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#1 BeeZee

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 01:52 PM

Kobe Bryant isn’t a ball hog and has more than 4,000 assists to prove it. Or is he?

The Lakers’ No. 3 all-time leading scorer ranks 71st among the all-time NBA assists leaders with 4,284. Pretty impressive for the 13th-year veteran.

That is, until you notice that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, two of the game’s greatest scorers, rank higher on the list at Nos. 34 and 56. Even Kevin Garnett is at No. 61. Remember, all three are post players, normally the recipients of passes, not playmakers.

Bryant is lumped far down the list with No. 74 Charles Barkley, the game’s notorious ball hog who was largely responsible for the NBA instituting the 5-second rule.

As a footnote, Jerry West, the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer, ranks No. 24 on the all-time career assists list with 6,238, proving you can score and dish off the ball.


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Posted February 24, 2009 - 01:57 PM

KG has more assists than Kobe ? WTF ???????????????

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 02:08 PM

KG has more assists than Kobe ? WTF ???????????????





for the 1st 10 years of his career, KG was allergic to taking shots in the 4th quarter...especially if the game was close
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Posted February 24, 2009 - 02:17 PM

kobe is being compare to people whose careers are over interesting

i'm willing to bet hes around 6 or 7,000 by careers end
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Posted February 24, 2009 - 02:47 PM

He spent two seasons on the bench. 4k is a lot.

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:00 PM

Everyone knows that Kobe has been a ballhog.

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:09 PM

Everyone knows that Kobe has been a ballhog.

No, he wasn't. He just had a hard time trusting his teammates.

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:15 PM

No, he wasn't. He just had a hard time trusting his teammates.

And therefore was a ballhog.

When you play at the parks, and one dude thinks he's better than the rest of his teammates, he keeps the ball every single possession and shoots everything.

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:19 PM

The problem is, for a couple of years, he was extremely better than his teammates. The best for the team was him shooting a lot.
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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:20 PM

And therefore was a ballhog.

When you play at the parks, and one dude thinks he's better than the rest of his teammates, he keeps the ball every single possession and shoots everything.


Hmm.. yes, but Kobe wasn't that way. When he realized that his teammates wanted to play and wanted to score, he was more than happy to pass it. And whenever his teammates didn't look like it, he himself did everything to win the ballgame (and still does).

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:25 PM

go check out the stat totals for kareem and wilt, and you will see kobe avg's just around the same as they do. they just played more than he did, for instance kareem was playing 3000+ mins for just about his entire career decreasing a lil as he went into his last 5 seasons, but kobe on the other hand did not even play 3000mins in a season until his 6tsh season. so yes kobe is 71st on the assist list but let kobe play until his 20th season and im sure he will have just as much if not more



Kareem had 3,441 assists by his 11th season
Wilt had 4,643 assists at the end of his career
Jerry West had 6238assist at the end of his
Kobe currently has 4284 assists-- including this season

kobe is ahead and on pace to pass both kareem and wilt in assists, to pass Jery West kobe would need to get no less than 350 assists/season for the next 6 seasons. his lowest total in the last 5 seasons is 330 so id say he can definitely do it

and IF kobe were to play 20seasons (which i doubt, but would love to see) he would surely pass them all in points as well. Many LakerHaters would say kobe is a ball hog, but if you are going to compare it to the stats of these NBA Legends he is most certainly not.

sad the OCregister is hating on kobe... he lives in OC too. not too far from my house in fact just on the border of newport and irvine in shady canyons


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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:27 PM

Hmm.. yes, but Kobe wasn't that way. When he realized that his teammates wanted to play and wanted to score, he was more than happy to pass it. And whenever his teammates didn't look like it, he himself did everything to win the ballgame (and still does).

I know, I remember living through the Kwame years.

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:50 PM

for the 1st 10 years of his career, KG was allergic to taking shots in the 4th quarter...especially if the game was close

He still is...

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 07:44 PM

Kobe is a ballhore /thread

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 09:35 PM

Kobe had to be a ball hog in 04-05

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Posted February 24, 2009 - 11:04 PM

Assists are such an overrated stat, however, you dish the ball ,and your teammate has to MAKE the shot. What if you made a great pass ,but your teammate doesn't even make the shot? No assists, that's why I see them as overrated. They'll only count if it goes in..

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 12:12 AM

This is soooo 1999. Kobe is a ballhog--what an ancient idea.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 02:44 AM

Assists are such an overrated stat, however, you dish the ball ,and your teammate has to MAKE the shot. What if you made a great pass ,but your teammate doesn't even make the shot? No assists, that's why I see them as overrated. They'll only count if it goes in..

Very true, I see so many games where Kobe gives it to a WIDE OPEN 3 shooter, or even someone under the rim and they miss.

With that being said, assists show a damn lot. Players wouldn't consistently get 10-15+ assists and keep finding the open man without having great passing ability.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 05:18 AM

As much as it sucks to think, I trust the ability of Kobe taking a shot over any other sharpshooter of the league...he just instills that kind of mentality in me.

Then ppl can argue that he can pass to ppl under the basket, negating the shot selection of that player....blah blah blah....

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 07:07 AM

The article fails to mention that Kareem amassed his assist total over a 20year career and Kobe has yet to finish his 13th season.
In regards to Wilt, he played 14 seasons and Kobe will pass him next season barring injury.
Kevin Garnett has been in the league longer and played many more minutes earlier in his career than Kobe. Garnett started and played a combined 120 games and 5288 minutes in his first two seasons, while Kobe started 7 games and played a total of 3159 minutes in his first two sesons.




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