Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Willing To Change Game Upon Return Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="58"] Kobe Bryant is 35-years old and still working his way back from an Achilles tear. It is still unclear as to how effective Bryant will [new_royalslider id="58"] Kobe Bryant is 35-years old and still working his way back from an Achilles tear. It is still unclear as to how effective Bryant will Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Willing To Change Game Upon Return

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Kobe Bryant is 35-years old and still working his way back from an Achilles tear. It is still unclear as to how effective Bryant will be once he returns and how much of an impact the injury had on his explosiveness.

Kobe is not the player he was during the early stages of his career, and just like every player this league has seen, Kobe is showing signs of aging. That’s not to say that Bryant is no longer an elite player, but there were just certain things 27-year-old Bryant could do that the current one can’t.

Bryant told Howard Beck that he is willing to change his game as he approaches the latter end of his career. Bryant is ready to adapt to a a different style of play as long as it maximizes his potential and helps the Lakers win games.

“There’s different ways I can go,” Bryant said. “Obviously, the easier of the two would be if I could have the same type of explosiveness that I had last year. It makes my game very easy. But if it’s not there, I’m ready to adapt.”

Luckily, Bryant already has a very good mid-range game and that will come in handy upon his return. Legends always find ways to be effective on the court, and as they begin to age they adapt to a different, more comfortable style of play.

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  • Gregory Choa

    This is all music to my ears, except it all obviously remains to be seen. The good news is that Kobe is smart enough to understand and appreciate the renewed depth and athleticism on this roster, and the extent to which it should allow him the opportunity to adapt his game, which I believe he will have to.

    Upon his return, I’d like to see Kobe facilitating more, posting up more, and focusing on defense more. If MDA sticks with Meeks in the starting lineup, I can see Kobe playing something akin to the “point forward” for this team. That said, I think D’Antoni will be hard pressed to take Wesley Johnson out of the starting unit because I think he’s the “glue guy” – not entirely dissimilar to the role Trevor Ariza played with the starters in the ’09 season – and Kobe could benefit more from playing alongside Wes than he could with Meeks…it’ll be really interesting to see how that shakes out.

    • hookedonnews

      I disagree. I don’t think Kobe should be facilitating–by that I mean taking over the point. That would disrupt the team chemistry. Likewise, D’Antoni’s system is not really geared for a lot of posting up. Of course, he could do some of that, but it shouldn’t be the majority of his game. The key to MDA’s system is ball movement. You don’t want the other 4 guys standing around watching Kobe the majority of the time. I think Kobe will fit right into the system and play a role similar to Nick Young. Of course, he’s much better and will be a more prolific scorer. Yes, Kobe should pass if he’s not open, but there’s no reason to put him at the point, especially when he’s coming back from injury. That position takes a lot more energy than playing on the wing and taking open shots. I agree that Wesley Johnson should stay in the starting lineup, but I guess we’ll see how it all shakes out. It’s nice to have so many guys that can play.

      • Joseph Apohen

        Facilitating is not needed at this tme. We have to pgs that are doing a great job. I look for Kobe to be the 2 guard with Meeks providing more fire power with the second unit. Hopefully ball movement continues with no one just standing around to watch Kobe and depend on him what otherwise the other players should be doing.

        • hookedonnews

          I agree. Kobe will probably be the 2 guard as long as Nash is out. Meeks has been a surprise. He played so poorly in preseason. He has really stepped it up since the regular season started.

  • Daryl Peek

    Kobe will be fine either way. We’ve seen the drop off in lesser athletic explosiveness already. 10-11 and 11-12 were the examples. Kobe started the German knee treatments those years and his accuracy from the field fell off a bit, as a byproduct of less explosiveness but nothing too drastic. He still managed to keep up his 25 points a game career average, rebounds and assist numbers while not going ball hog crazy as most haters like to peg him on.

    In 11-12 his shots per game spiked up only about 3 per game over his norm and that was due to a coaching change, the loss of LO, and failed trade of Pau in the midst of changes turmoil, IMO. Mike Brown leaned heavily on Kobe due to change and unfamiliarity that season, team chemistry and cohesion have been a struggle the whole time since the end of the triangle era. MDA is starting to settle that front with these new Lakers it seems. Kobe’s a chameleon, he’ll fit in any system, meanwhile adaptation has been the constant of his entire career if you’ve been paying attention over the years. The Mamba’s got this, can’t wait to see the comeback!!!


    • Joseph Apohen

      This team, the players believe in themselves and they have a lot of confidence. Where Kobe is needed most I believe is at the closing time of tight games where an experience player will stabilize the team and no better closer in the game than the Black Mamba.

      • Daryl Peek

        Agreed, and let me add Kobe will provide that boost the team needs when there are offensive lows throughout the game. This league is still run by Alpha Dawg star power and Kobe is still that for this team.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Good point.

        • f

          run by alpha dawg star power eh? it can be…

          the pacers are 16-1 and their strength is team defense. paul george is the primary scorer not like he is putting up huge offensive numbers though …..

          • Daryl Peek

            Not putting up big numbers?!? George the the 5th highest scorer in the NBA so far. The Heat are still the favs because of Lebron, period. Star Power.

          • fff

            george is tied at 5th in ppg. and if you include assists in point production which you probably should he drops at least 5 spots.
            so you’ve got the current 10th guy in point production on the current number one team.

            star power does get help from the refs. but it’s not like all sports commisioners are like david stern who has often been cited when refs have shown lousy judgement. there could be a rule where players get a certain number of challenges to a ref call which goes down in number if the challenging team is wrong. home court can help with swaying the refs, which the pacers would currently have.

            obviously a game can be won in many ways. historically though defense doesn’t get as much attention as offense so players can be less inclined to do it. also shows up less on your stat sheet, ex. you play great defense and your teamate gets a defensive rebound as a result.

          • Daryl Peek

            Let me simplify this for you. The emergence of Paul George as the Alpha on the Pacers coincides with their rise in the East. As George has gotten better so has everyone else on that roster. That’s the effect of Star Power.

            Kobe will do the same for the Lakers.

    • f

      kobe’s defense wasn’t elite last year, and could have quite possibly been part of his career low in defensive level. also had a career high in turnovers since 05.

      • Daryl Peek

        Kobe has not been an elite defender for a few years now. That’s why Metta and Ariza were charged with guarding the best offensive players. Kobe’s turnovers were problematic at times last season but that was much in part due to the awkwardness of trying to get Howard involved in the offense. Guess what team is the worst in turnovers this season? Houston.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I believe in Kobe,he is capable of adjusting his game.

  • Martin Susman

    I want Kobe to stay on the bench until the 4th quarter & come in as a closer.

    • hookedonnews

      Yeah, I can see Kobe agreeing to do that. LOL

    • Joseph Apohen

      There will be times before the fourth quarter when he will be needed.

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