Kobe Needs to trust his teammates

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Kobe Brant and Pau GasolWhen the season started on Christmas Day, there was a lot of talk about the Lakers’ age. Derek Fisher who is 37 and Kobe Bryant 33, have been teammates since the 1996-97 season. We all know Fisher went on to play for the Warriors and Jazz before coming back to Los Angeles where he will probably end his career. The trust that Kobe has for Derek and vice versa is solid. However, the same can’t be said for Kobe and the rest of his teammates.

Kobe Bryant is a warrior no doubt about it. He is a warrior because in the past he has played hurt much like he doing in the start of this season. He is already the Lakers all time leading scorer and along with going down as being one of the greatest, if not the greatest Laker of all time; when it’s all said and done, Kobe Bryant will go down in NBA history as being one of the top 5 players of all time. That said, Kobe has reached the summit of his career and is now on the downward slide. Not to say he still can’t light it up night in and night out. However, he is at that point in his career where he needs to stop trying to put the team on his shoulders and start trusting his teammates to make contributions. The rest of his teammates not named Derrick Fisher.

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On opening day of the season on Christmas, the Lakers had a chance to beat the Bulls in a close one. They had the ball with seconds left on the clock down by one point; and guess who had the ball? That’s right Kobe Bryant. We’ve all seen this before. Kobe would take the last shot of the game, drain it, and replays of that shot will be on every sports show in America. The talking heads on those shows would make the inevitable Michael Jordan comparisons and all will be good in Lakerland. There’s just one thing though, it didn’t exactly pan out that way on Christmas Day. Kobe tried to go up against a triple team with Pau Gasol wide open under the basket. Kobe’s shot was blocked and the Bulls stole one.
On New Year’s Day the Lakers played the same team on the second night of a back to back against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers rallied from trailing by as many as 11 points and even took a 2 point lead in the 4th quarter. Then Kobe, instead of trusting his teammates, tried to do things on his own rather than put it on his teammates who collectively made the rally. Kobe scored 16 points on 6 for 28 shooting. By far one of the worst nights of his career. His injured wrist was probably a contributing factor, which is all the reason why Kobe needed his teammates to come through.

On Andrew Bynum’s second game back after suspension, he had a solid double double with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Pau finished with 20 points and 11 boards. Steve Blake, who looks more comfortable in Mike Brown’s system, contributed 14 points of his own off the bench. Kobe needs to embrace the fact that he is not the same player he once was. He needs to stop playing like number 8 and start playing like number 24.
This is Kobe’s team and Los Angeles is his town. Yes LA is still a Laker town. It doesn’t matter what acquisitions other professional teams made in the offseason. A la the LA Angels, and the LA Clippers. Los Angeles still belongs to the Lakers, and the Lakers are Kobe’s team, no matter what other superstar(s) comes. With that, Kobe needs to act like the leader he has become and trust that his teammates got his back. He’s not putting the trust in his teammates when he drives into a triple team with the game on the line. Or when he makes costly turnovers because he is trying to do too much. Matt Money Smith from the Petros and Money Show on AM570 said… “the Lakers need to take Herman Cain’s 999 plan and double it. Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant each need to score 18 points a night, along with steady contributions from roll players, for the Lakers to be successful this season.”

Not trying to mix politics with sports, but this could be a fruitful plan for the Lakers as the season progresses.

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2 Responses to Kobe Needs to trust his teammates

  1. Clifford says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment, Terrance. Kobe can’t seem to get it through his Bean-head that feeding the post and developing Andrew Bynum will only extend his career and give him a chance to do more of what he claims he wants most: namely, to win more championships… But feeding the pivot and making Andrew the focal point of the offense would involve diminishing his own role and relinquishing some of the glory that comes with being the team’s centerpiece.In my opinion that would be more than Kobe could stand. So when it comes down to getting the ball, he establishes a three person pecking order with KOBE coming first, Pau coming second and Andrew–if at all–coming last. This is both dumb and short sighted–not to mention ego ridden. Most teams in the NBA would KILL to have even ONE good 7 footer. For years now the Lakers have had TWO seven footers with soft hands and the Lakers’ guards and forwards ake turns ignoring BOTH of them. To me that’s dumb beyond belief. And it’s the unexpressed reason why they went after Chris Paul. You see, CPIII would have stood up to Kobe whenever he pouted for the ball and Chris would have refused to give it to him if someone else was in a better position to shoot. That’s what all REAL point guards do. The Lakers haven’t had one since Nick Van Exel was here and Andrew’s offensive development has suffered as a result.Now let’s see if coach Mike Brown has the apricots to sit Kobe 9or any other teammate) who refuses to feed Andrew and Pau when they set up in the post…

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

  2. Jcbsanchez803 says:

    KOBES BOSS

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