EvenSteven, on 05 January 2012 - 04:52 PM, said:
I am not criticizing Kobe for taking too many shots. I am still one of the believers that he is still número UNO on the Lakers. I am criticizing Kobe for being more selfish than he has ever been. Taking 28 shots on a miserable shooting night and being a reckless ball hog turning the ball over time and time again are not the traits of a winner. The Lakers are 4-3 but if Kobe had a tad of sensibility, they would be 6-1. At 33 and slowing down a little, Kobe does not need to dominate the ball, especially with a strong inside presence such as Bynum and Gasol. But yet he still does.
Nobody in the NBA is more aware of personal stats like Kobe. Even on a good night against the Rockets where he had 37, yet he was calling out for the ball every single time down court so he could get his 40, where as the Lakers bench was calling and pleading to get Bynum the ball to get another bucket so he could achieve his first ever 20-20. Bynum eventually had to cherry pick to get his bucket because he wasn't getting the ball otherwise.
No one questions Kobe's greatness and his tremendous legacy, but if I had to do a Wikipedia definition on the word selfish, I would be damn sure to have Kobe's picture pasted along side the wording.
+1 Totally agree
Nanizm, on 05 January 2012 - 03:03 PM, said:
So even if Kobe is having a bad shooting night, his aggression helps the team overall because it creates space and opportunity.
Come on Naz, are you kidding me with that comment? We all know that when Kobe has a bad shooting night, what does he continue to do? He continues to hog the ball and in turn, the rest of the team starts to stand around and watch the Kobe show. How in the name of all that is basketball does that help the team overall? When he plays well, it's a different story because the rest of the team feels the energy and it hypes them up. However, on days when he plays bad and refuses to pass the ball even when his shots won't go in, the players don't feel that energy. What they feel is frustration because they all know he's having a bad night and instead of playing teamwork, he's worried about looking bad and they can't really say much because he's Kobe Bryant, the superstar. Can you imagine what his teammates must be thinking if we could read their minds when Kobe's at full force missing shots and won't pass the ball?
Bottom line, Kobe, as a veteran basketball player that's been in the league for many years, should
already, by now, recognize what he's doing wrong when he plays this way and should have already learned to be mature about it and pass the damn ball when he knows he's having a bad day. I mean seriously, how hard is it to pass the ball a little more when you're having a bad shooting night, you're trapped with nowhere to go and several of your teammates are wide open? "Pass The Ball already!"