He does but then he doesn't. The best thing I read to describe Kobe is that he knows the right play but trust himself more. A lot of times Kobe can be a ball hog for the sole reason he just doenst trust anyone else on the floor to get it done at that particular time.
That usually happens when other guys aren't moving though. I do notice when the team is actually playing like a team Kobe often waits in the weeds to do his thing and passes.
But when they play malaise as he puts it, then he puts the hard hat on and tries to carry them through the rough time till they find themselves.
The problem is once he starts doing that they often stop feeling the need to find themselves and would rather he carry them. Unless he's not there to fall back on.
See I remember the year with the Bulls when Rose basically played through all those injuries to carry them through the season, they played BAD, and Rose had to push himself to carry them. Pushed himself through injury, once he was down THEN they started playing hard, and after an off-season to prepare, then they played the way they played this season. But the truth of the matter is had they played that way with that much determination when Rose was healthy, he wouldn't have had to push himself beyond exhaustion and through the brinks in order for them to win games.
Same can be said of the Lakers, when Kobe went down they played with a sense of urgency, a sense of urgency that had they played with before, Kobe wouldn't have had to do all he had to do to keep us alive in games.
What Kobe needs or wants from his teammates is for them to have the same sense of urgency that he does on every night, that's nearly an unrealistic possibility, especially last year when his main backup(Meeks) was there only because he hoped Kobe would carry him to a title(thus why he had the worst year of his career).
This year is hopefully different.
There is a difference, even the Mike Brown, Lakers team played with a sense of urgency. When Kobe sat out for 10 games, they went 9-1 or something during that stretch. Carried it for 3 games into the playoffs while Kobe was back... and then..back to malaise.
That can't happen.
I think that's another reason why Mitch got guys that not only want to be here but have something to prove.
just my 2 cents.
Agree with the rest of what you said.