His teammates couldn't produce if given the chance. And if they did, none of them can play defense, so any offense is a moot point.
Let Kobe shoot at will, it's really the only thing (aside from the occasional Ed Davis play) worth watching on this team.
I disagree. These guys have been playing basketball for over half of their lives...it doesn't change.
The problem is noone knows what Kobe's gonna do on any given play. It's hard to be consistent or react the right way when you're constantly guessing.
Just because Kobe passes the ball when he gets doubled doesn't mean the player he passed the ball is in position to score, in a spot he's comfortable scoring from or is in rhythm.
Kobe is NOT a point guard or floor general. It's darn near impossible for team to get or sustain chemistry with the ball in the hands of your SCORER 90% of time.
Blaming Kobe's teammates isn't just wrong, it's backwards. If this team ran the offense thru the PG and BIGS like it's SUPPOSED TO, everyone would be able eat on a consistent basis. Our problem for the LONGEST time has been too much emphasis on perimeter scoring and not enough post play, inside-out passing or off ball scoring/movement.
As long as Kobe free-lances, there is no need blame anyone else.
As long as we don't run a reliable offense thru the post, we shouldn't blame anyone else.
As long as Kobe is the primary ball handler, we can't even PRETEND to claim everyone else has equal chance score or be in rhythm.
This isn't new. As long as Kobe was in his prime and could do amazing things, people gave him a pass. The truth is, it was never good basketball...just a truly transcendent talent doing things noone could predict or defend.
Now, it's caught up with us. Now, there is no excuse for it. You can't consistently build around that. And now that Kobe's past his prime and he can't do what he once did, now you want to excuse it by saying his teammates are timid or don't want to shoot?
Everybody on this team is playing to get paid except Kobe. Scoring get's you paid. So why would they NOT want to shoot?
And this post is to everyone, not just fido...