An article on Kobe "destroying" the franchise smh. http://espn.go.com/e...lakers-downfall
I can't help but roll my eyes at this.
I don't think Kobe Bryant is the cause fo the Lakers' "downfall," but it's just a cycle. Crazy to pin everything on him.
Really, if I were to blame one person it'd be David Stern, but lets ignore that detail entirely through a "blockbuster" piece.
I mean, sometimes teams just stop being good. Players age. Contracts eat up cap on the back end. Players sign elsewhere. Tendons tear.
Also, hilariously, the note that Kobe also nixed the Steve Nash trade? That would've been a good thing, ultimately.
Did Kobe alienate Dwight? Maybe. From everything we know they were oil and water from the get-go. None of that is Dwight's fault?
Anyway, the article will accomplish everything it sets out to do. Start a convo, gain traction and traffic, grab attention. Cool.
No mention of Dwight walking around with the stat sheet and demanding low-post touches, not MDA's P&R system.
@DrewGarrisonSBN people forget that even Nash called out Dwight in a a tactful way during the season.
I'm not blaming Dwight or Kobe, but this whole thing is tired and the re-hash is pointless. Didn't work, and it wasn't surprising.
Article presents itself as "Is Kobe the reason for the Lakers downfall?" and is written without intention of finding an answer or exploring
Article is written with clear self-answered question and message in hand, no intention of considering alternatives. No objectivity.
Pile on, it really doesn't matter. Lack of cap space and talent, poor coaching, trades not working, broken chemistry, injuries. Kobe's fault
I guess it is Kobe's fault David Stern vetod the trade, ultimately. Couldn't let CP3 play with him, no super teams.
In lighter news, I expect Kobe to go into a full Hit Em Up rant next time ESPN is brought up.
Edited by Majesty, October 20, 2014 - 11:35 AM.