Bryant going 2-14 in the first half against the Detroit Pistons would usually mean the Lakers were down by at least double digits.
The Lakers as a whole shooting under 30% in the first half would mean that they were down by 20 or so.
But that didn’t happen because of Defense, taking care of the ball, and intensity.
Three things that the Los Angeles Lakers rarely if ever put all together in one game last season and this was against one of the top teams in the east.
I know Kobe answered the mannerisms questions last week with, “Some people just need to get a life. It’s Silly. They try too hard to read into things that just aren’t there.”
But, if you were watching that game there was definitely a sense of cohesiveness, a trust in each other, and a will to succeed as a group.
Instead of Kobe shooting himself out of a slump he helped the team in other ways, with his intense defense on Richard Hamilton. Lamar Odom and in stretches the second unit, took the scoring load and Kobe trusted his teammates on the offense end.
As far as reading into the mannerisms, I am sorry Kobe but I had too.
Kobe Bryant, diving on the floor for a loose ball and shaking his head vigorously with intensity on his face, Farmer and Kobe meeting at half court bumping each other’s chest. There was also the fast break with Farmar saving the ball out of bounce, Evans recovering it, and then lobbing it to Bynum for the slam dunk.
I think Kobe might have underestimated this team, and the progress each player has made has surprised him. Lamar coming back strong after surgery, Bynum looking bigger and stronger, a healthy Radmanovic, a talented Luke Walton, now the 6th man in a more deeper rotation, and of course the leadership of Derek Fisher.
Now the Lakers could lose the next 5 games in a row and this would all be irrelevant but the collectiveness I saw last night was the first time since the 2006 playoffs that I saw everybody picking each other up, everybody feeling they have a place on this team, and each player contributing noticeably.
The Lakers are 5-3, 6-2 if we would of won against Houston opening night which was a heartbreaking loss to say the least. All that being said we have had one of the most difficult schedules in the NBA.
They say that winning solves everything and hides the drama behind closed doors.
Winning camouflaged Kobe and Shaq’s problems for 5 years.
Winning may just solve our current problem as well.