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#1001 Clutch Factor

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Posted Yesterday, 05:56 PM

I thought Kobe played well those 6 games (especially every other game which includes the Suns, former Bobcats, and Grizzlies). Turnovers were a glaring obstacle, but that was genuinely expected. For someone at 35 years old coming back from an Achilles injury with no training camp, no preseason, an influx of new teammates, competition against other who had training camp/preseason/season experience...he did well. 

 

I'm flabbergasted people think Kobe will have trouble scoring and hence his PPG will drastically decrease. Scoring will never be a problem for Kobe, a player that can use a variety of moves (jab steps, pump fakes, et cetera) to outwit and ultimately beat his defender. At 36 years old, his athleticism and defense may decline. But that's what everyone said before 2013 and somehow he played five years younger and thus the nickname "Vino" was born. 

 

My doubts about Kobe do not have to do with his production. I'm worried about his health. I mean, no one expected Kobe to reinjure himself so soon with the fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. Everyone was expecting the epic comeback and that Kobe would prove everyone wrong. He did prove them wrong by returning and playing well but inconsistently. However he wasn't able to sustain the rest of the season.



#1002 Majesty

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Posted Yesterday, 06:31 PM

I think Kobe's knee was injured since the Festus Elizi clash.

The most important thing was that in that 6 games his achillies wasn't an issue holding him back. Just him being in shape and having his timing down.

The easiest things to fix, are being in shape and getting timing back.

Kobe has had 6 months to train so I don't think either will be too much of a problem. Once more his health is the biggest thing and if he doesn't have to be the 'do everything' then I don't think we'll have to worry as much. Anything can always happen in basketball but it won't be the same way we worry about Nash. And I hope it never gets to that point, ever.

Edited by Majesty, Yesterday, 06:34 PM.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:04 PM

Last season had Kobe not injured his knee, he would be fine averaging 23-24 eventually. He just didn't have the game rhythm and no real preparation for playing.

 

vs Toronto - 2/9 FG 0/3 3FG 5/7 FT ------- 9 points 8 rebounds 4 assists 8 turnovers

vs Phoenix - 6/11 FG 0/2 3FG 8/8 FT -----20 points 2 rebounds 3 assists 3 turnovers

@ OKC - 2/6 FG ------------------------------- 4 points 2 rebounds 13 assists 7 turnovers

@ Charlotte - 8/15 FG 2/5 3FG 3/3 FT --- 21 points 7 rebounds 8 assists 7 turnovers

@ Atlanta - 4/14 FG 0/5 3FG 0/1 FT ------- 8 points 3 rebounds 6 assists 5 turnovers

@ Memphis - 9/18 FG 1/1 3FG 2/2 FT ---- 21 points 5 rebounds 4 assists 4 turnovers

 

3 good games : 20.7 ppg 4.7 rpg 5 apg

3 bad games : 7 ppg 3.7 rpg 7.7 apg

 

 

Kobe is still Kobe, same talent. Lack of conditioning, not playing a single game for 8 months will do this to you. You can go and check how Jordan played when he returned to basketball in 1995.







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