Guy responded like the 2 time champ he is with two stellar games in a row after all the trade talk. Mentally soft he is not. Lakers fans need to appreciate this guy before he's gone.
And lol Kobe 7-24.
The media tells us that Kobe Bryant is the next best thing to Jordan for one reason and for one reason only .... $$$$$$ .... they needed a guy to "crown" as the best even though his stats prove otherwise.
What did Kobe do during that 3 and a half year span when he didn't have Shaq there? oh yea that's right! he didn't do much
Kobe as team leader without Shaq or Gasol ...
Lakers: 34-48 (failed to even make playoffs)
Lakers: 45-37 (ejected by PHX in first round)
Lakers: 42-40 (ejected by PHX again in first round)
Kobe cries to be traded because he knows he can't lead a team so "they" send him Gasol and the Lakers immediately hit a 10 game winning streak that started on Gasol's third game as a Laker and they finish the season 27-9 since Gasol's arrival.
playoff career totals--most of these he will finish #1 at before he retires
3-point field goal attempts – 1st (822)
3-point field goals made – 3rd (275)
Field goal attempts – 3rd (4,198)
Free throws made – 3rd (1,241)
Points – 3rd (5,280)
Minutes played – 3rd (8,165)
Field goals made – 4th (1,882)
Free throw attempts – 5th (1,522)
Steals – 7th (294)
Assists – 9th (988)
i wanted the last two in red for it to sink in...for all the "ballhog" lables the guy is still top 10 ALL TIME in playoff assists as a shooting guard. i picked playoff stats since there are always guys who put up regular season stats who can't back it up int he playoffs..ya know...guys like Tmac
look at gasol before and after kobe...look at any player's stats before and after teamed with kobe and you will in fact see what all objective observers see...Kobe makes everyone on his team better.
oh yeah and saying kobe failed in 2005-2008 until he got Gasol...wtf are you smoking dude why dont you look at the roster for those years:
18 Sasha Vujacic PG
8 Kobe Bryant SG
23 Von Wafer PG --rookie DNP
1 William "Smush" Parker G
11 Devin Green G ---rookie DNP
2 Aaron McKie PG/SG ---old DNP
24 Jim Jackson G/F ---old DNP
9 Laron Profit G/SF ---who?
4 Luke Walton SF
3 Devean George SF
7 Lamar Odom SF
43 Brian Cook PF
14 Stanislav Medvedenko PF/C
54 Kwame Brown PF/C The 'Ship is ours!
21 Ronny Turiaf * PF heart issue DNP all year
31 Chris Mihm C decent center for a year or 2
54 Andrew Bynum C rookie DNP
2006-2007 was basiclly the same roster and they still nearly took out the Suns in round 1, more proof kobe makes his teammates better, but only so much you can do with smush and kwame as your starters ...so tell me again why kobe did not lead this group of misfits to the title during those years???
i would apologize for going off topic but the OP pretty much derailed their own thread from post #1
its actually been like this his whole career...which is why the guy is a 1st ballot HOFer, 5x world champion 2x Finals MVP and is currently leading the league in scoring.
you do realize that teams defend the Lakers by packing the paint right? what does that leave open? jump shots, so who would you rather be taking those jump shots...fisher? artest? Gasol has whined this year about being asked to take shots from 15' out...he want to work in the paint...where we already have a bigger 7 footer plus about 4 defenders
the problem i have with your opinion is you are looking at isolated stats or games to try and prove some point that kobe is a "glorified tmac" which even the biggest kobe hater would laugh at.
there is no question, with kobe shooting odds are you have a chance to win
One more thing for the box score watchers...re-watch any game and you will see a significant portion of Kobe's shots are bail-out shots...where when all else fails someone like Gasol (who passes up good looks all the time it pisses me off) will pass him the ball with only a few seconds left on shot clock. so when you say 8/20...how many of those 20 were bail-out shots he HAD to take? 4-5 i bet on a nightly basis.
Well to be fair, and I'm a BIG BIG BIG Kobe Bryant fan, he keeps the ball for WAY too long some times and he puts himself in a position to FORCE stupid shots. When he is on fire, he makes those shots and he is the hero, but when he struggles, like yesterday, he can look like a guy that tries to do too much. But hey, that's Kobe and like you said, the stats/accomplishments speak for themselves! I prefer a guy like Kobe that wants it too much than a guy like Lebron that passes shots after shots in crunch time.