I've blasted the Lakers all season for their pathetic season thus far, but today they're playing great, albeit it be against an average-to-good Utah team at home. Artest and Dwight each had 17, Nash had 15, just 2 assists but Kobe has 14 points, 14 assists, and 9 rebounds. And Gasol also had a huge game, 15 and 7 on 7-8 shooting in 25 minutes. I know he wants to start but he gives the second unit a much needed boost.
They're really playing with energy, and they're sharing the ball. If they can move the ball like this and play clamp down D like this as well, they can go far. As much I've chastised them, I have said that if they figure it out, they can be very dangerous. Remember, they have 4 Future Hall of Famers and even though they're not all healthy/in their primes, none of them are close to done, they can all still play at a very high level. This is still a legit team, and we shouldn't snooze on them.
We've seen performances from Kobe like this before, but if he can play like this more nights and keep his bigs happy,
When kobe is actually engaging his teammates they play well. Go figure hey haha but they did look good
The whole pau benching could pay off. I cant think of any team having a legit 6th man whos a big
Does anyone remember Kobe ever having so many assists before? I personally don't recall the last time he had double digit assists.
Late november I remember he had a triple double with 11 assists
kobe refrains for jacking up shots, do we really believe he can contain himself on a consistent basis???
Just saw on ESPN that said the lakers are 12-3 when Kobe takes less than 20 shots. Kobe is great, but when he gets 14 assists the Lakers look damn good.
This is what some of us have been clashing about all season. When we say Kobe is the problem, we dont mean he is a bad player or is not one of the GOATs. We mean what we saw last night. The usual response is Kobe is having one of his best seasons shooting. He cant do it all by himself. Last night showed what the team could do if Kobe took more of a leadership role on the court. When he goes out and compete: rebounding, getting in the passing lanes, taking GOOD SHOTS, PASSING the ball to his teammates, everyone else will follow suit. Its not about babysitting anyone or spoon feeding players, its simply about being a better teammate and playing to the team's strengths. Last night with 14,9,& 9 Kobe helped show us a glimpse of what this Laker team could be on a nightly basis. Hopefully we'll see more of this from Kobe and LA.