You know i was at the gym today and it was eating at me the way Kobe struggled in game 3 and shot 10-29 and the lakers didnt go inside more and they lost. I could hear all the critics talking about how he is selfish and refuses to accept he isnt the same anymore and he needs to quit shooting if the lakers want to win, and i couldnt think of any reason they were wrong. But then it hit me, and I realized that game 3 was actually a perfect example of why KObe is so great and how he is a team player first and foremost.
Look, at the begining of game 1, the lakers pounded it inside and jumped out to a big 18 point lead and it became very clear that the lakers were the better team. All they have to do is dump it inside ad they win against a thunder team without the size or experience to match the lakers bigs. However, in Kobe's mind, he's not playing the thunder. He's playing for the title. He knows that he has to have it going in order to beat the cavs or magic in a 7 game series.
Kobe sat out the last 5 games of the season and really struggled with his shot. So knowing full well the lakers are in control of the series, does he play it safe and play the role of facilitator and pass and just try and get the win? No he sacrifices his image and his stats for the good of the team to try and shoot his way out of this slump. He has the willingness to take the criticism that comes with poor shooting games becasue he knows in the big picture, he has to be able to hit those shots if the lakers want the title.
Not only is kobe sacrificing his own image for the good of the team, but he is always thinking two steps ahead. He sees the big picture at all times. This is what makes him great. The rest of the league should take notice of what it takes to be a champion.
And to think I was almost fooled into thinking kobe doesnt know what he is doing, shame on me.
wow...you really thought into this..
that is one crazy way to look at things..
No matter how "great" ,haha, Kobe was in game 3 they still lost
please hop off kobes nuts lol. You thought WAY to much into this. What you say does make sense but I can almost guarentee that kobe was not thinking this much into it.
To be honest, those fadeaway contested 3's were some of the most selfless examples of leadership and team first attitude I've seen. John Stockton would be jealous.
Are you serious????
Kobe thinks so differently, that I wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly what he's thinking.
It kind of reminds me of a situation with Brandon Roy in last year's All-Star game. Roy told Kobe he wasn't going to go all out in the game and Kobe says, "I am. Going all out isn't something you can turn on and off. It has to be a mentality. You have to do it all the time." I know that sounds simple, but it's something I never thought about. Kobe thinks two steps ahead of everybody else, which is what makes him great.
Still though... He needs to get to the free-throw line. I didn't look at the boxscore, but I think he had zero attempts.
As Tezo said, great players are always going all out and thinking a step or 2 ahead of everyone else. Everyone is big and strong and athletic, you need to do something that separates you from everyone else. If you don't go all out all the time things like injuries happen, you can't think worst case scenario or stuff like that you have to do it.
That's not Kobe.
He shoots cause he's selfish. And when he misses he shoots more. When he shoots more they lose.
In wins this year:
20.3 shots per game at 47.5% and takes 3.7 three pointers a game
In loses this year:
23.6 shots per game at 42% and takes 5 threes
Stop trying to piece together some ridiculous excuse for him being selfish and shooting bricks.
It's the playoffs and he's the reason they lost yesterday, deal with it.
This makes no sense, its not like he missed 15-20 games and needs to get his rhythm and timing back. If they won Game 3 the series would be over and he could take 40 shots in Game 4. Last I checked he's a veteran player who's been thru many playoff runs which makes him taking all those shots pointless. The Lakers have so much talent that he doesn't need to get 35 or 40 pts for them to win. Also when you have Pau Gasol who's been the leading scorer on a team in the past and clearly a top scoring PF, Kobe doesn't have to dominate for the Lakers to win. This isn't the 2006 Laker team. Your wrong in thinking up 2-0 means your in complete control, though they'll probly win this series still. Actually its Durant who has to dominate since he's the best player on a young team.