRAINER!

    Is this going to continue? Depends on Kobe’s nature. Often when Lakers play with big teams Kobe plays like a team player. But once that is over, he comes back to his usual mode. I think Kobe is afraid of getting highlighted as a bad guy in the big games. So he tries to play team game. Once the radar is off, he goes into his MVP mode. One man team.

    Even if Kobe passes the ball, we don’t know how long this will last with Mike D’Antoni System. There are multifunctional issues with Lakers. One major issue is Kobe Vs Dwight. They didn’t click. Dwight is not dominating (injuries).
    One solution I see is Nash/Pau will be good combination. Both are good passers and can take a shot when needed. If they have ball in their hand more then Kobe, then only this team will have success.

    I like Kobe but this is a team game. I am getting old/tired of saying this, Kobe needs to start involving players by giving them enough opportunities and some sacrifice on attempts. He can’t wait till playoff’s an expect them to gel while he gets his MVP. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

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