Ben Gordon, Nowitzki and Anthony are NBA superstars. Dirk Nowtzki tries on defense Role players such as Ariza, Odom, Sasha, Farmar, are younger players who need to score a bit to gain confidence.
We have a younger squad, and younger players tend to lack confidence. We have capable defenders who are inconsistent. These inconsistent players play their best defense when they are able to be involved in the offense.
If we had Battier and Bowen, that'd be great. Those guys are veterans, and have always been mentally tough. But that's not our squad. Kobe needs to understand the squad he is working with, and he should know that jacking up 38 shots is not the way to go. Completely unacceptable.
Dude, haha...they are not capable defensive players. Jordan Farmar isn't going to suddenly gain lateral quickness just because he's making shots. Hell, more than likely, he'd get even slower after attempting four or five threes.
When has Vujacic ever played defense? Even when he dropped 15-20 points, he never played a lick of defense. His ability to hang all over guys like a fur coat gets him in trouble, like it did against Chris Paul.
Odom isn't young. He's considered an NBA veteran (10th season now).
Ariza isn't scoring, but he's still playing defense (or trying his hardest to). Kobe gave him that three to cut the lead late in the game, and he took five seconds just to brick it.
Blaming Kobe for everyone else's defensive mishaps...? Doesn't make any sense at all. Confidence doesn't make you a good defensive player, and neither does offensive production.