KobeBryant1Coming from someone who has probably watched more film and made more videos on Kobe Bryant than anyone else on the planet, it’s even hard for me to imagine the guy can become a better player. Yet so far in this young NBA season, Kobe has proved his most loyal fans and followers wrong, again. It’s no question his unparalleled commitment with the game of basketball makes him the caliber of a player that he is. His eagerness to learn more footwork from Hakeem, one of the best foot-work big men in NBA history,  in the off-season is really starting to shine in Kobe’s game.

Something fans always talk about is how Kobe, getting older in age, should go to the post more often. This is simply an argument of the past; the time has come. This season Kobe has focused more on post-play, much like Jordan did in the past in his later years, and Kobe is absolutely dominating. Last night was the best example in the game vs. Memphis. Not only did Kobe focus on the post-play, he did it within the flow of the offense as Ron Artest pointed out despite not having Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the lineup:

“Tonight was the best because we wasn’t forcing the ball to him, and he (Kobe) worked for the ball. He didn’t just demand it and hog the ball, (if) we went away, we went away, but he continued to work for the ball…and it was totally (in) the offense. You know, sometimes he gotta do what he gotta do, he gotta be the greatest sometimes, but tonight was great because he was able to get it within the team concept… it was great.”

It’s no coincidence Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are acclimating Ron Artest more comfortably to the triangle, either. You can say all you want about Ron Artest, but his commitment to the Lakers and basketball has shadowed that of Bryant. The world can easily criticize Artest, but the fans of Los Angeles know that when it all comes together, this team will be very difficult to beat in any 7 game series. Ron is doing an absolutely fantastic job of shutting down the opposition defensively, which in result takes the burden off of Kobe; allowing him to further do damage offensively. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. The haters will hate on Ron, but the truth is, he is allowing Kobe to operate at a dangerous level offensively through Ron’s commitment to the defensive end for 48 minutes on the league’s best.

Speaking of the league’s “best,” last night Kobe became the youngest player to reach the 24,000 career point plateau. Something which shouldn’t surprise us but is always special to us fans. Even better, he passed up Allen Iverson on the all-time scoring list as well; something all us Lakers fans love to see. And while a lot of the milestones and accomplishments Kobe Bryant reaches doesn’t surprise us, he is bound to surpass Jerry West on the all-time scoring list as well. Jerry West – enough said.

14. ........JERRY WEST ................ 25192
15. ........PATRICK EWING ............. 24815
16. ........KOBE BRYANT ............... 24027
17. ........ALLEN IVERSON ............. 24020

a5f7572273f1182301fbcec6d54af937-getty-90040781ab028_grizz_lakersOne aspect the fans wanted to see was for Kobe to do more work in the post. As Jordan got up in age, he used his IQ and made post-play his strength. And if Jordan made the post-play his strongest aspect of his game, Kobe is making it his playground. What I love most is how he gaining post-position every time down the floor without the ball; pure dominance. Last night vs. Memphis, he not only went 19-30 from the floor, he shot 63% from the post field without attempting a single three-point attempt. This resulted in Kobe’s 3rd straight 40+ point performance, 99th of his career. There is no doubt in my mind, when rested and prepared, Kobe Bryant is still the best player in the game.

Despite his current 34.5ppg average, the Lakers are without Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. This means he won’t have to sustain these kind of numbers, but again, he’s moved his game into the post. He will have his highs and lows. He should and will pace himself for the post-season. Suffice to say, he scares me with his improved game and I’m a Lakers fan; poor league. His footwork is a simply a basketball dance of pure beauty; artwork if you will.

Even Olajuwon says these moves will benefit Bryant moreso than the bigs:

In my mind most of my moves for a guy (with) that agility can use it better than the big guy,” Olajuwon said. “Because my moves are not really for the big guy. It’s for the guards and small forwards. So he would benefit most on the post because of his agility.

I’m going to even claim that Kobe has the greatest post-game of all time for a perimeter player, yes, even better than Jordan. Kobe’s footwork is also up there with Hakeem as the best of all time and the league is his dance floor. Kobe has prepared himself to win as many rings as possible, learning as much as he can to improve himself and his team. All hail Kobe Bryant; he is simply taking over the league, once again, one step at a time.

  • KB24ForLife

    wow… does anyone else feel thats artest’s is comment is insulting towards kobe….? wow

    • daboss1848

      you’re reaching . . .

      • http://twitter.com/AceFreshh Freshh

        Cos

        • KB24ForLife

          what do you mean by cos fresh?

  • Vk2

    I wouldn’t call it insulting but he is kind of saying all kobe did before the griz game was hog the ball and that he doesn’t play within the offense.

    • daboss1848

      i just dont see any of that anywhere in his quote – you guys r just too hypersensitive to all things Kobe.

      • Vk2

        You really think this would make me hypersensitive? Plz. anyways WTH does he mean by “He didn’t just demand it and hog the ball, (if) we went away, we went away, but he continued to work for the ball…and it was totally (in) the offense.”

        • daboss1848

          the 1st thing ppl say when KB scores a lot of points is that he was hogging the ball and not working within the triangle . . . Artest was just cutting off that line of thought

          • WifelovesLuke

            Boss speaks with wisdom!

  • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

    I added in a quote from Olajuwon on his own moves.

    Also, they had to isolate and force the play into Kobe in the past few games. EVERY last shot tonight came within the flow of the offense. Artest is right.

    Think about the low shot clock post entries of the Thunder/Rockets game. It’s like night and day compared to the entry passes into Kobe against the Grizzlies.

  • Arturo

    I keep on reading on how kobe is getting better at his post moves and how this is a sign of his physical decline. I think its just kobe adding another facet to his game. He has always done it throughout his career, I think hes seeing the advantage that he has in the low post and is utilizing it to his advantage. Its just kobe adding to his arsenal

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    you take 100,000 shots you will get to 24,000 pts..shooting percentage isn`t mentioned,wonder why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/paulcamantigue Whatsa

      Um, 45.5%, that’s GOOD.

      http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kobe_bryant/career_stats.html

      And who cares if he took 100,000 shots, did you not know that teams always put their best defender on Bryant? Well maybe not always, but most of the time.

      And for your information, he’s taken only 18,000 shots, and yes I know you were exaggerating but you made it seem as if his achievement shouldn’t be rated so high.

    • Sean All Ivy

      If it takes 100,000 shots to win 4 rings I have no problem

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      he is just a hater
      whateva

    • http://www.mixmakers.net/forums/ Imadogg

      They didn’t mention FG% cuz he just passed Allen Iverson

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    no
    hakeem has still the best post moves ever
    and his footwork is unmatched
    kobe is amazing but not better than hakeem in the post

    • WifelovesLuke

      Didn’t you read Hakeem’s comments. He said His moves are better suited for guards. Even The Dream realizes that Kobe is better suited for the low post moves he is displaying that himself.

      Man, the level of reading comprehension by TLN is alarming. Did any of you even get a GED?

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        too bad you did not watch hakeem playing
        otherwise you would never say kobe has better post moves than the dream

        hakeem was the sickest ever
        and he is a center, so supposedly he should have less coordination and footwork than guards
        but that was not the case
        go watch some hakeem games before talking

        i got 2 degrees and a master btw
        what about u?

        • WifelovesLuke

          Book smart doesn’t make you a basketball genius and yes I watched the dream destroy Shaq in the finals to get his first Ship. Was he sick with his moves? Absolutely. I was addressing HIS comments. I never said Kobe was better in the post. Again, the reading comprehension for a guy with 2 degrees is just shameful and embarassing. Did you get your degrees from “Hooked on Ebonics”? lol By the way, Kobe’s career is not done yet and now that he is adding to his repitoir of post moves, it is yet to be seen if Kobe will be as good as Hakeem.

          • kobe-wan kenobi

            i stated that “hakeem has still the best post moves ever
and his footwork is unmatched
kobe is amazing but not better than hakeem in the post”

            and you attacked me in this way “Didn’t you read Hakeem’s comments. He said His moves are better suited for guards. Even The Dream realizes that Kobe is better suited for the low post moves he is displaying that himself.
Man, the level of reading comprehension by TLN is alarming. Did any of you even get a GED?”

            Too bad the one with reading comprehension problems it is you! YOU LITTLE ARROGANT SMARTA$$
            The topic of my comment was: “who has the best post move ever?”
            Unfortunately your reply/attack was not an answer about the same topic, but a quote about a different one: “what position is better suited for Hakeem’s post moves?”
            So while i state that Hakeem has the best post move ever, you reply saying that his moves are better suited for guards than centers…
            Your quote does not negate my comment.
            i agree with both statements.

            I guess you are one of those internet cowards, that has the courage to attack people without a reason and in such a disrespectful way, only because they feel protected hidden behind their keyboard. You feel such a macho uh? But you would never talk in this way to people in their face…
            If i am wrong, and you actually are so arrogant and disrespectful also when you are not hiding, i wish you good luck; since you really need it. Soon or later you are gonna find someone like me, that is gonna hit you in the face so quickly that you don’t even have the time to realize what is happening…

  • The man

    have you guys forgotten kareem and his post play….theres a reason why hes all time on the scoring list
    but if kobe scores around 2,000 points per season for about 7 seasons hell get it….unless he wants 2 average 40 a game since he doesnt need 2 play hard defense hell get it

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      yes the reason is that he played longer than anyone else

  • JackFraust305

    thats artest. He likes to make those backhanded comments but then again he worship Kobe so I would take them with a grain of salt. if kobe dont worry about them, there’s no reason to worry about it

    • WifelovesLuke

      Not a backhanded comment, just your lack of reading comprehension. Artest is complementing Kobe in the highest form and you’re just missing it.

      Another TLN member with GED education. Sad!

  • Eidraq

    great article….with kobe in the post more so than before, he’ll still be able to save some energy for later on in the season. it’s turning into a nice weapon for him.

  • WifelovesLuke

    “Ron is doing an absolutely fantastic job of shutting down the opposition defensively, which in result takes the burden off of Kobe; allowing him to further do damage offensively. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. The haters will hate on Ron, but the truth is, he is allowing Kobe to operate at a dangerous level offensively through Ron’s commitment to the defensive end for 48 minutes on the league’s best.”

    This is not being talked about enough. The combination of Ron’s defense and Kobe’s post play is keeping Kobe fresh for the long haul. When Gasol comes back and can take some of the scoring load off, Kobe will be in a position where he can pick and choose his shots for the remainder of the year. Let the Assasin do his thing….KILL!!!

    1-2-3 Ring!!

    • Snoopy2006

      With all due respect, WLL, I didn’t read Hakeem’s comment the way you did. I don’t think he was saying Kobe adapted the moves better than himself; rather, I think he was making a general comment that the footwork required of his post moves is more suitable to a wing player than the average big man. Hakeem, of course, is far from the average big man; he created some of that footwork and perfected other aspects.

      So I don’t see it as Hakeem saying Kobe is as good as himself. It was more of a comparison of Kobe to some of the other pupils he’s had (Thabeet, Okafor, etc.), and Hakeem simply meant that Kobe adapted those moves much easier than the other big men did. I agree that the book on Kobe is very much unwritten, and he could very well get there, but I just didn’t see Hakeem comparing himself to Kobe in his comments.

      (This is in response to your above comment, just giving it more room here instead of being nested all the way to the right and being unreadable).

  • gugy

    Kobe will be the GOAT.
    Time will tell.
    Once he retires, people will put him above Jordan. The records will speak for themselves.
    Wait and see.

    • WifelovesLuke

      Kobe needs to get atleast 2 more Ships to be in the same conversation as Jordan. If he gets 3 more?…..then there is no conversation.

      • gugy

        That’s what I mean.
        He still somewhat young and if the Lakers team stays healthy we have a good shot to get more than 2 more ships in the next 5 years.

        • Short Dog

          Thats right. Kobe is better than michelle jordan right now. Kobe will pass jordans championships before he retires. Kobe has a lot more game left and a lot of haters to shut up.
          Kobe MVP
          Lakers #1
          Big ups to Fern Dog and Gisy.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    When you say kill,you mean dynasty kill……right?

    • WifelovesLuke

      How you can read any of my above comments and insinuate that Kobe is a dynasty killer is just ignorant.

      But don’t feel bad….apparently you’re not alone in your ignorance. Just read farther up the page.

      1-2-3 Ring!!

  • ShannonBrown

    WifelovesLuke just because people don’t agree with you doesn’t mean you should act like they are less educated than you.

  • biff

    Wow, you guys seem like you want to blow Kobe. He is just a basketball player not your boyfriend.

  • http://kobewilldominateall.com wankus mcgee

    YOU GUYS ARE ALL HANGING ON KOBE”S NUTSACK!!!!

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      you jealous phagboy?

  • Harold

    Shaq is da man. Kobe is a scam

    • Short Dog

      I have respect for Shaq but not his fan anymore. Kobe is not a scam. 4 rings and countless of records. If you don’t like Kobe you must be a hater and not a Laker fan.

  • oh god really

    Before you guys say Kobe is the best post player in the history of the game, watch this video till the end and be prepared to be amazed.

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