LeBron James Calls Kobe Bryant’s Struggle ‘A Personal Challenge’
Lebron James Calls Kobe Bryant’s Struggle ‘a Personal Challenge’
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

After the first three games of his 20th NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant is struggling, and it seems to be taking a toll on the 37-year-old veteran. Bryant is shooting a dismal 31.4 percent from the floor and 20.7 percent from beyond the arc with the superstar hitting a boiling point concerning his frustration level.

The missed shots are starting to pile up for Kobe with many speculating whether he may no longer be able to play at a high level in the NBA.

Superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was recently asked about Bryant’s struggles and believes it’s only another challenge for him to overcome, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

What I see is a challenge to himself,” James told me. “It has zero to do with his age. Zero. I think at one point in my career, in my 20s, I felt like I sucked. It’s all a personal challenge. I know him. He knows he don’t suck. C’mon man, it’s Kobe Bryant. But it’s a personal challenge to him. That’s all that is.”

Whether Kobe can break out of his current shooting slump remains to be seen. The five-time NBA champion has always been up for any challenge that has come his way during his career, but his advanced age and a long list of injuries over the years may have finally caught up with him.

Currently, Bryant is averaging a team-high 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 27.3 minutes on the floor.

Although Kobe has gotten off to a rough start, the Lakers are only three games into the 2015-16 NBA season with plenty of time for the superstar to turn things around. Los Angeles will host the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center on Tuesday night with Bryant more than likely motivated to bounce back.

May come down to

  1. Its shot selection…Kobe always had bad shot selection but he was skilled enough to put the ball in the hole…that skill has diminished…he needs to take better shots….put himself in position better.

    1. Catch and shoot isn’t the issue, it’s taking/forcing those tough shots/jumpers that seem more difficult today given he’s lost his youthful athleticism.

      1. This is not something that just happened this year. The first thing he should do is have his eyes checked. He’s at that age.

  2. Lebron is still on top while Kobe is slipping.
    Kobe hasnt lost it all hes just a little slower and cant jump as high as he used to.
    But like he said alittle while ago alot of guys played without athleticism.
    Larry bird and Magic Johnson along with many others.
    Steph Curry isnt exactly a high flyer nor is Dirk Nowtizki yet they still find ways to score or pass the basketball.
    Kobe just needs to find his spots and places to get buckets.
    If he can get close enough to the rim i know he can get lay ups all day or short turn around jumpers he can make most of them.

    1. The media now say’s that the ‘chef’ is the most dominant. I’d agree that Steph is the most offensively dominant player today, but Lebron’s all around game = being able to impact the game on both ends of the floor still places atop everyone. Kobe will be alright, he needs to play smarter.

      1. would you rather have curry or lebron if you could steal 1 player which 1?
        i think Julius Randle can turn into a Lebron kinda.
        he has that toughness size and strength and passing he looks kinda like Lebron doesnt he?

        1. Cool, but Steph’s impact isn’t felt much on the defensive end. Bron Bron literally carried the Cavs to the Finals. New year tho, enjoyed watching the chef stew the competition tho. His ball handles are #1 tho some have Irving over Curry.

        2. Both are great in their own right. Curry’s offense is his best defense. In Lebrons younger days it was similar. Now, Lebron has to adjust his game knowing that it takes a team to win championships. Golden State has a deep team. The role players know their parts. My observation was made in the 1st 4 games and not last year. I agree Lebron willed his team as far as he got them. He still up there but right now Curry is the best in the League. That can change.

        3. Until he shows that he can dominate on the defensive end, then Bron Bron’s still the guy but Steph still be the best offensively.

  • May come down to Kobe’s stubbornness. In the end 24 needs to play smarter but his approx. 15 FGA a game isn’t the issue. The main issue comes down to not adapting when having a bad shooting night which will likely lead to forced shots.

    Kobe should make the extra pass during those times to help set up plays for others or get them involved. No diss to 24, but his current play (forcing things at times) wouldn’t necessarily suit team USA’s play if he’s still interested in making the final roster next year. Lebron’s also lost a step (seems slower), father time’s taking the first few steps in his direction.

    1. Its shot selection…Kobe always had bad shot selection but he was skilled enough to put the ball in the hole…that skill has diminished…he needs to take better shots….put himself in position better.

      1. It’s taking/forcing those tough shots/jumpers that seem more difficult today given he’s lost his youthful athleticism.

        1. This is not something that just happened this year. The first thing he should do is have his eyes checked. He’s at that age.

    2. Lebron is still on top while Kobe is slipping.
      Kobe hasnt lost it all hes just a little slower and cant jump as high as he used to.
      But like he said alittle while ago alot of guys played without athleticism.
      Larry bird and Magic Johnson along with many others.
      Steph Curry isnt exactly a high flyer nor is Dirk Nowtizki yet they still find ways to score or pass the basketball.
      Kobe just needs to find his spots and places to get buckets.
      If he can get close enough to the rim i know he can get lay ups all day or short turn around jumpers he can make most of them.

      1. The media now say’s that the ‘chef’ is the most dominant. I’d agree that Steph is the most offensively dominant player today, but Lebron’s all around game = being able to impact the game on both ends of the floor still places atop everyone. Kobe will be alright, he needs to play smarter.

        1. would you rather have curry or lebron if you could steal 1 player which 1?
          i think Julius Randle can turn into a Lebron kinda.
          he has that toughness size and strength and passing he looks kinda like Lebron doesnt he?

          1. Cool, but Steph’s impact isn’t felt much on the defensive end. Bron Bron literally carried the Cavs to the Finals. New year tho, enjoyed watching the chef stew the competition tho. His ball handles are #1 tho some have Irving over Curry.

          2. Both are great in their own right. Curry’s offense is his best defense. In Lebrons younger days it was similar. Now, Lebron has to adjust his game knowing that it takes a team to win championships. Golden State has a deep team. The role players know their parts. My observation was made in the 1st 4 games and not last year. I agree Lebron willed his team as far as he got them. He still up there but right now Curry is the best in the League. That can change.

          3. Until he shows that he can dominate on the defensive end, then Bron Bron’s still the guy but Steph still be the best offensively.

  • If he was just missing shots, I would agree with Bron… But Kobe can’t even land on two feet after a simple jump shot. Injuries, age etc are maybe just catching up with him. It happens to everyone.

    1. If he keeps playing the way he has been, he will end up in re-hab again, but this time for good, for him and the LAKERS his best bet is to retire, in good health, he has done more good then most for the NBA.

        1. I would rather see him retired , instead of seeing him in a broken body and spirit. its past the time , he cant jump for any amount of times, he ran out of breath and did not come back on D some times, I am not making fun of him I just don’t think is going to be too long when he is back in rehab for the last time MOTHER NATURE HAS TAKIN OVER.

          1. Maybe. I think it’s too early to make that conclusion. Sure he’s not the wiry kid leaping out of the gym anymore, but don’t count out an old lion with the heart of a champion. He might find a way to squeeze out one more season of Mambaness. Let us see what the heart can do when the legs are weak

          2. Some people are just selfish, and when something happens you can sit back and just say ohhhhh that’s a shame oh well.

          3. even if he does go down i will support him and continue to cheer him on.
            I love Kobe.
            can you say the same?

          1. Kobe just gotts stop shooting so much threes and operate in the paint, i think he can be more effective

          2. yea your right meleke.
            if he shoots less 3s he will definately shoot a better pct.
            i wanna see him take more high pct shots like lay ups and short jumpers no more than 10-15 feet away from the basket.
            Kobe can still shine just on a different note than hes used to.
            He can still score 20 a game i know he can.

          3. Exactly, his footwork is excellent, and he has the bank shot, the fadeaway on both sides, and he can pump fake you to death. I also think he should get to the free throw line more often too

          4. pump fakes 30 feet away dont work as well as a pump fake right under the hoop.
            if the person dont jump you got an easy lay up.
            they have to respect a pump fake right by the basket not 25 feet away….you already know this!
            im not trying to teach you 😀

          5. thank you my bro.
            goodluck to the Lakers tonight games on!!!!!!!!!!
            YEAH!

        1. Fans don’t care, their not the ones that are going through with what he is, and you say he has to channel his inner PAUK PIERCE , YOUR quite the DOCTOR.

          1. Dont worry and even if he doesnt he will go out with his guns blazing….
            the only way he knows how to do it.
            i back him up 100 pct.
            GO KOBE!

          2. You and Meleke should get a room. It is just too weepy around here with you two sobbing in each other’s arms.

            What position would Kobe have to play for him to be able to just stand under the basket like you want? We still need wings that can stretch the floor. Young, Brown or Nance?

  • If he was just missing shots, I would agree with Bron… But Kobe can’t even land on two feet after a simple jump shot. Injuries, age etc are maybe just catching up with him. It happens to everyone.

    1. If he keeps playing the way he has been, he will end up in re-hab again, but this time for good, for him and the LAKERS his best bet is to retire, in good health, he has done more good then most for the NBA.

        1. I would rather see him retired , instead of seeing him in a broken body and spirit. its past the time , he cant jump for any amount of times, he ran out of breath and did not come back on D some times, I am not making fun of him I just don’t think is going to be too long when he is back in rehab for the last time MOTHER NATURE HAS TAKIN OVER.

          1. Maybe. I think it’s too early to make that conclusion. Sure he’s not the wirey kid leaping out of the gym anymore, but don’t count out an old lion with the heart of a champion. He might find a way to squeeze out one more season of Mambaness. Let us see what the heart can do when the legs are weak

          2. Some people are just selfish, and when something happens you can sit back and just say ohhhhh that’s a shame oh well.

          3. even if he does go down i will support him and continue to cheer him on.
            I love Kobe.
            can you say the same?

          1. Kobe just gotts stop shooting so much threes and operate in the paint, i think he can be more effective

          2. yea your right meleke.
            if he shoots less 3s he will definately shoot a better pct.
            i wanna see him take more high pct shots like lay ups and short jumpers no more than 10-15 feet away from the basket.
            Kobe can still shine just on a different note than hes used to.
            He can still score 20 a game i know he can.

          3. Exactly, his footwork is excellent, and he has the bank shot, the fadeaway on both sides, and he can pump fake you to death. I also think he should get to the free throw line more often too

          4. pump fakes 30 feet away dont work as well as a pump fake right under the hoop.
            if the person dont jump you got an easy lay up.
            they have to respect a pump fake right by the basket not 25 feet away….you already know this!
            im not trying to teach you 😀

          5. thank you my bro.
            goodluck to the Lakers tonight games on!!!!!!!!!!
            YEAH!

        1. Fans don’t care, their not the ones that are going through with what he is, and you say he has to channel his inner PAUL PIERCE , YOUR quite the DOCTOR. Listen to this ( fan ) KOBE he does not care what happens.

          1. Dont worry and even if he doesnt he will go out with his guns blazing….
            the only way he knows how to do it.
            i back him up 100 pct.
            GO KOBE!

          2. You and Meleke should get a room. It is just too weepy around here with you two sobbing in each other’s arms.

            What position would Kobe have to play for him to be able to just stand under the basket like you want? We still need wings that can stretch the floor. Young, Brown or Nance?

    1. Why does every one use the word sucks , in a way he is hurt, but is not willing to give up he’s life as it was, he is PROUD and us a LAKERS fans should be happy for the time he gave us, I think instead of sucks, sorry is the word, and by saying sorry, only means we still respect what he has done for the fans and the LAKERS.

      1. I think the kids on this board can only think in terms of sucks. It takes wisdom, which usually comes with experience, to see it your way. I appreciate it. I see it. And I think you have it exactly right. It’s sad to see, but inevitable, and I am very grateful to have had Kobe around for 20 years of amazing feats.

        1. I have been watching him grow for 20 years also, and enjoyed him game after game win or not, there were times I cursed him out and other times yield , that’s why I have my own room away from the main rooms in our home I get a little loud, but I cant enjoy watching him come apart slowly , i would rather say good job enjoy the rest of your days.

          1. Right, Al. Should Kobe be put out to pasture or does he need to be put down? What about if we just put Kobe out to stud? We should see if any of those WNBA babes want to serve as brood mares during the off season. I don’t know about Mrs. Bryant, but I like this idea.

    1. Why does every one use the word sucks , in a way he is hurt, but is not willing to give up he’s life as it was, he is PROUD and us a LAKERS fans should be happy for the time he gave us, I think instead of sucks, sorry is the word, and by saying sorry, only means we still respect what he has done for the fans and the LAKERS. Mother NATURE has taken one more of us but with respect.

      1. I think the kids on this board can only think in terms of sucks. It takes wisdom, which usually comes with experience, to see it your way. I appreciate it. I see it. And I think you have it exactly right. It’s sad to see, but inevitable, and I am very grateful to have had Kobe around for 20 years of amazing feats.

        1. I have been watching him grow for 20 years also, and enjoyed him game after game win or not, there were times I cursed him out and other times yield , that’s why I have my own room away from the main rooms in our home I get a little loud, but I cant enjoy watching him come apart slowly , i would rather say good job enjoy the rest of your days.

          1. Right, Al. Should Kobe be put out to pasture or does he need to be put down? What about if we just put Kobe out to stud? We should see if any of those WNBA babes want to serve as brood mares during the off season. I don’t know about Mrs. Bryant, but I like this idea.

  • I remember a few years back when a young Nick Van Exel told James Worthy “your too old to play this game” is it deja vu?

  • I remember a few years back when a young Nick Van Exel told James Worthy “your too old to play this game” is it deja vu?

  • Honestly it’s just the basketball God’s letting Kobe know it’s time to retire. He’s had a great career, and will go down as a top 3 players at his position. It’s time to hang it up, and let the Lakers develop these young guys. Kobe taking all those shots is only handicapping Russell’s development. DLo is a scorer, I watched to much of him at Ohio State to see him not be involved in the offense now. Kobe is slowing down his development.

    1. From what Russell has said from his OS days, he was a scorer early on because it took him half a season to adapt to the team, the players, the plays, etc before he could excel as a PG. Naturally he’s a passer and distributor and he believes that, but he has a great ability to score as well. He just did it by necessity early on and that’s where people have this misnomer that he’s a scoring guard and not a distributor. Russell has admitted to being a slow learner.

  • Honestly it’s just the basketball God’s letting Kobe know it’s time to retire. He’s had a great career, and will go down as a top 3 players at his position. It’s time to hang it up, and let the Lakers develop these young guys. Kobe taking all those shots is only handicapping Russell’s development. DLo is a scorer, I watched to much of him at Ohio State to see him not be involved in the offense now. Kobe is slowing down his development.

    1. From what Russell has said from his OS days, he was a scorer early on because it took him half a season to adapt to the team, the players, the plays, etc before he could excel as a PG. Naturally he’s a passer and distributor and he believes that, but he has a great ability to score as well. He just did it by necessity early on and that’s where people have this misnomer that he’s a scoring guard and not a distributor. Russell has admitted to being a slow learner.

  • Told folks back in 2013 that Kobe’s challenge was not going to be greatness but in maintaining health. That and maintaining a discipline in allowing others to help. Kobe is long overdue for that Duncan/Paul P. Step back role. If he cannot accept that and adapt then it’s time to hang them up.

    1. Plus it is harder because Duncan and Pierce were never very reliant on their athleticism. And in Duncan’s case especially never had a big ego.

      1. Ego is not the issue. Father time is undefeated. If you want longevity you must be willing to not always be the man. Kareem extended his career through Magic. Duncan gave Ignoble, Parker and now Kwahi the stage.

        1. Sounds like you are saying Ego is the issue? Which I do agree with in Kobe’s case. He has to let go of his ego and take a lesser role.

          1. There’s some ego there but that’s not the main thing. We are all creatures of habit. Old habits are hard to break.

          2. Its like leaving a place where you had lived for many a years, then leaving and when you come back its never the same, everything has changed, just as KOBE , he has been in rehab for most of three years, he came back and things have changed but in his case its his body is not the same and never will be again. OLD MOTHER NATURE strikes again.

          3. He would take the lesser role but he feels he needs to be the one to do it all. He doesn’t have the help on this Laker team

          4. Whom would he take that lesser role to? To whom can he hand the reins, knowing they are in the hands of someone who can dominate? No one. There is no one. There is no Magic, no Ginobli, no Parker to hand off his superstar duties to.

          5. Um, Randle, Clarkson and Russell. LA is not competing for the Playoffs, it’s about building up theses young guys. And with Kobe still on the roster, that’s not gonna happen.

          6. SA felt that way about Parker at first. And I doubt anyone thought Leonard would turn into what he did. Got to have faith in the development process.

          7. Scrubs meaning players without a lot of experience. Russell has played 3 NBA games. Randle has played 3.5. Clarkson has played half a season.

          8. And what is Kobe teaching them, and how they are gonna get experience if an aging, injury prone SG won’t step back and realize his time is gone?

          9. That’s a good question. Maybe you should seek out that answer before you run around assassinating people’s characters and saying they’re of no worth.

          10. The answer is right in front of your eyes with his play on the court. He leads the Lakers in shot attempts and 3 point attempts. And for God’s sake, Hibbert and Lou freaking Williams have more assists than him. All Kobe cares about now is personal accolades, if you can’t see that, then you aren’t watching the games. Kobe has nothing to prove, but he’s out there looking like his Rookie season trying to show people what he can do, and it’s not looking good for him.

          11. So now it’s about assists? Didn’t you say he needs to take a lesser role? That means the ball isn’t going to be in his hands the whole time right? So you want him to take a lesser role, but still lead the team in assists? WHILE playing with two point guards in the starting lineup? Starting to really question your basketball IQ. This Kobe looks strange because it’s the first time in about 19 years he’s not the primary ball handler. He’s the one getting set up, like Beal, Klay, and others who have their PGs create FOR them. All he has to do is hit the damn shots.

          12. Um, are you not getting it dude. His assists should be up and shot attempts down, that’s what I mean by taking a lesser role. We aren’t Championship or Playoff material, so let the young guys so what they have. No reason for Kobe to be avg 10 3’s a game. The problem is Kobe is not a spot up shooter and never has been one.

          13. His shot attempts are down though. He’s shooting 15 a game and averages over 20 on his career.

          14. Stop dude. The reason his shot attempts are down is because he is only playing 27 of the 48 minutes a game. And Kobe is taking 17 a game this year in 27 minutes. How many would he be avg if he was still playing his avg of 37 minutes for his career? He’s still getting shots up a ridiculous pace, you’re just not seeing it.

          15. But if he were knocking them down you’d have no problem with it right? The only hope you have is for him to find his rhythm and range because aside from taking too many 3s, he’s getting decent looks. Even he said, Russ and co. are getting him the ball in the right spots, he just needs to make him. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

            Kobe ‘s not going anywhere this season unless he retires. If they’re not making the playoffs anyway, then he’s not hurting this team.

          16. The only problem I have with Kobe this year are the 10 3’s he’s attempting a game. Kobe is to good to be settling for low % shots like that when you have never been a high % 3 shooter.

          17. you will always want to play beside a legend, even if it is a 40 y/o MJ,Kobe,Magic,KAJ,LBird,etc…..

          18. What you’re saying is that there is no one he can hand it off to, so screw it, let’s let the kids develop.

          19. If Kobe cannot gain back his elite form (which is very likely) will that not be the plight of the team anyway?

          20. Kobe loyalist are resisting the inevitable, and that is setting the Lakers back by not letting the kids go through the growing pains now.

          21. Right now, I would say it is a collective youth core that we are focusing the future on.

          22. Is that a reason to not play team ball for the benefit of the youth? Tony Parker was not the Tony Parker we now know in 2005. Coach Pop rode Tony’s butt due to his struggles. But they still trusted him with the keys.

      2. Its different for big men. Plus Duncan has always been managed in a better way than Kobe has.

        Old habits die hard. It might take a while before Kobe realizes and accepts that he can’t do what he used to do. He can go on in the NBA if he adapts to be a point guard. That is pretty clear to me (from last season). However, the youth movement means he can’t do it here. I think his time is up.

        Was such a huge fan I sometimes cant even watch him play like this. He’s given this franchise a lot, would love to see him go gracefully. At his age he has to learn to accept reality sometimes and stop being so stubborn

    2. Difference between Bryant and Duncan, Pierce, even Vince and KG, is that he never had teams that allowed him to take a step back. In 2013, that was supposed to be the year Kobe had a load taken off him with Nash and Howard. We know how that turned out. Kobe had to take over the team and drag them to the playoffs as if it were Smush and Kwame all over again (never mind the coach that had Pau shooting threes). 2014 he played 6 games. 2015 they gave him scrubs like Jeremy Lin with a Boozer/Hill frontcourt. The last time Kobe had another alpha dog on his team was Shaq. Not the same for Duncan and others.

      1. Nah, Kobe vowed to never take a step back to anyone after Shaq. the number change to 24 ushered in that mentality.

        1. If that’s the case why is he trying to do it this season? The change to 24 marked a change in the kind of player he was. 8 was flashy, all over the gym, 24 was less of an athlete and more of a cerebral player.

          1. He’s only doing it now because this is the end and he wants to help the Lakers. There’s a video with an interview out there where Kobe said he was never gonna be allowed to be perceived as a side kick and the 24 was a big part of his mamba mentality transformation.

          2. He had to do that though. People questioned if he could ever win again with him being that guy. Kobe’s legacy is significantly diminished if the only rings he won were with Shaq. That was a necessary transformation that had to occur if he was going to leave his legacy on the game.

          3. I’m not arguing that. I’m just saying Kobe wanted that lone wolf platform.

  • Told folks back in 2013 that Kobe’s challenge was not going to be greatness but in maintaining health. That and maintaining a discipline in allowing others to help. Kobe is long overdue for that Duncan/Paul P. Step back role. If he cannot accept that and adapt then it’s time to hang them up.

    1. Plus it is harder because Duncan and Pierce were never very reliant on their athleticism. And in Duncan’s case especially never had a big ego.

      1. Ego is not the issue. Father time is undefeated. If you want longevity you must be willing to not always be the man. Kareem extended his career through Magic. Duncan gave Ginobli, Parker and now Kwahi the stage.

        1. Sounds like you are saying Ego is the issue? Which I do agree with in Kobe’s case. He has to let go of his ego and take a lesser role.

          1. There’s some ego there but that’s not the main thing. We are all creatures of habit. Old habits are hard to break.

          2. Its like leaving a place where you had lived for many a years, then leaving and when you come back its never the same, everything has changed, just as KOBE , he has been in rehab for most of three years, he came back and things have changed but in his case its his body is not the same and never will be again. OLD MOTHER NATURE strikes again.

          3. He would take the lesser role but he feels he needs to be the one to do it all. He doesn’t have the help on this Laker team

          4. Whom would he take that lesser role to? To whom can he hand the reins, knowing they are in the hands of someone who can dominate? No one. There is no one. There is no Magic, no Ginobli, no Parker to hand off his superstar duties to.

          5. Um, Randle, Clarkson and Russell. LA is not competing for the Playoffs, it’s about building up theses young guys. And with Kobe still on the roster, that’s not gonna happen.

          6. SA felt that way about Parker at first. And I doubt anyone thought Leonard would turn into what he did. Got to have faith in the development process.

          7. Scrubs meaning players without a lot of experience. Russell has played 3 NBA games. Randle has played 3.5. Clarkson has played half a season.

          8. And what is Kobe teaching them, and how they are gonna get experience if an aging, injury prone SG won’t step back and realize his time is gone?

          9. That’s a good question. Maybe you should seek out that answer before you run around assassinating people’s characters and saying they’re of no worth.

          10. The answer is right in front of your eyes with his play on the court. He leads the Lakers in shot attempts and 3 point attempts. And for God’s sake, Hibbert and Lou freaking Williams have more assists than him. All Kobe cares about now is personal accolades, if you can’t see that, then you aren’t watching the games. Kobe has nothing to prove, but he’s out there looking like his Rookie season trying to show people what he can do, and it’s not looking good for him.

          11. So now it’s about assists? Didn’t you say he needs to take a lesser role? That means the ball isn’t going to be in his hands the whole time right? So you want him to take a lesser role, but still lead the team in assists? WHILE playing with two point guards in the starting lineup? Starting to really question your basketball IQ. This Kobe looks strange because it’s the first time in about 19 years he’s not the primary ball handler. He’s the one getting set up, like Beal, Klay, and others who have their PGs create FOR them. All he has to do is hit the damn shots.

          12. Um, are you not getting it dude. His assists should be up and shot attempts down, that’s what I mean by taking a lesser role. We aren’t Championship or Playoff material, so let the young guys so what they have. No reason for Kobe to be avg 10 3’s a game. The problem is Kobe is not a spot up shooter and never has been one.

          13. His shot attempts are down though. He’s shooting 15 a game and averages over 20 on his career.

          14. Stop dude. The reason his shot attempts are down is because he is only playing 27 of the 48 minutes a game. And Kobe is taking 17 a game this year in 27 minutes. How many would he be avg if he was still playing his avg of 37 minutes for his career? He’s still getting shots up a ridiculous pace, you’re just not seeing it.

          15. But if he were knocking them down you’d have no problem with it right? The only hope you have is for him to find his rhythm and range because aside from taking too many 3s, he’s getting decent looks. Even he said, Russ and co. are getting him the ball in the right spots, he just needs to make him. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

            Kobe ‘s not going anywhere this season unless he retires. If they’re not making the playoffs anyway, then he’s not hurting this team.

          16. The only problem I have with Kobe this year are the 10 3’s he’s attempting a game. Kobe is to good to be settling for low % shots like that when you have never been a high % 3 shooter.

          17. you will always want to play beside a legend, even if it is a 40 y/o MJ,Kobe,Magic,KAJ,LBird,etc…..

          18. What you’re saying is that there is no one he can hand it off to, so screw it, let’s let the kids develop.

          19. If Kobe cannot gain back his elite form (which is very likely) will that not be the plight of the team anyway?

          20. Kobe loyalist are resisting the inevitable, and that is setting the Lakers back by not letting the kids go through the growing pains now.

          21. Right now, I would say it is a collective youth core that we are focusing the future on.

          22. Is that a reason to not play team ball for the benefit of the youth? Tony Parker was not the Tony Parker we now know in 2005. Coach Pop rode Tony’s butt due to his struggles. But they still trusted him with the keys.

      2. Its different for big men. Plus Duncan has always been managed in a better way than Kobe has.

        Old habits die hard. It might take a while before Kobe realizes and accepts that he can’t do what he used to do. He can go on in the NBA if he adapts to be a point guard. That is pretty clear to me (from last season). However, the youth movement means he can’t do it here. I think his time is up.

        Was such a huge fan I sometimes cant even watch him play like this. He’s given this franchise a lot, would love to see him go gracefully. At his age he has to learn to accept reality sometimes and stop being so stubborn

    2. Difference between Bryant and Duncan, Pierce, even Vince and KG, is that he never had teams that allowed him to take a step back. In 2013, that was supposed to be the year Kobe had a load taken off him with Nash and Howard. We know how that turned out. Kobe had to take over the team and drag them to the playoffs as if it were Smush and Kwame all over again (never mind the coach that had Pau shooting threes). 2014 he played 6 games. 2015 they gave him scrubs like Jeremy Lin with a Boozer/Hill frontcourt. The last time Kobe had another alpha dog on his team was Shaq. Not the same for Duncan and others.

      1. Nah, Kobe vowed to never take a step back to anyone after Shaq. the number change to 24 ushered in that mentality.

        1. If that’s the case why is he trying to do it this season? The change to 24 marked a change in the kind of player he was. 8 was flashy, all over the gym, 24 was less of an athlete and more of a cerebral player.

          1. He’s only doing it now because this is the end and he wants to help the Lakers. There’s a video with an interview out there where Kobe said he was never gonna be allowed to be perceived as a side kick and the 24 was a big part of his mamba mentality transformation.

          2. He had to do that though. People questioned if he could ever win again with him being that guy. Kobe’s legacy is significantly diminished if the only rings he won were with Shaq. That was a necessary transformation that had to occur if he was going to leave his legacy on the game.

          3. I’m not arguing that. I’m just saying Kobe wanted that lone wolf platform.

  • Beat Nuggets !!

    Coach Byron Needs to lead the way in showing Passion !

    Come on Byron, “throw a Fit”, “get a Technical”, “Passion”

    Kobe, needs to Play Defense, Get on Fire. Ignite the Team

    Kobe has a lot more Fans, then Haters

    Beat Nuggets !!

    1. Ye but good luck on coach getting into it…he always has the same looks..either straight face and shakin his head or smiling in his sarcasm

  • Beat Nuggets !!

    Coach Byron Needs to lead the way in showing Passion !

    Come on Byron, “throw a Fit”, “get a Technical”, “Passion”

    Kobe, needs to Play Defense, Get on Fire. Ignite the Team

    Kobe has a lot more Fans, then Haters

    Beat Nuggets !!

    1. Ye but good luck on coach getting into it…he always has the same looks..either straight face and shakin his head or smiling in his sarcasm

  • Yall think if Kobe hangs it that will help Russell out your sadly mistaken Russell is a bust on both ends of the floor that’s the truth

  • Yall think if Kobe hangs it that will help Russell out your sadly mistaken Russell is a bust on both ends of the floor that’s the truth

  • “This Too Will Pass.”…..3 games into the season….No Big Deal…..Some people Over Thinking Things after 3 games…..Let’s Move On.

  • “This Too Will Pass.”…..3 games into the season….No Big Deal…..Some people Over Thinking Things after 3 games…..Let’s Move On.

  • Why there is no editorial on LN about Byron Scott’s ability as a coach? You can blame players all you want but if the coach sucks big time, even the best player in the league couldn’t perform.

    1. False. Was Scott Brooks greatness personified? Was Erik Spoelstra greatness personified? Don’t tell me you think David Blatt is greatness personified? But that never stopped Westbrook, KD, and LeBron did it? They stopped performing because of their coaches? Talent runs this league homie. Great coaches (Pop and Phil) can elevate their talent, but Phil never won with Smush and Kwame. You’re only as good as your roster, and this roster’s starting lineup has two rooks, a second year guard, Kobe, and Roy.

      1. Are you saying we have a talent-less rosters? Or are you saying if Mark Jackson or Thibs coaching this team, we won’t be better?

        1. I’m saying we’re in a deep Western Conference playing against teams who’ve been playing together for several years. This team may have more talent than Smush/Kwame teams, but the other teams have gotten better, and this unit has played together for three games. Nevermind the fact that two of them have played a total of 7 combined games.

  • Why there is no editorial on LN about Byron Scott’s ability as a coach? You can blame players all you want but if the coach sucks big time, even the best player in the league couldn’t perform.

    1. False. Was Scott Brooks greatness personified? Was Erik Spoelstra greatness personified? Don’t tell me you think David Blatt is greatness personified? But that never stopped Westbrook, KD, and LeBron did it? They stopped performing because of their coaches? Talent runs this league homie. Great coaches (Pop and Phil) can elevate their talent, but Phil never won with Smush and Kwame. You’re only as good as your roster, and this roster’s starting lineup has two rooks, a second year guard, Kobe, and Roy.

      1. Are you saying we have a talent-less rosters? Or are you saying if Mark Jackson or Thibs coaching this team, we won’t be better?

        1. I’m saying we’re in a deep Western Conference playing against teams who’ve been playing together for several years. This team may have more talent than Smush/Kwame teams, but the other teams have gotten better, and this unit has played together for three games. Nevermind the fact that two of them have played a total of 7 combined games.

  • In kobe we believe. .Kobe can figure away to contribute. . I think he is too worried about being injured that why he don’t move and stay at the 3 line..easy to defend him and no adrinaleen going in him to get hot into the game..but kobe know better to get better

  • In kobe we believe. .Kobe can figure away to contribute. . I think he is too worried about being injured that why he don’t move and stay at the 3 line..easy to defend him and no adrinaleen going in him to get hot into the game..but kobe know better to get better

  • These comments are devastating to read. Pretty much everyone talking about how deteriorated Kobe is, or how stubborn he is, or how poorly selected his shots are. Wake up and smell the smog people; If it wasn’t for the bush league excuse of a front office and the failed Tommy Boy experiment that is Jim Buss (even Tommy Boy was successful in the end), Kobe would have a team worth waking up for in the morning (although this one is marginally better than the previous two years). He’s taking all these “bad shots” and getting injured from over-use because it’s the only chance the Lakers have at even coming within 15 points of most teams. If he had proven talent and a stable org (dare I say like the spurs), his role, health, and shot selection would be a lot different. This is all on the front office…

    1. If he drops 30 tonight they’ll all flip out. That’s how fans are. They’re reactionary, not visionary.

      1. Yup. That’s what I’m waiting to see. Does Kobe drop 30 and all the fans go nuts? Or does he struggle and they all set their hair on fire in panic? It’ll be fun to see.

        1. Lakers fans want their cake and to eat it too. They can’t decide whether they want to see W’s and L’s or if they want to see player development. Some of them think it can all happen at once. And if it doesn’t, fire Byron, he’s not getting the job done. What is his job though? Can any of them say exactly what his job is?

      2. The only ones who will flip out are the apologists who think he can do it every single night, that’s just not the case. Of course we will see nights where he goes off 30 and looks like old Kobe, but it’s not sustainable over a season no more. I mean you had people in here thinking the guy was gonna avg 29 PPG this year.

    2. There is a pretty stark difference to how Duncan treats his teammates and coaches compared to Kobe though. If we are all being honest.

      1. Stop. You have no idea. All you know is tabloid crap you hear in the media from crap-sandwich haters like ESPN. And you don’t know anything about Duncan. I lived on the little island he grew up on, where everyone knows everyone and their business, and I will tell you that Duncan is an amazing basketball talent, but in terms of interpersonal skills he is a complete zero. So, you don’t know enough to compare him to Kobe. Kobe probably has 30 IQ points on Duncan, and lives life at a generally higher level. That probably means he has more run-ins with people. But if you’re nothing but a sea cucumber, of course you don’t have run-ins with people. You don’t know Duncan at all, and you only think you know Kobe.

        I’m kinda tired of all the gratuitous Kobe bashing. There are legit things to say about him and his game. But you do an awful lot of unnecessary bashing of him that is nothing more than barely disguised insults. If you don’t like Kobe, don’t watch the Lakers. Or at least give it a rest.

        If we are all being honest….

        1. Duncan took way less money than Leonard and Parker, for the team by choice. Duncan never yelled at the GM in a media practice that all his teammates were trash.

          Duncan never broke up a championship team because he wanted to be THE MAN.

          If Kobe could have been a good teammate, Shaq never leaves, Phil never leaves.

          But Kobe is who he is and the Lakers are who they are partially because of it.

          1. Just stop. For the love of god, have you no decency? At long last, have you no decency left, sir?

          2. Dana you now see why i act the way i do?
            these Kobe haters get to me too.
            i feel your pain Dana.

          3. Duncan was offered less by the Spurs because they wanted to keep their core and Duncan isn’t box office worth much more than they gave him. Strike 1

            Duncan has as many rings as Kobe. Say what you want, one worked just as well as the other.

            If Shaq had worked a little harder and never came into seasons out of shape, Kobe never complains.

            Kobe is who he is because he worked for it.

          4. Agreed, but the conversation is about why Duncan can now take a lesser role and still have a successful team. Their team has withstood the tests of time and reloaded while Duncan still playing a pivotal role because he has allowed it.

          5. They haven’t reloaded. They’ve simply brought in more role players around a core and a coach they’ve had for over a decade. Name one team in the NBA who can keep their three main stars and coach for 15 years?

          6. The Spurs are the one team. You know the team that LA should still be competing with in the West and were the teams everyone strived to be like in the 2000’s. Why is that, the Spurs never had Ego driven players like a Shaq, Kobe and a I want it my way coach in Phil.

          7. If you don’t like the way the Lakers do things, then go be a Spurs fan. Like I said before, they’ve won just as many rings as we have in the last 15 years. We are not the Spurs, and the Spurs are not us. Asking why the Spurs have never had Shaq or “ego driven” players is a dumbass question, because the only answer to that is because THEY DIDN’T HAPPEN TO DRAFT HIM.

          8. And why are the Spurs still competing for Titles and LA isn’t? Apparently what I said went right over your head. Duncan could of been just like Shaq and asked for more money, or continued trying to be the man like Kobe, but he didn’t, and that why the Spurs are still at the top while the Lakers 1 of the worse teams in the NBA. And no I don’t like the way the Lakers are doing things, look at them right now, they are a laughing stock in the NBA right now. There is no reason for such a storied Franchise like the Lakers to be complete trash like this. No reason whatsoever!!!

          9. Relax. The Spurs time for garbage is coming. Duncan is 38, Ginobili is 38, Parker is 33. Spurs may be in the playoffs but they won’t be winning any more rings any time soon.

          10. They still have Leonard, you know the Finals MVP? And they have Aldridge who is only what 29 or 30. And they are the best in finding steals in the draft that fit perfect into Pops system. The point is they are competing while LA isn’t. A Small Market team should never have the upperhand over a Franchise like the Lakers.

          11. They do when they have TALENT. If Leonard and LaMarcus are the only ones left, they’ll be no better than Portland has been for the past 5 years. Yeah they’ll be in the playoffs, but they won’t be winning anything. And Pop won’t be around forever. Who’s to say he doesn’t call it a career after this year if/when Duncan does? The Spurs are on the back end of their legacy as well, so envying them when we’ve won just as many titles won’t serve you well.

          12. Unlike the Lakers, the Spurs build through the Draft and don’t sit around every summer going after that big time FA except this summer with Aldridge. And what did we do last summer, put all their chips into Lebron and Melo while lower tier FA’s who would of helped as signed elsewhere. Same thing this summer with Aldridge.

          13. The Lakers build through the draft also. Every championship featured players that were identified by the FO from the draft. Mikan, West, Baylor, Magic, Worthy, Cooper, Nixon, AC Green, Kobe, Fisher, Devin George, Bynum, Walton, Farmar & Sasha.

            Every championship the Spurs have featured players traded for and free agents. No team wins championships with strictly organic drafted players.

          14. I’m referring to the 2000’s Lakers. I’m well aware of the 80’s and earlier. Shaq was traded, Kobe was traded, Odom, Gasol, Fox, Rice Horry, Richmond, Ariza, Artest and a few other were through FA and trades.

          15. Kobe was identified in the draft by West as no one was really trying to draft Kobe.

          16. But that’s because they had already drafted well in getting KOBE, so they didn’t need to build with any more pieces through the draft.

          17. BTW, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, Anthony Peeler and Vlade Divac were all Late Show players drafted that were building blocks for the Lake Show.

          18. Please don’t remind me of that. Some of the worse years ever were those Randy Pfund and Magic Lakers. Yuck!!!

          19. Would have to have a superstar like Duncan and coach like Pop that allows it. Lakers could have had the same thing with Phil and Kobe if they had worked together in a similar fashion. Phil basically left the Lakers during that first dynasty because in his own words, Kobe was uncoachable.

          20. And they definitely have reloaded. The team Timmy started with doesn’t exist anymore.

          21. He can take a lesser role and still have a successful team because Duncan has much, much, MUCH more talent around him than Kobe does; because he has the best coach in the NBA right now; and because the team has had continuity over the last decade. It has nothing to do with him taking less money or those other things you mentioned.

          22. That is true but not the whole truth. Duncan committed to the TEAM ball concept coach Pop instituted way back in 2004 when David Robinson retired. That put him on a trajectory of continued concessions longevity. Kobe wants a Spurs rebirth but it’s too late for that as he would have had to make that same commitment like Duncan, Paul P, and KG did years ago. Kobe chose the Jordan ultimate alpha route and that is not one that lends to the team theme longevity.

            Kobe lasting long as he did like this is amazing but the end was destined to be ugly… The lone wolf only gives up the throne to the one who takes it. Taking the throne from someone is not a seamless transition. It’s an all out struggle.

          23. It does indeed. Only reason Spurs were able to get Aldridge is because Duncan took less money.

          24. Think. You’re just spouting random stuff. Kobe didn’t need to take less money, the Lakers had plenty of money for Aldridge, with enough left over for another nice signing. I get that you like that Duncan took less, and all rah-rah team first stuff, and I’m not contesting that that’s a great way to do things. But it didn’t make the difference. You’re just saying good things you like without any real understanding of the causal relationships between things. Yeah, we all get that you don’t like Kobe. Give it a rest.

          25. Spurs have 3 guys will big contract. Leonard, Parker and Aldridge. They are able to have a team with all that talent because Timmy sacrificed. It is the bottom line. Sorry if that is too much for you to acknowledged. Only way “”Spurs”” were able to do that.. Not Lakers.. was because of Timmy.

          26. Go be a Spurs fan then. All that sacrifice and they’ve won just as many rings as we have in the last 15 years. Dirk sacrificed a ton for the Mavs, but look at his team.

          27. They are still competing for titles and the Laker’s aren’t. That’s the difference.

          28. Lakers were fortunate enough to make that Hornets trade in 1996 and come up with a once in a lifetime top 10 player of all time. They had him for 20 years. They built the franchise out of that one guy and got 5 championships. He’s on his way out. Lakers have their core for the future now, but it will take time for them to develop. We’ll get there. It’d be different if we had no light at the end of the tunnel. We have it. It just got started late because Kobe was still Kobe as of 17 years into the league. If Kobe was a normal player and started his decline much earlier, we would have had the core earlier. Catch-22.

          29. The one thing I would tell you is that the Spurs and Lakers are two entities that can’t be compared. The dynamic is completely different. The way the Spurs built wouldn’t fly in the Lake Show era. Plus Phil is not a long term one place as home coach.

          30. There is nothing wrong or shameful in learning from your competitors. It doesn’t mean you HATE Kobe or Fluffy or anyone. Chill.

          31. I think Lou Williams was worth every penny.
            in still undecided on bass though.
            I think his offensive rebounding is awesome those put back dunks like larry nance jr does.
            I love them but i want to see him more defensively use that jumping ability to block some shots you know?
            I know he can especially since coach scott puts him at center.
            Now its his job to hold the paint down.
            he has to step up just like tariq black has to.
            Otherwise this is going to be a LONGGGGG season Dana…

          32. Man, you’ll gotta stop this. I understand what Kobe has meant for the Lakers, but it’s time to let go.

          33. Just so I get this straight, what you want to see is Kobe retire, put Anthony Brown and Larry Nance in the starting lineup, and watch them go to work every night.

          34. Nick could step right into the starting 3 and compete with almost anybody. He’s not worse defensively than Kobe and sometimes better. Nance and Brown can ride the pine a little longer. Relax.

          35. You’re missing the point. This is rebuilding time for the Lakers, there were no expectations coming into this season. Keeping Kobe healthy for his Farewell Tour and getting these young guys chemistry going for the Future. Kobe is not part of the future, so why go out like this? I hate watching him look like he doesn’t belong on an NBA court, that’s not the Kobe i’m use to seeing. So yes, I wish the FO would of let him go elsewhere with a chance to compete for that 6th Ring which he wants so bad.

          36. But that shows you don’t understand Kobe’s legacy. Part of that legacy is LOYALTY. Longest tenured player to play with one franchise. Leave his mark on these young players. You see how Randle is playing right now? You see how competitive he is? You see him tell Draymond “he can’t guard me” and clown Kevin Garnett in Game 1 trying to get in his head? You think KOBE might have a little something to do with that? Kobe the PLAYER may not be part of the future, but he’s definitely helping the future be what it is.

          37. You a fool, what dana is saying makes perfect sense, kobe and duncan are different, so whu compare them in that regard bro. Duncan is shy so of course hes not going to yell like the mamba anf whu bring up the situation with shaq shaq said he left was really necause of the contract, and he regret leaving, he actually said that. He win two more titles. You dont know nothing

        2. I’ve read a lot of your comments and your on point. Just had to respond since you said you lived in the Virgin Islands. Nice to know so definitely have an idea of life here. Anyways while lots of people are Spurs fans because of Duncan,we have a great deal of Laker fans as well myself included of course. Sorry for paragraph, but keep schooling em!!

          1. Hey, a Virgin Islander! 🙂 I lived on STX, and used to go to Duncan’s mom’s restaurant in C-sted all the time. I have to confess, I was a Lakers fan more than a Spurs fan my whole life.

            I will keep an eye out for your comments.

          2. Nice I live on STT, it’s smaller than STX if you haven’t been here. I myself have been a Laker fan for as long as I can remember.We suck right now and it’s hard to defend Kobe without being called a Kobe fan instead of a Laker fan. Hopefully we’ll be a little better soon. Funny enough pelicans just lost again and I have to imagine they are way better. Bulls also lost to hornets and their supposed all-star had 26 pts but 1 rebound and 1 assist. It’s just funny how guys are getting branded all-stars so quickly these days. Not sure how much of us watch games unless Lakers are playing,lots of teams sucking it up right now. Of course we want ours to be great again and soon but….

  • These comments are devastating to read. Pretty much everyone talking about how deteriorated Kobe is, or how stubborn he is, or how poorly selected his shots are. Wake up and smell the smog people; If it wasn’t for the bush league excuse of a front office and the failed Tommy Boy experiment that is Jim Buss (even Tommy Boy was successful in the end), Kobe would have a team worth waking up for in the morning (although this one is marginally better than the previous two years). He’s taking all these “bad shots” and getting injured from over-use because it’s the only chance the Lakers have at even coming within 15 points of most teams. If he had proven talent and a stable org (dare I say like the spurs), his role, health, and shot selection would be a lot different. At least he’s proud enough to stay in a losing situation as opposed to preacher LeBron. This is all on the front office…

    1. If he drops 30 tonight they’ll all flip out. That’s how fans are. They’re reactionary, not visionary.

      1. Yup. That’s what I’m waiting to see. Does Kobe drop 30 and all the fans go nuts? Or does he struggle and they all set their hair on fire in panic? It’ll be fun to see.

        1. Lakers fans want their cake and to eat it too. They can’t decide whether they want the season to be about W’s and L’s or if they want to see player development. Some of them think they should both happen at the same time. And if it doesn’t come together all at once, fire Byron, he’s not getting the job done. What is his job though? Can any of them say exactly what his job is?

      2. The only ones who will flip out are the apologists who think he can do it every single night, that’s just not the case. Of course we will see nights where he goes off 30 and looks like old Kobe, but it’s not sustainable over a season no more. I mean you had people in here thinking the guy was gonna avg 29 PPG this year.

    2. There is a pretty stark difference to how Duncan treats his teammates and coaches compared to Kobe though. If we are all being honest.

      1. Stop. You have no idea. All you know is tabloid crap you hear in the media from crap-sandwich haters like ESPN. And you don’t know anything about Duncan. I lived on the little island he grew up on, where everyone knows everyone and their business, and I will tell you that Duncan is an amazing basketball talent, but in terms of interpersonal skills he is a complete zero. So, you don’t know enough to compare him to Kobe. Kobe probably has 30 IQ points on Duncan, and lives life at a generally higher level. That probably means he has more run-ins with people. But if you’re nothing but a sea cucumber, of course you don’t have run-ins with people. You don’t know Duncan at all, and you only think you know Kobe.

        I’m kinda tired of all the gratuitous Kobe bashing. There are legit things to say about him and his game. But you do an awful lot of unnecessary bashing of him that is nothing more than barely disguised insults. If you don’t like Kobe, don’t watch the Lakers. Or at least give it a rest.

        If we are all being honest….

        1. Duncan took way less money than Leonard and Parker, for the team by choice. Duncan never yelled at the GM in a media practice that all his teammates were trash.

          Duncan never broke up a championship team because he wanted to be THE MAN.

          If Kobe could have been a good teammate, Shaq never leaves, Phil never leaves.

          But Kobe is who he is and the Lakers are who they are partially because of it.

          1. Just stop. For the love of god, have you no decency? At long last, have you no decency left, sir?

          2. Dana you now see why i act the way i do?
            these Kobe haters get to me too.
            i feel your pain Dana.

          3. Duncan was offered less by the Spurs because they wanted to keep their core and Duncan isn’t box office worth much more than they gave him. Strike 1

            Duncan has as many rings as Kobe. Say what you want, one worked just as well as the other.

            If Shaq had worked a little harder and never came into seasons out of shape, Kobe never complains.

            Kobe is who he is because he worked for it.

          4. Agreed, but the conversation is about why Duncan can now take a lesser role and still have a successful team. Their team has withstood the tests of time and reloaded while Duncan still playing a pivotal role because he has allowed it.

          5. They haven’t reloaded. They’ve simply brought in more role players around a core and a coach they’ve had for over a decade. Name one team in the NBA who can keep their three main stars and coach for 15 years?

          6. The Spurs are the one team. You know the team that LA should still be competing with in the West and were the teams everyone strived to be like in the 2000’s. Why is that, the Spurs never had Ego driven players like a Shaq, Kobe and a I want it my way coach in Phil.

          7. If you don’t like the way the Lakers do things, then go be a Spurs fan. Like I said before, they’ve won just as many rings as we have in the last 15 years. We are not the Spurs, and the Spurs are not us. Asking why the Spurs have never had Shaq or “ego driven” players is a dumbass question, because the only answer to that is because THEY DIDN’T HAPPEN TO DRAFT HIM.

          8. And why are the Spurs still competing for Titles and LA isn’t? Apparently what I said went right over your head. Duncan could of been just like Shaq and asked for more money, or continued trying to be the man like Kobe, but he didn’t, and that why the Spurs are still at the top while the Lakers 1 of the worse teams in the NBA. And no I don’t like the way the Lakers are doing things, look at them right now, they are a laughing stock in the NBA right now. There is no reason for such a storied Franchise like the Lakers to be complete trash like this. No reason whatsoever!!!

          9. Relax. The Spurs time for garbage is coming. Duncan is 38, Ginobili is 38, Parker is 33. Spurs may be in the playoffs but they won’t be winning any more rings any time soon.

          10. They still have Leonard, you know the Finals MVP? And they have Aldridge who is only what 29 or 30. And they are the best in finding steals in the draft that fit perfect into Pops system. The point is they are competing while LA isn’t. A Small Market team should never have the upperhand over a Franchise like the Lakers.

          11. They do when they have TALENT. If Leonard and LaMarcus are the only ones left, they’ll be no better than Portland has been for the past 5 years. Yeah they’ll be in the playoffs, but they won’t be winning anything. And Pop won’t be around forever. Who’s to say he doesn’t call it a career after this year if/when Duncan does? The Spurs are on the back end of their legacy as well, so envying them when we’ve won just as many titles won’t serve you well.

          12. Unlike the Lakers, the Spurs build through the Draft and don’t sit around every summer going after that big time FA except this summer with Aldridge. And what did we do last summer, put all their chips into Lebron and Melo while lower tier FA’s who would of helped as signed elsewhere. Same thing this summer with Aldridge.

          13. The Lakers build through the draft also. Every championship featured players that were identified by the FO from the draft. Mikan, West, Baylor, Magic, Worthy, Cooper, Nixon, AC Green, Kobe, Fisher, Devin George, Bynum, Walton, Farmar & Sasha.

            Every championship the Spurs have featured players traded for and free agents. No team wins championships with strictly organic drafted players.

          14. I’m referring to the 2000’s Lakers. I’m well aware of the 80’s and earlier. Shaq was traded, Kobe was traded, Odom, Gasol, Fox, Rice Horry, Richmond, Ariza, Artest and a few other were through FA and trades.

          15. Kobe was identified in the draft by West as no one was really trying to draft Kobe.

          16. But that’s because they had already drafted well in getting KOBE, so they didn’t need to build with any more pieces through the draft.

          17. BTW, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, Anthony Peeler and Vlade Divac were all Late Show players drafted that were building blocks for the Lake Show.

          18. Please don’t remind me of that. Some of the worse years ever were those Randy Pfund and Magic Lakers. Yuck!!!

          19. Would have to have a superstar like Duncan and coach like Pop that allows it. Lakers could have had the same thing with Phil and Kobe if they had worked together in a similar fashion. Phil basically left the Lakers during that first dynasty because in his own words, Kobe was uncoachable.

          20. And they definitely have reloaded. The team Timmy started with doesn’t exist anymore.

          21. He can take a lesser role and still have a successful team because Duncan has much, much, MUCH more talent around him than Kobe does; because he has the best coach in the NBA right now; and because the team has had continuity over the last decade. It has nothing to do with him taking less money or those other things you mentioned.

          22. That is true but not the whole truth. Duncan committed to the TEAM ball concept coach Pop instituted way back in 2004 when David Robinson retired. That put him on a trajectory of continued concessions longevity. Kobe wants a Spurs rebirth but it’s too late for that as he would have had to make that same commitment like Duncan, Paul P, and KG did years ago. Kobe chose the Jordan ultimate alpha route and that is not one that lends to the team theme longevity.

            Kobe lasting long as he did like this is amazing but the end was destined to be ugly… The lone wolf only gives up the throne to the one who takes it. Taking the throne from someone is not a seamless transition. It’s an all out struggle.

          23. It does indeed. Only reason Spurs were able to get Aldridge is because Duncan took less money.

          24. Think. You’re just spouting random stuff. Kobe didn’t need to take less money, the Lakers had plenty of money for Aldridge, with enough left over for another nice signing. I get that you like that Duncan took less, and all rah-rah team first stuff, and I’m not contesting that that’s a great way to do things. But it didn’t make the difference. You’re just saying good things you like without any real understanding of the causal relationships between things. Yeah, we all get that you don’t like Kobe. Give it a rest.

          25. Spurs have 3 guys will big contract. Leonard, Parker and Aldridge. They are able to have a team with all that talent because Timmy sacrificed. It is the bottom line. Sorry if that is too much for you to acknowledged. Only way “”Spurs”” were able to do that.. Not Lakers.. was because of Timmy.

          26. Go be a Spurs fan then. All that sacrifice and they’ve won just as many rings as we have in the last 15 years. Dirk sacrificed a ton for the Mavs, but look at his team.

          27. They are still competing for titles and the Laker’s aren’t. That’s the difference.

          28. Lakers were fortunate enough to make that Hornets trade in 1996 and come up with a once in a lifetime top 10 player of all time. They had him for 20 years. They built the franchise out of that one guy and got 5 championships. He’s on his way out. Lakers have their core for the future now, but it will take time for them to develop. We’ll get there. It’d be different if we had no light at the end of the tunnel. We have it. It just got started late because Kobe was still Kobe as of 17 years into the league. If Kobe was a normal player and started his decline much earlier, we would have had the core earlier. Catch-22.

          29. The one thing I would tell you is that the Spurs and Lakers are two entities that can’t be compared. The dynamic is completely different. The way the Spurs built wouldn’t fly in the Lake Show era. Plus Phil is not a long term one place as home coach.

          30. There is nothing wrong or shameful in learning from your competitors. It doesn’t mean you HATE Kobe or Fluffy or anyone. Chill.

          31. I think Lou Williams was worth every penny.
            in still undecided on bass though.
            I think his offensive rebounding is awesome those put back dunks like larry nance jr does.
            I love them but i want to see him more defensively use that jumping ability to block some shots you know?
            I know he can especially since coach scott puts him at center.
            Now its his job to hold the paint down.
            he has to step up just like tariq black has to.
            Otherwise this is going to be a LONGGGGG season Dana…

          32. Man, you’ll gotta stop this. I understand what Kobe has meant for the Lakers, but it’s time to let go.

          33. Just so I get this straight, what you want to see is Kobe retire, put Anthony Brown and Larry Nance in the starting lineup, and watch them go to work every night.

          34. Nick could step right into the starting 3 and compete with almost anybody. He’s not worse defensively than Kobe and sometimes better. Nance and Brown can ride the pine a little longer. Relax.

          35. You’re missing the point. This is rebuilding time for the Lakers, there were no expectations coming into this season. Keeping Kobe healthy for his Farewell Tour and getting these young guys chemistry going for the Future. Kobe is not part of the future, so why go out like this? I hate watching him look like he doesn’t belong on an NBA court, that’s not the Kobe i’m use to seeing. So yes, I wish the FO would of let him go elsewhere with a chance to compete for that 6th Ring which he wants so bad.

          36. But that shows you don’t understand Kobe’s legacy. Part of that legacy is LOYALTY. Longest tenured player to play with one franchise. Leave his mark on these young players. You see how Randle is playing right now? You see how competitive he is? You see him tell Draymond “he can’t guard me” and clown Kevin Garnett in Game 1 trying to get in his head? You think KOBE might have a little something to do with that? Kobe the PLAYER may not be part of the future, but he’s definitely helping the future be what it is.

          37. You a fool, what dana is saying makes perfect sense, kobe and duncan are different, so whu compare them in that regard bro. Duncan is shy so of course hes not going to yell like the mamba anf whu bring up the situation with shaq shaq said he left was really necause of the contract, and he regret leaving, he actually said that. Kobe won two more titles, so stop with that bs

        2. I’ve read a lot of your comments and your on point. Just had to respond since you said you lived in the Virgin Islands. Nice to know so definitely have an idea of life here. Anyways while lots of people are Spurs fans because of Duncan,we have a great deal of Laker fans as well myself included of course. Sorry for paragraph, but keep schooling em!!

          1. Hey, a Virgin Islander! 🙂 I lived on STX, and used to go to Duncan’s mom’s restaurant in C-sted all the time. I have to confess, I was a Lakers fan more than a Spurs fan my whole life.

            I will keep an eye out for your comments.

          2. Nice I live on STT, it’s smaller than STX if you haven’t been here. I myself have been a Laker fan for as long as I can remember.We suck right now and it’s hard to defend Kobe without being called a Kobe fan instead of a Laker fan. Hopefully we’ll be a little better soon. Funny enough pelicans just lost again and I have to imagine they are way better. Bulls also lost to hornets and their supposed all-star had 26 pts but 1 rebound and 1 assist. It’s just funny how guys are getting branded all-stars so quickly these days. Not sure how much of us watch games unless Lakers are playing,lots of teams sucking it up right now. Of course we want ours to be great again and soon but….

  • It’s over !!! It has been over for the past few years and we all wanted to believe otherwise ! He might pullout of the slump and even have an incredible game or two but how many games in before his body won’t do what his mind wants it ??? Like me watch the YouTube highlights and marvel at how great he was and be remembered right next to Mike as the GOAT !

  • It’s over !!! It has been over for the past few years and we all wanted to believe otherwise ! He might pullout of the slump and even have an incredible game or two but how many games in before his body won’t do what his mind wants it ??? Like me watch the YouTube highlights and marvel at how great he was and be remembered right next to Mike as the GOAT !

  • Why doesn’t Kobe take a lesser role on the Lakers like other aging all-stars like Duncan, Pierce, Iguadola? because they have younger superstars & all stars like Leonard & Aldridge – Griffin & CP3 – Curry & K Thompson on their their respective teams who are the “go to” guys now. Who does Kobe have?? A lot of unproven young rookies, one all-rookie player & from last year.

    1. Leonard didn’t come into the league a star, he developed into a star because Pop, Duncan and Parker believed in him and gave him the chance to become the best player on the team. But then again, none of those guys were ever selfish players to begin with.

          1. Oh I know. Phil has said many times how Kobe strayed out of the Triangle use to go Gung-Ho. Also said he wished he played like Lebron too. I love Kobe too, but the Lakers should of had at least 1 or 2 more rings with him.

  • Why doesn’t Kobe take a lesser role on the Lakers like other aging all-stars like Duncan, Pierce, Iguadola? because they have younger superstars & all stars like Leonard & Aldridge – Griffin & CP3 – Curry & K Thompson on their their respective teams who are the “go to” guys now. Who does Kobe have?? A lot of unproven young rookies, one all-rookie player & from last year.

    1. Leonard didn’t come into the league a star, he developed into a star because Pop, Duncan and Parker believed in him and gave him the chance to become the best player on the team. But then again, none of those guys were ever selfish players to begin with.

          1. Oh I know. Phil has said many times how Kobe strayed out of the Triangle use to go Gung-Ho. Also said he wished he played like Lebron too. I love Kobe too, but the Lakers should of had at least 1 or 2 more rings with him.

    1. I don’t think anyone will argue that Russell hasn’t struggled. But this season is about Russell and his fellow young core teammates developing.

    2. But Kobe is the leader of this team and the best player on it. He is taking more shots than anyone and most of them are horrible decisions.

      Russell is a 19 year old rookie. Are we really gonna compare him to Kobe who played more years in this league than Russell has been a conscious being in this world?

    3. One is 19 and has played 3 games the other is 37 and has played thousands of game, you say what ?

    1. I don’t think anyone will argue that Russell hasn’t struggled. But this season is about Russell and his fellow young core teammates developing.

    2. But Kobe is the leader of this team and the best player on it. He is taking more shots than anyone and most of them are horrible decisions.

      Russell is a 19 year old rookie. Are we really gonna compare him to Kobe who’s played more years in this league than Russell has been a conscious being in this world?

    3. One is 19 and has played 3 games the other is 37 and has played thousands of game, you say what ?

    1. I will just be happy to see the young guys improve. Want to see them move the ball, rotate on defense and play as a team. Wins, losses aren’t much of a concern this season.

      1. I agree but hate the system BS has for them which is effecting their growth , they need to push , run and gun and he wants them to play the slow moving Princeton offense still !!!!!!!! I hope they lose a few more so we can make a change now before he ruins these kids psyche !!!!!

        1. Run and gun is what D’Antoni ran for years and it never worked. Lakers are leading the league in three pointers per game despite that. What are you whining about exactly?

          1. It worked , he won the most games after the All-stars in his first and won more with rotating D-leaguers than this guy ! The league has changed to his system and Kerr credited him for the title , He was bashed by the media and Kobe !!!!!!!!!!!

          2. He didn’t win anything after the ASG. KOBE did. He put the team on his back and pretty much told D’Antoni to get out the way. That’s why he played 47 mins a night when they went 28-12. Then he proceeded to win 29 the next year. Stop it.

          3. 29 With D-leaguers which only one has made an NBA team since !!! MDA is an offensive genius and this dude was a good player but he is a horrible coach !!!

          4. His teams were also giving up 120 points a game. I can remember countless time where the Lakers would score 120 and STILL lose. Offensive genius that had Pau out on the perimeter shooting threes right? But you clowns forget this already?

          5. Better than the Brown Lakers with that Princeton crap who couldn’t score.

          6. BS teams have ranked 3 worse in defensive efficiencies 5 yrs in a row !!!! the worse this year !!!!

          1. Yeah, but I am tired of watching Kobe shoot us out of games while he tries to recapture his lost youth. No excuse.

    1. I will just be happy to see the young guys improve. Want to see them move the ball, rotate on defense and play as a team. Wins, losses aren’t much of a concern this season.

      1. I agree but hate the system BS has for them which is effecting their growth , they need to push , run and gun and he wants them to play the slow moving Princeton offense still !!!!!!!! I hope they lose a few more so we can make a change now before he ruins these kids psyche !!!!!

        1. Run and gun is what D’Antoni ran for years and it never worked. Lakers are leading the league in three pointers per game despite that. What are you whining about exactly?

          1. It worked , he won the most games after the All-stars in his first and won more with rotating D-leaguers than this guy ! The league has changed to his system and Kerr credited him for the title , He was bashed by the media and Kobe !!!!!!!!!!!

          2. He didn’t win anything after the ASG. KOBE did. He put the team on his back and pretty much told D’Antoni to get out the way. That’s why he played 47 mins a night when they went 28-12. Then he proceeded to win 29 the next year. Stop it.

          3. 29 With D-leaguers which only one has made an NBA team since !!! MDA is an offensive genius and this dude was a good player but he is a horrible coach !!!

          4. His teams were also giving up 120 points a game. I can remember countless time where the Lakers would score 120 and STILL lose. Offensive genius that had Pau out on the perimeter shooting threes right? But you clowns forget this already?

          5. Better than the Brown Lakers with that Princeton crap who couldn’t score.

          6. BS teams have ranked 3 worse in defensive efficiencies 5 yrs in a row !!!! the worse this year !!!!

          1. Yeah, but I am tired of watching Kobe shoot us out of games while he tries to recapture his lost youth. No excuse.

    1. He plays the same way as Randle does. They occupy the same spots on the court with their drives to the hoop. Clarkson’s shot was off and Randle was on roll, so he became redundant.

      Will be interesting to see how they play TEAM ball together. I hope Byron runs more post-ups for Randle. That would help in that regard, but knowing Byron they will probably just take turns in ISO sets

        1. I am yet to see them both have good scoring games together. When Clarkson was using those lanes, Randle was (not vs SAC). When Randle was, Clarkson became a jumpshooter.

          They might learn to alternate like D Wade and Bron on the heat. They are still learning to play with each other. But we still need more of Randle in the post – he is too strong not to have more plays called for him out there

    1. He plays the same way as Randle does. They occupy the same spots on the court with their drives to the hoop. Clarkson’s shot was off and Randle was on roll, so he became redundant.

      Will be interesting to see how they play TEAM ball together. I hope Byron runs more post-ups for Randle. That would help in that regard, but knowing Byron they will probably just take turns in ISO sets

        1. I am yet to see them both have good scoring games together. When Clarkson was using those lanes, Randle was (not vs SAC). When Randle was, Clarkson became a jumpshooter.

          They might learn to alternate like D Wade and Bron on the heat. They are still learning to play with each other. But we still need more of Randle in the post – he is too strong not to have more plays called for him out there

  • Don’t think Kobe Laces-up, and doesn’t care about the W or L

    Kobe is “viewed” different, when he plays,

    Probably because We’re “spoiled” at getting the Privilege of watching the Superstar

  • Don’t think Kobe Laces-up, and doesn’t care about the W or L

    Kobe is “viewed” different, when he plays,

    Probably because We’re “spoiled” at getting the Privilege of watching the Superstar

    1. Ha..tell em…on the kool we do need to show more heart girl..we lookin real weak right now..and usually we show something no matter if its three or not..we the lake show. ..we wanna win every one if we could but we dont have it together right now..im givin us 20 games and then we will know

      1. I agree we arent playing like a team at all. Everything is out of sync And scott does not know how to coach offense nor defense. He runs no plays whatsoever. He has the worst rotations. Takes out people when they are hot. Does not make any sense… the thing that really pisses me off is that we should have won the game against minnesota but scott leaves the bench in until like the 6 min mark. Then doesnt call timeout and let the clock run down to 4 sec…. hes gotta be the most dumbest coach in the league.

        1. Ha..you see it..i like u..hell ya..although rest in peace flip i knew they were gonna win…a team always seems to win when a loved one dies ya know…ne way ye..he thinks its the nets and we arent..his subs show he doesnt have faith in our players..hes a guard so hes thinking in a guard mindframe like they aren’t better then him as he was back in the day or some shit….honestly i would start nick at the three and wtf is up wit nance not playin..i think he has more heart than most of em..hes like a rick fox

          1. The rotation should be clarkson, kobe, nick, randle, hibbert

            Huertus,Russell, lou, bass, black

            Sub in nance and a brown sometimes

            Let kelly and sacre rot on the bench haha

            More importantly they have no true sf which was a big fail by the lakers front office.

        2. You mean when dangelo made 2 threes in a row and he took him out? smart huh?
          i dont diss the coach though bc it aint right.
          i just pray he smartens up and makes the right decisions for us to win.
          we should have beat minnesota and also denver tonight.
          we were so close!
          3 points after lou williams free throws.
          we should have won it would have cheered alot of people up and shut up alot more too.
          damn….. just DAMN!

    1. Ha..tell em…on the kool we do need to show more heart girl..we lookin real weak right now..and usually we show something no matter if its three or not..we the lake show. ..we wanna win every one if we could but we dont have it together right now..im givin us 20 games and then we will know

      1. I agree we arent playing like a team at all. Everything is out of sync And scott does not know how to coach offense nor defense. He runs no plays whatsoever. He has the worst rotations. Takes out people when they are hot. Does not make any sense… the thing that really pisses me off is that we should have won the game against minnesota but scott leaves the bench in until like the 6 min mark. Then doesnt call timeout and let the clock run down to 4 sec…. hes gotta be the most dumbest coach in the league.

        1. Ha..you see it..i like u..hell ya..although rest in peace flip i knew they were gonna win…a team always seems to win when a loved one dies ya know…ne way ye..he thinks its the nets and we arent..his subs show he doesnt have faith in our players..hes a guard so hes thinking in a guard mindframe like they aren’t better then him as he was back in the day or some shit….honestly i would start nick at the three and wtf is up wit nance not playin..i think he has more heart than most of em..hes like a rick fox

          1. The rotation should be clarkson, kobe, nick, randle, hibbert

            Huertus,Russell, lou, bass, black

            Sub in nance and a brown sometimes

            Let kelly and sacre rot on the bench haha

            More importantly they have no true sf which was a big fail by the lakers front office.

        2. You mean when dangelo made 2 threes in a row and he took him out? smart huh?
          i dont diss the coach though bc it aint right.
          i just pray he smartens up and makes the right decisions for us to win.
          we should have beat minnesota and also denver tonight.
          we were so close!
          3 points after lou williams free throws.
          we should have won it would have cheered alot of people up and shut up alot more too.
          damn….. just DAMN!

  • Mudiay talking about how Russell being drafted before him is motivation haha. Could be a fun game, he is going to be aggressive!

    1. Mudiay downplayed Byron Scott’s pre-draft critiques : “That’s another human’s opinion. I’m not worried about him.”

      UH OH

          1. It will be interesting, but based on what I have seen so far.. It could be a massacre. Although Mudiay is pretty sloppy.

  • Mudiay talking about how Russell being drafted before him is motivation haha. Could be a fun game, he is going to be aggressive!

    1. Mudiay downplayed Byron Scott’s pre-draft critiques : “That’s another human’s opinion. I’m not worried about him.”

      UH OH

          1. It will be interesting, but based on what I have seen so far.. It could be a massacre. Although Mudiay is pretty sloppy.

  • Via LakersReporter: Nuggs coach Mike Malone pre-LAL game on Mudiay: “Unlike some others we feel he is a good point guard who can make good decisions.”

  • Via LakersReporter: Nuggs coach Mike Malone pre-LAL game on Mudiay: “Unlike some others we feel he is a good point guard who can make good decisions.”

  • Mike Bresnahan ‏@Mike_Bresnahan 25m25 minutes ago
    What does Byron think of all the scrutiny/criticism faced by D’Angelo Russell? “That’s L.A.”

  • Mike Bresnahan ‏@Mike_Bresnahan 25m25 minutes ago
    What does Byron think of all the scrutiny/criticism faced by D’Angelo Russell? “That’s L.A.”

    1. Nah Lebron respects Kobe and he understands.
      half of these so-called Laker fans attack Kobe when his opponents even stand up for him.
      Now thats funny……………
      thanks bron

          1. I know…im saying this…i dont care about if he says hes supporting him or if he had posters bro…everytime he steps on the court he hears kobe lebron kobe lebron..trust me he doesn’t want kobe to accomplish more cuz he would have another goal to accomplish ya know..he wants to end the talking by winning championship after championship. .until he does that hes third and he trying hard although i think hes only good for one more..ive never been a fan of players moving around and scouting other players to join..hes trying hard to pass em all…thats what its bout..

      1. Dont care if they kool with each other..bron knows hes behind kobe he wants to surpass that..its still handled on their profession ya know…im not a bron fan..

    1. Nah Lebron respects Kobe and he understands.
      half of these so-called Laker fans attack Kobe when his opponents even stand up for him.
      Now thats funny……………
      thanks bron

          1. I know…im saying this…i dont care about if he says hes supporting him or if he had posters bro…everytime he steps on the court he hears kobe lebron kobe lebron..trust me he doesn’t want kobe to accomplish more cuz he would have another goal to accomplish ya know..he wants to end the talking by winning championship after championship. .until he does that hes third and he trying hard although i think hes only good for one more..ive never been a fan of players moving around and scouting other players to join..hes trying hard to pass em all…thats what its bout..

      1. Dont care if they kool with each other..bron knows hes behind kobe he wants to surpass that..its still handled on their profession ya know…im not a bron fan..

  • I understand letting the core develop but honestly watchin a lottery team year after year aint fun. Trust, I’m from Sacramento and they’ve been in the since I started watching basketball and even then a golden future isnt guaranteed, theres growing pains, youngins leaving the team bc they know theyll have a better chance of winning elsewhere, and a coach that gets replaced every few seasons. LA doesnt need to make playoffs but damn they should be able to beat the timberwolves and a lot of other east coast teams. If the future doesnt look bright it wont attract free agents

    Anyways side note I dont mind Kobe taking threes if theyre good looks but when he starts forcing things the offense is stagnent and thus the kids dont put as much effort into defense

    1. Last two years were really bad because there was no future in sight, but this year with Randle healthy and Russell playing big minutes, I find it very exciting. It feels like we are watching our future.

    2. how many NBA championships do the kings warriors and clippers have combined?
      we have 16.
      please hurry with your answer lol.

      1. ???? What does that have to do with anything. I was saying it sucks watching a crap team

  • I understand letting the core develop but honestly watchin a lottery team year after year aint fun. Trust, I’m from Sacramento and they’ve been in the since I started watching basketball and even then a golden future isnt guaranteed, theres growing pains, youngins leaving the team bc they know theyll have a better chance of winning elsewhere, and a coach that gets replaced every few seasons. LA doesnt need to make playoffs but damn they should be able to beat the timberwolves and a lot of other east coast teams. If the future doesnt look bright it wont attract free agents

    Anyways side note I dont mind Kobe taking threes if theyre good looks but when he starts forcing things the offense is stagnent and thus the kids dont put as much effort into defense

    1. Last two years were really bad because there was no future in sight, but this year with Randle healthy and Russell playing big minutes, I find it very exciting. It feels like we are watching our future.

    2. how many NBA championships do the kings warriors and clippers have combined?
      we have 16.
      please hurry with your answer lol.

      1. ???? What does that have to do with anything. I was saying it sucks watching a crap team

  • Kobe had some serious injuries. The achilles injury, I don’t know anyone that came back from that and was ever the same in a sport that requires speed and agility. I think what he is able to do is pretty good. The team’s overall awkwardness and lack of chemistry is the biggest issue. They really need Kobe to lead them from a “player / coach” mentor place. He needs to accept what is and serve that purpose or retire.

  • Kobe had some serious injuries. The achilles injury, I don’t know anyone that came back from that and was ever the same in a sport that requires speed and agility. I think what he is able to do is pretty good. The team’s overall awkwardness and lack of chemistry is the biggest issue. They really need Kobe to lead them from a “player / coach” mentor place. He needs to accept what is and serve that purpose or retire.

  • Shot selection is the key, limit taking the 3’s since he is more effective from 10-15 feet away. Hoping for a win ASAP to boost the morale of the team.

  • Shot selection is the key, limit taking the 3’s since he is more effective from 10-15 feet away. Hoping for a win ASAP to boost the morale of the team.

  • I still believe he has the heart and passion to help the team. the legs and body grow old but Kobe will be Kobe……………

  • I still believe he has the heart and passion to help the team. the legs and body grow old but Kobe will be Kobe……………

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