Was that Hardens second or third year in the league?? Other than Magic Johnson, who performed well in their first year or three in the finals?? Damn sure wasn't Kobe?? Two airballs against Utah I believe...Oops!! Conference finals...The stage wasn;t as big...My bad..And yup Kobe and LeBron choked...SOOOOOO Harden will win multiple championships I guess ?????
Didn't I own you already like 2 pages back when you tried to pull out the same BS?
Kobe won the pivotal game in the finals on one foot when Shaq fouled out against Reggie Miller and the Pacers at 21 years old.
Harden also isn't a better 'instinctive passer' than Kobe. Kobe that mastered the triangle at 21 so he could make Shaq look good in it and find every shot for him? The same Kobe that was a walking triple double during our second half of the season run?
Kobe has always been a great instinctive passer, his offense just overshadowed that, but if Shaq admits he had no idea what the triangle offense as and that Kobe mastered it to find him in it, that takes a lot. I don't see Harden ever being able to do that for Dwight or another player at 21 let alone 23.
You can't say Harden is the better instinctive passer when Kobe himself passed lead him in assists, stats wise and career wise Kobe has always been a great passer, whether he was in the triangle and got no credit for it or otherwise.
Oh his airballs against Utah? You talking about the year Kobe averaged about 25 mins a game and was such a pivotal role in the offense that in the entire playoffs in general he averaged a whopping 11 points?
You mean the year where Kobe was a 28% three point shooter? Kobe missing those threes had nothing to do with him being clutch, it had everything to do with the fact he wasn't a three point shooter. Kobe killed you from mid range, if he ever shot the ball from three it was out of desperation.
Kobe was a HORRID three point shooter early in his career, he would shoot 46% from the field yet 28% percent from three.
IN FACT our championship year in 2001-2002 which is the year a lot of people felt he took the team from Shaq, he shot 46% from the field and 25% from three....
Kobe didn't develop a three point shot till it was required of him the very next year, and he developed it that summer, came back and shot 38% from three the next year.
There's a difference between a guy that doesn't get consistent minutes, whose coach uninvolves so much in the offense that he averages 11 during the playoffs and is a 28% three point shooter, airballing two three pointers and a guy who is the focal point of your offense and man on your team that is a career 37% three point shooter and 44% shooter from the field, suddenly shooting 35% from the field and 19% from three when the lights got bright.
Let's NOT try to play that game and say we did
Wished you'd have learned your lesson from the first time. Carry on
Edited by Majesty, August 07, 2013 - 11:32 PM.