He does what every coach that has coached the Lakers does in a late game jam, give the ball to Kobe and hope he makes the right play.
If only there was some coach here that had game plans for late in the game or any kind of authority to exercise a plan.
With the exception of a few very well executed out of bounds plays like the one vs the Hornets which of course he'll never get credit for here.
It didn't start with our current coach.
Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.
Though more times this year because we have Nash I've seen him make some game saving plays off of Kobe's passes of course and once or twice on isos off screens.
But at the end of the day it's Kobe's team and it's Kobe's call to make.
Kobe himself said that it was his mistake taking 8 of the 9 last shots in the game against the wizards despite the plays drawn up and promised to be more balanced.
Blame D'antoni all you want for that but Kobe has done that before with coaches before him as well.
As did Jordan.
So we gonna single out D'antoni or we gonna put it on every coach who throws him the ball late in games?
It wasn't what D'antoni asked, and it was something D'antoni was pissed about and told Kobe about after the game. Kobe agreed.
But know why Kobe did that? Kobe had just sat in the Suns game and watched his team go down cause they were exhausted and he wanted to be out there.
Now he saw them battling after the 5 minute 11 point swing. So in his mind he wanted to help his teammates like he couldn't prior, and it wound up hurting us.
All those things he agreed with and D'antoni's addressed. Sometimes Kobe "cares too much" and wants to do everything and after sitting out watching the Suns game it kicked into overdrive.
So the 11 point swing was on Gasol's lack of interior defense and effort, and the late game iso's were on Kobe.
Then again it worked in other games and no one shows up to bash it.
Darned if he does darned if he doesn't.
If the ball goes to Nash late in games and he misses the shot, people will pick it apart all day with how 7"open" Kobe might have been and how stupid of a coach we have to choose someone other than Kobe.
But if it goes to kobe and he misses then its the coaches fault for being"unoriginal"
Darned if you do or don't. His greatest crime is "not" being Phil Jackson.
The same things have happened under Phil, we just had a better record and he had rings.
Evenso, the last 2 months we got ourselves in position to be IN the playoffs.
And since all star break had a 12-1 home record(with 7 straight) and was playing the 2nd best defense in the league, first in the previous 5 games. We've also been the best post all-star break team in the western conference.
Amazing how suddenly all of that is irrelevant after a loss to the Wizards and now we are "terrible" again.
But it is what it is.
Edited by Majesty, March 24, 2013 - 02:24 PM.