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#1 Black Mamba

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Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:53 PM

Saw this on another Lakers fanboard, and I thought it was an interesting read. Kobe has some interesting insight on his role as a facilitator, MJ, and Lebron.

Are Lakers losing Kobe Bryant's waiting game?
Is he overdoing the facilitator role?

Bryant agreed that for probably the first time in his career, he has gone three postseason games without putting his stamp on any of them.

But, no, he's not ready to change anything yet.

"I'm going to stick to the script," he said. "I'm going to get the guys involved early, work it inside, get them going . . . and if that doesn't work, then go to me."

But, c'mon, it took nine minutes for him to score in Game 1, it required eight minutes for him to score in Game 2, and it was nearly halftime before he scored in Game 3.

The first two games, the Lakers survived. The third game, they imploded, with Bryant's fingerprints all over the wreckage. When he finally started looking for the basket, he couldn't find it, and the Lakers were lost.

Shouldn't he start doing a little more, a little earlier?

"Yeah, I will probably have to look for my shot a little earlier, maybe I've been waiting too long," he said, pausing. "But, still, I know what my job is."

He says his job is not to score 50 points in a losing playoff game as he did against Phoenix a couple of years ago.

His job is to lead this team to a championship.

With that smile, Kobe Bryant is asking us to trust him on this one.

"I've got a different role here now," he said. "I can't just go out there and shoot like crazy."

Numerous people have mentioned that Michael Jordan would never allow the Chicago Bulls to lose a game like Thursday night's -- his team would never blow a 13-point third-quarter lead while Jordan made only five of 24 shots.

Bryant shook his head.

"One big difference," he said. "Michael had Scottie Pippen. He had someone who could distribute the ball and keep everyone else involved."

Bryant momentarily sighed.

"Michael could come out and shoot the ball 40 times a game," Bryant said. "I can't do that."

Again, he smiled.

"Having someone like Pippen would be a big luxury for me, because scoring is what I do best, but it's OK," he said. "It's a challenge, and I welcome the challenge."

He's right. If the Lakers win the championship, it will be Bryant's finest NBA moment, because he will not have shot his team there, he will have led his team there.

Part of this leadership is understanding his teammates, and Bryant knows what happens if he comes out firing.

"I've done that, but then the rest of the team sits back and watches, and doesn't get into a rhythm, and it doesn't do us any good," he said. "Sometimes it's harder this way, but I've got to give them their opportunities first."

It is, truly, harder this way.

It is hard to know that the Lakers have the game's greatest scorer, yet are suffering through 39-point halves because he's spending most of his time passing.

It's hard to believe that, at age 30, with all the basketball he has played in the last 18 months, Bryant can still always just turn it on when necessary.

On Thursday, he couldn't. On Friday, he assured us that he would. Lamar Odom says we are fools if we don't listen.

"Of course Kobe will adjust," he said, shaking his head. "He's the best offensive player in the league, one of the best ever. He will not have a problem getting off."

Having addressed the issue of Michael Jordan, I asked Bryant about the other giant shadow over his shoulder, guy by the name of LeBron James.

Think the Cleveland Cavaliers star is scouting him these days?

"Of course he's watching, I know LeBron, he's watching everything I do, that's just his personality," Bryant said with a grin.

And, so, is Bryant studying James?

The smile ended.

"No," he said with a laser stare. "I could care less."

There. That's the Bryant we are used to seeing and hearing and feeling.

His leadership has been plentiful. A little more laser would be nice.

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#2 ファイナルファンタジ


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Posted April 24, 2009 - 11:41 PM

The Assassin! :o I feel he's going to be like that in game 4.

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#3 L.A.K.E.R


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Posted April 25, 2009 - 10:36 AM

Great read, I have faith in Kobe. He will NOT disappoint in Game 4.

#4 Windu



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Posted April 25, 2009 - 10:37 AM

you can't facilitate if your teammates don't show up to play.

Pau Gasol is GONE

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Posted April 25, 2009 - 11:26 AM

I have a good feeling about tonights game. Go Lakers!

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Posted April 25, 2009 - 01:15 PM

he knows when he needs to shoot so hes fine.
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#7 Grandpa Herman

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Posted April 25, 2009 - 05:41 PM

The smile ended.

"No," he said with a laser stare. "I could care less."

There. That's the Bryant we are used to seeing and hearing and feeling.

Is he kidding? Kobe almost never speaks his mind. He always gives politically correct answers. This was a great article to read simply because spoke his mind instead of acting like a politician.
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#8 GP1_KB24


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Posted April 25, 2009 - 06:55 PM

As you can tell at halftime...Kobe came out shooting.

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