Kobe has one awesome teammate, in Gasol. Don't ever call Lamar Odom awesome, or anyone else on the team. Awesome is consistency and production. Odom has, cone again, dropped off the face of the Earth from where he was after Bynum went down to injury, and when Bynum was playing, Lamar was about as valuable as Jordan Farmar, who is worth about a third of his paycheck.
Any non-Lakers fan is in agreement here. Kobe and Gasol are the only consistent, solid players for this team. We couldn't trade Lamar because he's inconsistent. We couldn't trade Fisher because he's slow and takes ill-advised shots that he would never, ever make (thank God he can make them in the 4th quarter, but it still hurts us in 36 minutes).
Isn't it funny when you go to a Suns message board (or forum, like on RealGM) and you read about how Steve Nash was snubbed as an all-star starter? Do you laugh when Wizards fans fly off the handle because Caron Butler didn't make it in? Kings fans at Kevin Martin?
Well, start laughing at some of the comments on here, about how great Walton is, how solid Odom is as a player, how incredible Farmar and Vujacic are off the bench (which was being said last season), because it's all false. Start looking at the NBA without the purple and gold glasses, and you'll see how bad those players really are.
Uh, Gasol only got 12 shots a game on Kobe's ball hogging binge.
And as for those other players, maybe they'd be more consistent if they got to shoot it everynight instead of coming to watch Kobe chuck up 30 shots.
Lamar Odom was taking around 5 shots a game when Kobe was on his binge as well. As inconsistent as Lamar is, 5 shots is not going to cut it.
Fisher is a good 40% from 3. That's all you can ask.
You have a big man shooting 55% from the fied, there is NO EXCUSE for anybody to chuck over 25 shots a game. It is damaging to the team, and it will cost us in the playoffs.
That's why I stand by my ground, that when Bynum is fully healthy, he is our best player. He has a larger impact on defense, but most importantly on offense, him being there stops Kobe's excuse to chuck. Bynum improves Kobe's play. I can only hope that Gasol becomes more assertive and puts his foot down when Kobe goes into ballhog mode, and starts chucking like Iverson.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.