Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant Taking Over Won’t Do Young Core ‘Any Good’
D’angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, And Lakers Search For Chemistry

After their second consecutive loss to start this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for answers in hopes of turning things around quickly.

Kobe Bryant spoke about himself needing to take a step back and let the young kids grow and head coach Byron Scott agrees with him.

According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, Scott said that if Kobe tries to take over they will never find out what they have in the young players:

“If he tries to take over every single time, then it’s not going to do [our young players] any good. You’ve got to see what they’re made of.”

It sounds as if coach and player are on the same page which is definitely a good thing. Surely it won’t be an overnight thing for Kobe to just cede control as he has been the main player on the Lakers for more than 10 years, but the fact that he understands it needs to happen is a good sign.

So far, the person who looks most ready to take over is Jordan Clarkson, who is second behind Kobe averaging 18 points so far. That is to be expected, however, as he is the only one of the three main young players with NBA experience. Julius Randle followed a solid opener with a dud in his second game, while D’Angelo Russell improved in his second game after taking over lead ballhandler duties.

Whatever the case may be, the main focus of the Lakers this season is developing the young players into the core that will lead this team back to championship contention. That sentiment is seems to be shared throughout the entire organization.

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  • It might be better if Kobe went on vacation and took BS with him . Because this game plan did not work.

  • It might be better if Kobe went on vacation and took BS with him . Because this game plan did not work. Its CLARKSONS team now take charge.

  • The team sucks. It’s that simple. Bad coach, bad players.
    But Byron says these young guys have to develop, so he benches Russell in game 1 then only plays Randle 16 minutes last night

  • The team sucks. It’s that simple. Bad coach, bad players.
    But Byron says these young guys have to develop, so he benches Russell in game 1 then only plays Randle 16 minutes last night

  • That falls on the SO CALLED COACH, these guys have not been taught any thing , with coaching these

  • That falls on the SO CALLED COACH, these guys have not been taught any thing or they would be playing better together, and we should have our starters and bench set up by now.

  • This is the right decision. The team is clearly not good enough to be competitive in the West yet. Lets work on building up these young guys for the future.

  • This is the right decision. The team is clearly not good enough to be competitive in the West yet. Lets work on building up these young guys for the future.

  • he keeps saying the same thing kobe says, the good thing is that ben simmons here we come

  • Um, Russell had 2 quick fouls in the 1st game trying to guard Rubio of all people. He needed to be benched

  • he keeps saying the same thing kobe says, the good thing is that ben simmons here we come

  • Um, Russell had 2 quick fouls in the 1st game trying to guard Rubio of all people. He needed to be benched

  • gotta start giving anthony brown and larry nance minutes and stop playing kelly

  • What Scott says and what he does are two different things. It’s good that he’s calling Kobe out, but whether Scott actually benches him or limits him is another story.

  • gotta start giving anthony brown and larry nance minutes and stop playing kelly

  • What Scott says and what he does are two different things. It’s good that he’s calling Kobe out, but whether Scott actually benches him or limits him is another story.

  • So Byron just parrots exactly what Kobe said. He’s not really Kobe’s coach, that is evident, he is just his minder, or babysitter.

  • So Byron just parrots exactly what Kobe said. He’s not really Kobe’s coach, that is evident, he is just his minder, or babysitter.

  • Their young but now they have a chance to grow together with out warring about getting the ball to KOBE.

  • Their young but now they have a chance to grow together with out warrying about getting the ball to KOBE.

  • I can’t believe how far the Lakers have fallen. I know all great franchises have down yrs, but this is truly pathetic. I love Kobe, but they should let him let him go when FA hit. Hate seeing him go out like this.

  • I can’t believe how far the Lakers have fallen. I know all great franchises have down yrs, but this is truly pathetic. I love Kobe, but they should let him let him go when FA hit. Hate seeing him go out like this.

  • Kobe can’t take over. But he doesn’t want to admit it. He needs to pick his spots better and let the offense come to him. Others need to follow suit as well.

  • Kobe can’t take over. But he doesn’t want to admit it. He needs to pick his spots better and let the offense come to him. Others need to follow suit as well.

  • Why not 6th man him? He can be like a Crawford and do whatever he wants with the 2nd unit. That ways the young guys on the 1st unit can get some chemistry together. It’s about them now, not Kobe.

  • Why not 6th man him? He can be like a Crawford and do whatever he wants with the 2nd unit. That ways the young guys on the 1st unit can get some chemistry together. It’s about them now, not Kobe.

  • It is about the young guys, but they have to step up. Randle played terrible last night and only played 16 minutes. Clarkson has played well regardless of sharing the court with Kobe. Russell is the one that needs to mature since he’s the only rookie who plays.
    First, Russell must develop in the gym, then bring it onto the court.

  • It is about the young guys, but they have to step up. Randle played terrible last night and only played 16 minutes. Clarkson has played well regardless of sharing the court with Kobe. Russell is the one that needs to mature since he’s the only rookie who plays.
    First, Russell must develop in the gym, then bring it onto the court.

  • I just read that Larry Nance is off the Lakers injury list. so i hope to see more Larry less Kelly or Bass. & Hope to see more AB. he looks like he will be a 40%+ 3pt shooter

  • That’s what i’m saying. If you take Kobe out of the starting lineup, that’s more touches for guys like Russell, Randle and Clarkson. With Kobe in the lineup, someone’s touches are gonna be limited, and that happens to be Russell right now.

  • I just read that Larry Nance is off the Lakers injury list. so i hope to see more Larry less Kelly or Bass. & Hope to see more AB. he looks like he will be a 40%+ 3pt shooter

  • That’s what i’m saying. If you take Kobe out of the starting lineup, that’s more touches for guys like Russell, Randle and Clarkson. With Kobe in the lineup, someone’s touches are gonna be limited, and that happens to be Russell right now.

  • Yeah, if you’re trying to get better on D, it’s a good idea to play guys who can defend whether they’re scoring or not.

  • He looks better at the 4. But him & Bass on the floor together doesnt look good at all. Nance is a known good defender & he can hit the 3.

  • No, you’re just a Kobe apologists who can’t your bias aside for him.

  • Yeah, if you’re trying to get better on D, it’s a good idea to play guys who can defend whether they’re scoring or not.

  • He looks better at the 4. But him & Bass on the floor together doesnt look good at all. Nance is a known good defender & he can hit the 3.

  • No, you’re just a Kobe apologists who can’t your bias aside for him.

  • no i know basketball kobe has not been an issue with this team nothing improves with him on the bench

  • We have enough offensive players. We need some perimeter defense. Our bench with a mix of defense & offense should be
    Pg- Marcelo
    Sg-Lou
    Sf-Nick
    Pf-Nance or AB in certain games for faster pace catch & shoot
    C-Black

  • no i know basketball kobe has not been an issue with this team nothing improves with him on the bench

  • We have enough offensive players. We need some perimeter defense. Our bench with a mix of defense & offense should be
    Pg- Marcelo
    Sg-Lou
    Sf-Nick
    Pf-Nance or AB in certain games for faster pace catch & shoot
    C-Black

  • not true. with out kobe on the court atm the teams assists%, fg%, offensive efficentcy and defensive efficentcy is all down.

  • not true. with out kobe on the court atm the teams assists%, fg%, offensive efficentcy and defensive efficentcy is all down.

  • unless we go with a 2 pg roation we stuck with this line up because we are running three pgs

  • Yeah but it looks like Nick & Lou trust him. & when Huertas is not in the game they play iso ball. But i am surprised nick isnt ball hogging this year so far.

  • unless we go with a 2 pg roation we stuck with this line up because we are running three pgs

  • Yeah but it looks like Nick & Lou trust him. & when Huertas is not in the game they play iso ball. But i am surprised nick isnt ball hogging this year so far.

  • The team needs to trade Bass and Young and stop playing Huertas. Lou Russ and Clarkson can handle the guards rotations. Make Brown the backup sf play Nance at PF and find a better backup center

  • The team needs to trade Bass and Young and stop playing Huertas. Lou Russ and Clarkson can handle the guards rotations. Make Brown the backup sf play Nance at PF and find a better backup center

  • Wrong…Kobe has 1 of the worse DPM on the Lakers for the normal guys in rotation. And his Offensive Rating is dead last on the Lakers right now. Get out of here with that.

  • Byron could still have Russell playing with those guys. Russell and Clarkson should be getting 35 mins per game each

  • his personal stats dont look great but his team stats look great.

    again u dont know basketball

  • Wrong…Kobe has 1 of the worse DPM on the Lakers for the normal guys in rotation. And his Offensive Rating is dead last on the Lakers right now. Get out of here with that.

  • Byron could still have Russell playing with those guys. Russell and Clarkson should be getting 35 mins per game each

  • his personal stats dont look great but his team stats look great.

    again u dont know basketball

  • Thats all we have man. Thats our roster. But our bench is whats keeping us in games this year. so The offense for the bench is whats going to help this year. Our starters have to keep the games close until the bench come in. unless Kobe feels like sharing the ball & stop shooting just 3s

  • Thats all we have man. Thats our roster. But our bench is whats keeping us in games this year. so The offense for the bench is whats going to help this year. Our starters have to keep the games close until the bench come in. unless Kobe feels like sharing the ball & stop shooting just 3s

  • stager the pg pt with jc and russ and make brown the starting sf

    put either russ or jc off the bench and put kobe back at the two

  • stager the pg pt with jc and russ and make brown the starting sf

    put either russ or jc off the bench and put kobe back at the two

  • First of all, the Lakers are rebuilding, and Kobe is not helping with that if he continues clanking 3’s all game and season. So what they are bad without him on the court, they ain’t even close to a Playoff team, it’s about letting the young guys see what they and getting chemistry.

  • I agree Russell needs more minutes & should be the primary ball handler. hes 19 & looks like Russell is on a minutes restriction like a old man Kobe

  • First of all, the Lakers are rebuilding, and Kobe is not helping with that if he continues clanking 3’s all game and season. So what they are bad without him on the court, they ain’t even close to a Playoff team, it’s about letting the young guys see what they and getting chemistry.

  • I agree Russell needs more minutes & should be the primary ball handler. hes 19 & looks like Russell is on a minutes restriction like a old man Kobe

  • Seems like Kobe is more into picking up accolades and achievements. You would think a guy who has been around the game so long still won’t adjust his game when he knows he can’t do it no more.

  • Seems like Kobe is more into picking up accolades and achievements. You would think a guy who has been around the game so long still won’t adjust his game when he knows he can’t do it no more.

  • Whenever Kelly is on the floor we need to compliment him with defense and athleticism. Bass isn’t the right guy to pair with him. Should be Black and/or Nance on the floor with Kelly.

    He’s been playing decently though.

  • its also about putting the best possible team on the court as offten as possible and that still means kobe as much as possible.

    kobe is still by far our best player

  • Whenever Kelly is on the floor we need to compliment him with defense and athleticism. Bass isn’t the right guy to pair with him. Should be Black and/or Nance on the floor with Kelly.

    He’s been playing decently though.

  • its also about putting the best possible team on the court as offten as possible and that still means kobe as much as possible.

    kobe is still by far our best player

  • Bass has been disappointing. They need to trade him. He’s not as good as Black at defense and rebounding and not as good as Kelly at stretching the floor.

  • I like when AB starts. But we have to wait for Kobe to get hurt again or his rest day. During preseason AB shot was money from the 3point line. He should be more of a cutter on offense to get to the hoop

  • Bass has been disappointing. They need to trade him. He’s not as good as Black at defense and rebounding and not as good as Kelly at stretching the floor.

  • I like when AB starts. But we have to wait for Kobe to get hurt again or his rest day. During preseason AB shot was money from the 3point line. He should be more of a cutter on offense to get to the hoop

  • Kobe is my all time favorite player & its getting hard to watch him play. He only plays great when Lebron comes to town. to bad we dont play the cavs 82 games then we would see the best of Kobe lol

  • Kobe is my all time favorite player & its getting hard to watch him play. He only plays great when Lebron comes to town. to bad we dont play the cavs 82 games then we would see the best of Kobe lol

  • And that means what? He’s not helping the young guys at all. And for the record, Kobe has an Offensive Rating of 64 which is dead last. Basketball Reference.Com You don’t know what you talking about as usual.

  • And that means what? He’s not helping the young guys at all. And for the record, Kobe has an Offensive Rating of 64 which is dead last. Basketball Reference.Com You don’t know what you talking about as usual.

  • Some of you guys think only Kobe is preventing these guys from looking good. The only player who has looked bad is Russell. And he’s being bad since summer league and through preseason even with Kobe out. Russell needs to step his game up, and Byron has to use him better.

  • Truth of the matter is we are not getting Bill Simmons and thats just what everybody have to understand, Getting a Bill Simmons doesnt help our process any way we already have a team full of rookies and young guys so getting Bill Simmons would just push us back. Like Jim Buss said at this point its all about finding your core players and building from their you make trades before the deadline and at least get about 35 wins before free agency and grow you go into next year and add some good veterans and start winning.

  • Wrong again…Kobe is not playing great, get out of here with that nonsense.

  • Some of you guys think only Kobe is preventing these guys from looking good. The only player who has looked bad is Russell. And he’s being bad since summer league and through preseason even with Kobe out. Russell needs to step his game up, and Byron has to use him better.

  • Truth of the matter is we are not getting Bill Simmons and thats just what everybody have to understand, Getting a Bill Simmons doesnt help our process any way we already have a team full of rookies and young guys so getting Bill Simmons would just push us back. Like Jim Buss said at this point its all about finding your core players and building from their you make trades before the deadline and at least get about 35 wins before free agency and grow you go into next year and add some good veterans and start winning.

  • Wrong again…Kobe is not playing great, get out of here with that nonsense.

  • he is helping the young guys all of the young players are playinng better with him on the court.

    the stat you using is bad its just like +/- only taking into account personal performance vs defender not team wide which is what im using

  • JC isnt a point. he doesnt pass enough for that. Kobe treating Russell like Smush Parker. He cant get into rhythm when he barely touches the ball. i wish Scott start next game with a few set plays for Russell

  • he is helping the young guys all of the young players are playinng better with him on the court.

    the stat you using is bad its just like +/- only taking into account personal performance vs defender not team wide which is what im using

  • JC isnt a point. he doesnt pass enough for that. Kobe treating Russell like Smush Parker. He cant get into rhythm when he barely touches the ball. i wish Scott start next game with a few set plays for Russell

  • Um, if you look at his advanced numbers, you can make a case he is playing like one. His Offensive Rating is dead last on the Lakers at 64. His Defensive Rating is 117, which is his worst ever. If you think Kobe is even close to playing well, then I don’t know what to say guy.

  • Um, if you look at his advanced numbers, you can make a case he is playing like one. His Offensive Rating is dead last on the Lakers at 64. His Defensive Rating is 117, which is his worst ever. If you think Kobe is even close to playing well, then I don’t know what to say guy.

  • jc is a pg. westbrook plays pg and he only became a great passer later in his career. curry is the same way he just bearly started being a great passer

  • And? He’s shooting 36% in all FGs. Quit nitpicking stats to make your case for him playing well.

  • if we count preseason, summer league and the regular season jc and russ have played 12 games together and in every game the team and both players have been better when they are not on the court together

  • jc is a pg. westbrook plays pg and he only became a great passer later in his career. curry is the same way he just bearly started being a great passer

  • And? He’s shooting 36% in all FGs. Quit nitpicking stats to make your case for him playing well.

  • if we count preseason, summer league and the regular season jc and russ have played 12 games together and in every game the team and both players have been better when they are not on the court together

  • no your the nitpicker here.

    the lakers are better in every major stat when kobe is on the court.

  • The ELEPHANT that’s in the Room is not Kobe….It’s DEFENSE….I don’t care about this Young core developing if they can’t stop nobody….And that has Nothing to do with Kobe…..That YOUNG CORE needs to harness their energy defensively then we can get a good idea of what you have….Every competitive team in the NBA plays DEFENSE.

  • no your the nitpicker here.

    the lakers are better in every major stat when kobe is on the court.

  • The ELEPHANT that’s in the Room is not Kobe….It’s DEFENSE….I don’t care about this Young core developing if they can’t stop nobody….And that has Nothing to do with Kobe…..That YOUNG CORE needs to harness their energy defensively then we can get a good idea of what you have….Every competitive team in the NBA plays DEFENSE.

  • Does this make you happy KOBE and BS HAVE been the problem KOBE with to many shots and not enough points and playing NO D . and BS is not an NBA coach, he has not clue— he is just like you no knowledge of coaching BB OR in your case no knowledge at all, but most TROLLS are that way.

  • this guy is a kobe troll who only shows up when kobe is playing to bash him. if kobe wereto retire tonight he would not be on the boards again

  • But Westbrook always had KD to pass to. & Westbrook is a different beast. a Triple Double waiting to happen. JC on a good team as SG would be a greater player. But JC as a shoot first PG would be basically Kobe with a green light. Im not taking anything from JC tho. But he dont set up the team. he a iso player

  • It’s tough to be a point guard playing with Kobe Bryant, every single point guard since his 6th man year have found their assist numbers and ball handling numbers dwindle. Here we are 20 years later and Kobe Bryant has a 33% usage rate while D’Angelo is 17.7%. How do you expect him to play point guard when once he passes to Kobe (if you don’t pass to Kobe you know what happens) that ball is getting either bricked, stolen or it’s going to slow everybody down while Kobe decides what’s best for Kobe.

  • Does this make you happy KOBE and BS HAVE been the problem KOBE with to many shots and not enough points and playing NO D . and BS is not an NBA coach, he has not clue— he is just like you no knowledge of coaching BB OR in your case no knowledge at all, but most TROLLS are that way.

  • this guy is a kobe troll who only shows up when kobe is playing to bash him. if kobe wereto retire tonight he would not be on the boards again

  • But Westbrook always had KD to pass to. & Westbrook is a different beast. a Triple Double waiting to happen. JC on a good team as SG would be a greater player. But JC as a shoot first PG would be basically Kobe with a green light. Im not taking anything from JC tho. But he dont set up the team. he a iso player

  • It’s tough to be a point guard playing with Kobe Bryant, every single point guard since his 6th man year have found their assist numbers and ball handling numbers dwindle. Here we are 20 years later and Kobe Bryant has a 33% usage rate while D’Angelo is 17.7%. How do you expect him to play point guard when once he passes to Kobe (if you don’t pass to Kobe you know what happens) that ball is getting either bricked, stolen or it’s going to slow everybody down while Kobe decides what’s best for Kobe.

  • jc and westbrook are basicly clones for their rookie years stats wise. give jc time.

    every advanced and basic stat shows jc is much much better at pg

  • jc and westbrook are basicly clones for their rookie years stats wise. give jc time.

    every advanced and basic stat shows jc is much much better at pg

  • kobe is shooting 60% from two point range. he needs to slow down on the three atempts and start getting alot more two point shots

  • Westbrook was a 19 year old rookie. JC was 22. Westbook is monta ellis when he was a Warrior. not a bad player at all

  • kobe is shooting 60% from two point range. he needs to slow down on the three atempts and start getting alot more two point shots

  • Westbrook was a 19 year old rookie. JC was 22. Westbook is monta ellis when he was a Warrior. not a bad player at all

  • You are just looking for something to say…..Nothing you said have the slightest thing to do with Russell play….Even when Kobe off the floor Russell plays BAD….

  • Yeah, and that’s translating to what? Kobe at 20 yrs has a Usage Rate of 33% which is too much for the Lakers. He’s a hindrance and continues to bog the Lakers Offense down.

  • agreed. kobes defense has been solid so far its been our pgs defense that killing the team

  • and he’s been taking threes to allow Russell and Clarkson more space to operate and get in the lane.

  • Cause they are playing him at center lol The same way kelly was complaining he can’t produce playing the 3 you can’t expect a 6’8 pf to be guarding 7 foot centers when that’s not what he is used to playing.

  • You are just looking for something to say…..Nothing you said have the slightest thing to do with Russell play….Even when Kobe off the floor Russell plays BAD….

  • Yeah, and that’s translating to what? Kobe at 20 yrs has a Usage Rate of 33% which is too much for the Lakers. He’s a hindrance and continues to bog the Lakers Offense down.

  • agreed. kobes defense has been solid so far its been our pgs defense that killing the team

  • and he’s been taking threes to allow Russell and Clarkson more space to operate and get in the lane.

  • Cause they are playing him at center lol The same way kelly was complaining he can’t produce playing the 3 you can’t expect a 6’8 pf to be guarding 7 foot centers when that’s not what he is used to playing.

  • dont bring up age it means very little.

    their stats are basicly identicle as starters

  • You are a joke, he let Rudy Gay have whatever he wanted and a game best +30 to boot.

  • dont bring up age it means very little.

    their stats are basicly identicle as starters

  • You are a joke, he let Rudy Gay have whatever he wanted and a game best +30 to boot.

  • You’re joking right? Hibbert and Kelly are the only 2 Lakers sporting a good +/- for the Lakers. Stop!!! Kobe’s D is horrible now, and has been the last few yrs.

  • Then why did he say as much as he did today, he is backing out and letting these guys play, so they can become a better team, and faster by learning how to over come their own mistakes. You never read what they post , your just as stupid as ever.

  • The problem is he is so old, slow and busted that he can’t get into 2 point range, he got 2 2’s against Sac from offensive rebounds.

  • You’re joking right? Hibbert and Kelly are the only 2 Lakers sporting a good +/- for the Lakers. Stop!!! Kobe’s D is horrible now, and has been the last few yrs.

  • Then why did he say as much as he did today, he is backing out and letting these guys play, so they can become a better team, and faster by learning how to over come their own mistakes. You never read what they post , your just as stupid as ever.

  • The problem is he is so old, slow and busted that he can’t get into 2 point range, he got 2 2’s against Sac from offensive rebounds.

  • Quit living in the past, When people can’t make arguments, they run to the ring talk. Pathetic!!!

  • You gotta bring up age. You said JC is his clone. Compare JC to Westbrook at 22. Im not taking anything from JC im a fan of his game as SG. I just notice Russell & Clarkson looked like they we’re on the same page during SL.

  • Quit living in the past, When people can’t make arguments, they run to the ring talk. Pathetic!!!

  • You gotta bring up age. You said JC is his clone. Compare JC to Westbrook at 22. Im not taking anything from JC im a fan of his game as SG. I just notice Russell & Clarkson looked like they we’re on the same page during SL.

  • he said the young guys need to take over not him. he did not take any blame.

    is english your 4th or 5th language?

  • he said the young guys need to take over not him. he did not take any blame.

    is english your 4th or 5th language?

  • no you need to compare seasons at 22 that was westbrooks 4th season lets compare jc’s 4th season to westbrooks 4th season

  • no you need to compare seasons at 22 that was westbrooks 4th season lets compare jc’s 4th season to westbrooks 4th season

  • Sorry….if you don’t like it…but it’s True….5 Rings is 5 Ringd….People play their Whole career and have not 1…..That is the objective while playing.

  • Sorry….if you don’t like it…but it’s True….5 Rings is 5 Ringd….People play their Whole career and have not 1…..That is the objective while playing.

  • Who has he had to defend that are threats to score. Prince is no threat to score, Wiggins game is still more about athletics, and when he was on Gay last night, he gave Kobe buckets. He can play on ball D in stretches, but his D is weak now.

  • Basically we need a guy at the 3 that can stretch the floor and play defense. That isn’t Kobe. Maybe move Kobe to the second unit.

  • wrong on every lvl. bs’s system has the sf shoot open threes which kobe is getting because of his off ball movement.

  • Who has he had to defend that are threats to score. Prince is no threat to score, Wiggins game is still more about athletics, and when he was on Gay last night, he gave Kobe buckets. He can play on ball D in stretches, but his D is weak now.

  • Basically we need a guy at the 3 that can stretch the floor and play defense. That isn’t Kobe. Maybe move Kobe to the second unit.

  • wrong on every lvl. bs’s system has the sf shoot open threes which kobe is getting because of his off ball movement.

  • Been saying this. He can be Crawford and jack up all the shots he wants and still play starter minutes.

  • Westbrooks 4th season he was already considered one of the best at his position. I hope That we can say that about JC in 2 years. Because we all know Lakers are going to pay him like one of the best at his position in the summer.

  • Been saying this. He can be Crawford and jack up all the shots he wants and still play starter minutes.

  • Westbrooks 4th season he was already considered one of the best at his position. I hope That we can say that about JC in 2 years. Because we all know Lakers are going to pay him like one of the best at his position in the summer.

  • his on ball d has been the best on this team he gets lost when he has to help because of his age

  • Rather Lou and Young take those shots, but maybe we can hide Kobe somehow where he wont hurt us too much.

  • Naw, I actually watch other sports besides basketball, and my life is not LakersNation like you and the other Kobe apologists. Carry on!!!

  • What the heck are you talking about, he has played a grand total of 9 minutes without Kobe Bryant sucking the ball off him. In those 9 minutes he has 7 points and 2 assists.

  • his on ball d has been the best on this team he gets lost when he has to help because of his age

  • Rather Lou and Young take those shots, but maybe we can hide Kobe somehow where he wont hurt us too much.

  • Naw, I actually watch other sports besides basketball, and my life is not LakersNation like you and the other Kobe apologists. Carry on!!!

  • What the heck are you talking about, he has played a grand total of 9 minutes without Kobe Bryant sucking the ball off him. In those 9 minutes he has 7 points and 2 assists.

  • basicly you dont know basketball. kobe is not the issue here.

    back up center, pg play, and bs rotations are this teams biggest issues

  • basicly you dont know basketball. kobe is not the issue here.

    back up center, pg play, and bs rotations are this teams biggest issues

  • Kobe is like Jordan. He will never come off the bench unless he asks for it. No coach has the balls to bring KObe off the bench. Just wait a few weeks until Kobe goes down. i hate that because he is still my favorite player i been watching him since i was a kid. im 24 now & i still remember going to all 5 of his championship parades.. Its just hes hurting the team more than helping

  • Are you sure that you are not a GIRL YOU SURE act like it, YOUR IN LOVE WITH HIM.

  • Kobe is like Jordan. He will never come off the bench unless he asks for it. No coach has the balls to bring KObe off the bench. Just wait a few weeks until Kobe goes down. i hate that because he is still my favorite player i been watching him since i was a kid. im 24 now & i still remember going to all 5 of his championship parades.. Its just hes hurting the team more than helping

  • Are you sure that you are not a GIRL YOU SURE act like it, YOUR IN LOVE WITH HIM.

  • Maybe he does, but he calls for the ball at the 3pt line and he can’t get from the line to the post any more. Did you not see him lose the ball to Cousins out there trying to dribble? Did you not see Rondo catch up to him on a fast break and poke the ball off him? He is done.

  • Maybe he does, but he calls for the ball at the 3pt line and he can’t get from the line to the post any more. Did you not see him lose the ball to Cousins out there trying to dribble? Did you not see Rondo catch up to him on a fast break and poke the ball off him? He is done.

  • The whole game yesterday was garbage time. 5 of those minutes were not garbage time btw.

  • The whole game yesterday was garbage time. 5 of those minutes were not garbage time btw.

  • yes they were. most of russ’s stats are in garbage time because hes like 2 years away from even being a back up pg

  • yes they were. most of russ’s stats are in garbage time because hes like 2 years away from even being a back up pg

  • I wanted Russell because of all the hype about him being like Curry/Harden. But he looks like Rubio from the past few season. I know Russell got a smooth jumper. he showed it last night. I want to see Scott give him the green light. Because mudiay is killing it in Denver with the green light & extended minutes

  • Yeah, it’s Scott system that Kobe can’t outrun Rondo on a breakaway when he in front of him by a few feet. Man, you are dumb.

  • I wanted Russell because of all the hype about him being like Curry/Harden. But he looks like Rubio from the past few season. I know Russell got a smooth jumper. he showed it last night. I want to see Scott give him the green light. Because mudiay is killing it in Denver with the green light & extended minutes

  • Yeah, it’s Scott system that Kobe can’t outrun Rondo on a breakaway when he in front of him by a few feet. Man, you are dumb.

  • na you were hear at the start of last season talking $hit and kobe got hurt and you went away now your back it kinda shows that your a huge kobe fan and you hate it

  • na you were hear at the start of last season talking $hit and kobe got hurt and you went away now your back it kinda shows that your a huge kobe fan and you hate it

  • Hilarious, he let Wiggins just cut past him backdoor while he was standing there like a tree completely unaware of his man. Go watch that, it was in the 4th quarter and it led to free throws, completely on Kobe. Not to mention Rudy Gay having a field day.

  • muliday has athletic skill that russ does not. russ is a year or two away from being a back up pg

  • Hilarious, he let Wiggins just cut past him backdoor while he was standing there like a tree completely unaware of his man. Go watch that, it was in the 4th quarter and it led to free throws, completely on Kobe. Not to mention Rudy Gay having a field day.

  • muliday has athletic skill that russ does not. russ is a year or two away from being a back up pg

  • na i watch the games and i look at stats adn i watch the games again with a stat sheet. so i can look into the team. which is why i called the russ bust issue from the get go

  • I hope not. I hope he can pick it up. He only played 2 games in his career. He need to be in a P&R system like every other good PG in the NBA

  • na i watch the games and i look at stats adn i watch the games again with a stat sheet. so i can look into the team. which is why i called the russ bust issue from the get go

  • I hope not. I hope he can pick it up. He only played 2 games in his career. He need to be in a P&R system like every other good PG in the NBA

  • You keep referring to 1 game. Davis put up 1 of the best efficiency season last year and shoots .52 for his career, his numbers will go up. Kobe is in his 20th year and coming off another injury. Which one do you think will get better as the season goes on?

  • most of what you just said is because kobe is constantly having to be in the ready to help position to stop the other teams pg from getting right to the rim

  • You keep referring to 1 game. Davis put up 1 of the best efficiency season last year and shoots .52 for his career, his numbers will go up. Kobe is in his 20th year and coming off another injury. Which one do you think will get better as the season goes on?

  • most of what you just said is because kobe is constantly having to be in the ready to help position to stop the other teams pg from getting right to the rim

  • and both had to do with kobe having to play off his man and watch the other team pg because russ just gets beat like hes standing in quick sand

  • The fact that he, like our second unit are doing so much better, the ball moving better and more flow, all without Kobe is what really bothers you.

  • and both had to do with kobe having to play off his man and watch the other team pg because russ just gets beat like hes standing in quick sand

  • The fact that he, like our second unit are doing so much better, the ball moving better and more flow, all without Kobe is what really bothers you.

  • yep both from bball insiders and his mix rating is number 2 on team behind nick of all people

  • The Lakers problem is Simple…..Play Some Defense…All this finger pointing is aimed in the Wrong direction….Point it in the Right Direction…Defense……Say It Again….Defense.

  • yep both from bball insiders and his mix rating is number 2 on team behind nick of all people

  • The Lakers problem is Simple…..Play Some Defense…All this finger pointing is aimed in the Wrong direction….Point it in the Right Direction…Defense……Say It Again….Defense.

  • its not betterr the teams deffensive raing and offensive rating is at its best when kobe plays.

    every player is better with kobe

  • its not betterr the teams deffensive raing and offensive rating is at its best when kobe plays.

    every player is better with kobe

  • Go to Basketball Reference, a stats guys paradise. Kobe is dead last on LA with a 64 O-Rating and a 117 D-Rating which is bad as well.

  • i called him being a bust before the draft saying he would never be more then a 10-15ppg 3-5rpg 7-8apg player that plays no defense and so far im looking right.

  • Go to Basketball Reference, a stats guys paradise. Kobe is dead last on LA with a 64 O-Rating and a 117 D-Rating which is bad as well.

  • i called him being a bust before the draft saying he would never be more then a 10-15ppg 3-5rpg 7-8apg player that plays no defense and so far im looking right.

  • Who you guys think should be our SF next year if we dont get Ben Simmons?
    I think
    Kevin Durant
    Demar Derozan
    Harrison Barnes
    Chandlar Parsons

  • Nope his ‘ready to help’ position, just like last season is actually just outside the box, he stands there cause that’s where he can grab rebounds to pad his stats. I’ve noticed it for a while now, he doesn’t even bother with his man, just stands there shouting at everyone to guard his man, cause he doesn’t bother anymore, he also gambles with the steal constantly, leaving the rest of the team exposed. It’s not team defense at all it’s pure self satisfactory stat stuffing.

  • Duh, I’m a Kobe fan stupid. I’m not delusional like the rest and tries like the guy is playing well, when he’s not.

  • You’re talking about that same 2nd unit that gave up the 15pt lead Kobe gave them?…..Lay Down.

  • Ok so basketball reference has win share stats and as I expected Kobe is very bad. 0.0 win share average at this point. Only players doing worse are Russell and Randle who are rookies.

  • Who you guys think should be our SF next year if we dont get Ben Simmons?
    I think
    Kevin Durant
    Demar Derozan
    Harrison Barnes
    Chandlar Parsons

  • Nope his ‘ready to help’ position, just like last season is actually just outside the box, he stands there cause that’s where he can grab rebounds to pad his stats. I’ve noticed it for a while now, he doesn’t even bother with his man, just stands there shouting at everyone to guard his man, cause he doesn’t bother anymore, he also gambles with the steal constantly, leaving the rest of the team exposed. It’s not team defense at all it’s pure self satisfactory stat stuffing.

  • Duh, I’m a Kobe fan stupid. I’m not delusional like the rest and tries like the guy is playing well, when he’s not.

  • You’re talking about that same 2nd unit that gave up the 15pt lead Kobe gave them?…..Lay Down.

  • Ok so basketball reference has win share stats and as I expected Kobe is very bad. 0.0 win share average at this point. Only players doing worse are Russell and Randle who are rookies.

  • the lakers need back up center like larry sanders. and we need to stop playing russ and clark together it does not work

  • Nope I’m talking about that same second unit that got the lead that Kobe lost in the first place. But yea that same second unit.

  • the lakers need back up center like larry sanders. and we need to stop playing russ and clark together it does not work

  • Nope I’m talking about that same second unit that got the lead that Kobe lost in the first place. But yea that same second unit.

  • He has the defensive body & arm length. He needs to spend a weekend with Gary Payton working on defensive drills in a gym. no down time

  • He has the defensive body & arm length. He needs to spend a weekend with Gary Payton working on defensive drills in a gym. no down time

  • We are not getting Sanders. if he came back into the league he will go to a contender.

  • We are not getting Sanders. if he came back into the league he will go to a contender.

  • Imagine if Golden State get KD & drop Barnes. But KD is a game changer. he will make us a playoff team. Barnes gives us the defense we been looking for since Ariza & MWP from 2010

  • Who got the big lead in the first place though? It was the same unit ffs. Do you even watch the games?

  • Imagine if Golden State get KD & drop Barnes. But KD is a game changer. he will make us a playoff team. Barnes gives us the defense we been looking for since Ariza & MWP from 2010

  • Who got the big lead in the first place though? It was the same unit ffs. Do you even watch the games?

  • but kobe is even with 90% of the team as a matter of fact only the players getting the most pt have a postive win share

  • Don’t start this. It’s not the time to be talking about the offseason yet lol

  • Too bad the Lakers are getting none of them. The only one who might consider it is Derozan being from California.

  • kelly isnt hitting shots and although he gets some blocks his rebounding skills and lateral quickness for transition defense isn’t good enough if the lakers continue shooting perimeter shots all the time

  • but kobe is even with 90% of the team as a matter of fact only the players getting the most pt have a postive win share

  • Don’t start this. It’s not the time to be talking about the offseason yet lol

  • Too bad the Lakers are getting none of them. The only one who might consider it is Derozan being from California.

  • kelly isnt hitting shots and although he gets some blocks his rebounding skills and lateral quickness for transition defense isn’t good enough if the lakers continue shooting perimeter shots all the time, bass while disappointing still manages to play hard in the paint and fouls less than tarik black which is probably why byron plays him over black.

  • You got your facts mixed up…..the 3rd qt Kobe left with the team having a 15pt lead…that 2nd unit squandered it.

  • He didn’t create the lead either, the Lakers were down 4 points when Kobe went off, and when he came back they were up 13. So they got the lead in the first place.

  • Not what it means exactly, but yeah we aren’t winning with Kobe and he isn’t helping us get there. Clarkson, Hibbert, Young, Lou are the only guys playing winning basketball at this point.

  • You got your facts mixed up…..the 3rd qt Kobe left with the team having a 15pt lead…that 2nd unit squandered it.

  • He didn’t create the lead either, the Lakers were down 4 points when Kobe went off, and when he came back they were up 13. So they got the lead in the first place.

  • Not what it means exactly, but yeah we aren’t winning with Kobe and he isn’t helping us get there. Clarkson, Hibbert, Young, Lou are the only guys playing winning basketball at this point.

  • he needs to realise just because he made it does not means hes here to stay he got the attiude of brown and parker

  • I would be more than happy to get Derozan. especially him being from LA & growing up a Lakers fan. & cant forget the Lakers willing to throw Max at anyone willing to take it. Derozan & Drummond or Whiteside would be perfect

  • he needs to realise just because he made it does not means hes here to stay he got the attiude of brown and parker

  • I would be more than happy to get Derozan. especially him being from LA & growing up a Lakers fan. & cant forget the Lakers willing to throw Max at anyone willing to take it. Derozan & Drummond or Whiteside would be perfect

  • i know its not totally what it means but the teams with low wins allways have low winshares and teams with 60+ wins have alot of win shares

  • If our 3 and D guy “Kobe” is shooting 19% on 3’s and not playing D, we have to replace him with someone we can develop for the future. Anthony Brown should get a chance.

  • i know its not totally what it means but the teams with low wins allways have low winshares and teams with 60+ wins have alot of win shares

  • If our 3 and D guy “Kobe” is shooting 19% on 3’s and not playing D, we have to replace him with someone we can develop for the future. Anthony Brown should get a chance.

  • kobe is playing d its his threes that are off and that has a ton to do with the broken system

  • Again incorrect, the lead was 13 when Kobe came back in after he had left it was -4. So the second unit actually turned around 17 points. Why do you think the second unit all still had positive plus minus?

  • Yes they can. Every team gets a extra 20+ Mill in the offseason due to the salary cap rising through the roof

  • kobe is playing d its his threes that are off and that has a ton to do with the broken system

  • Again incorrect, the lead was 13 when Kobe came back in after he had left it was -4. So the second unit actually turned around 17 points. Why do you think the second unit all still had positive plus minus?

  • Yes they can. Every team gets a extra 20+ Mill in the offseason due to the salary cap rising through the roof

  • Rudy Gay is a great scorer with a 4-5 inch height advantage on a 37 yr old Kobe. If he can’t take advantage of that, then something’s wrong. Rubio and Rondo aren’t even nowhere near the scorers Gay is though. Who was etting killed by those 2 lol??

  • He isn’t. His defense is as bad as the rest of them. Let Brown try, he plays very fiesty defense and is quick.

  • Rudy Gay is a great scorer with a 4-5 inch height advantage on a 37 yr old Kobe. If he can’t take advantage of that, then something’s wrong. Rubio and Rondo aren’t even nowhere near the scorers Gay is though. Who was getting killed by those 2 lol??

  • He isn’t. His defense is as bad as the rest of them. Let Brown try, he plays very fiesty defense and is quick.

  • at the start of the 3rd the score was a 9 point lead for the lakersonce kobe went back to the bench the lead was 15 and when kobe came back in the 4th the lakers were down by 4. a -19 form the 5min mark in the third to the 7 min mark in the 4th

  • at the start of the 3rd the score was a 9 point lead for the lakersonce kobe went back to the bench the lead was 15 and when kobe came back in the 4th the lakers were down by 4. a -19 form the 5min mark in the third to the 7 min mark in the 4th

  • The point being is that Kobe gave them a lead in the important part of the game…3rd qt leading into the 4th….That’s the time to Hold a lead not lose it.

  • This is not about losing the lead, this is about who created the lead to begin with, it was the exact same unit.

  • The point being is that Kobe gave them a lead in the important part of the game…3rd qt leading into the 4th….That’s the time to Hold a lead not lose it.

  • This is not about losing the lead, this is about who created the lead to begin with, it was the exact same unit.

  • kobe defense was fine in game 1. Go against a bigger stronger Gay is a tough matchup but Kobe only played 22 minutes anyway

  • kobe defense was fine in game 1. Go against a bigger stronger Gay is a tough matchup but Kobe only played 22 minutes anyway

  • they only have about 10.6m in cap space for next off season and durrant will make about 25m

  • No the point is HE did not give them the lead. They lost their own lead.

  • they only have about 10.6m in cap space for next off season and durrant will make about 25m

  • No the point is HE did not give them the lead. They lost their own lead.

  • he d has been fine the biggest defensive issue is not the sf like your trying to sell. its the back up center and our starting pg

  • Regardless, Anthony Brown seems better suited to that role. He is much quicker and plays with a lot more energy. We need that position to be our lockdown guy and Brown needs to be developed into that role. Kobe doesn’t have a future with the team as sad as that sounds.

  • he d has been fine the biggest defensive issue is not the sf like your trying to sell. its the back up center and our starting pg

  • Regardless, Anthony Brown seems better suited to that role. He is much quicker and plays with a lot more energy. We need that position to be our lockdown guy and Brown needs to be developed into that role. Kobe doesn’t have a future with the team as sad as that sounds.

  • i agree with you which is why we need to bench russ and start jc, kobe, brown. jr, hibbert

  • They will get a raise in cap space just like every team in the NBA. So its highly possible

  • It wasn’t really just one play, it’s just that, that was the play I remember most due to how embarrassing the defending actually was.

  • It is the one that isn’t being groomed for the future. We need to develop young talent. Especially if the vets aren’t producing.

  • i agree with you which is why we need to bench russ and start jc, kobe, brown. jr, hibbert

  • They will get a raise in cap space just like every team in the NBA. So its highly possible

  • It wasn’t really just one play, it’s just that, that was the play I remember most due to how embarrassing the defending actually was.

  • It is the one that isn’t being groomed for the future. We need to develop young talent. Especially if the vets aren’t producing.

  • true but they would need to lose alot to make it happen or get some team to take on boget and cut barnes

  • true but they would need to lose alot to make it happen or get some team to take on boget and cut barnes

  • It will, hopefully. Have to give them time to find out. Wasting minutes on Kobe is fruitless.

  • kobe is producing thats the issue if we had proper rotations we would be 1-1 right now and possible 2-0

  • It will, hopefully. Have to give them time to find out. Wasting minutes on Kobe is fruitless.

  • kobe is producing thats the issue if we had proper rotations we would be 1-1 right now and possible 2-0

  • Losing livingston & Barnes to get KD would be worth it. but they will get the cap space from the tv deal

  • It’s not like Kobe got the lead at all, he was -9 for the whole game. He didn’t beat the TWolves starters the first time, the second time he maintained the lead that the second unit lost, and the third time he still had a 2 point lead, but still ended up losing. So yes Kobe and the first unit was really at fault here, they were outplayed by the Twolves first unit and the second unit out played the TWolves second unit. That’s the game of basketball.

  • Losing livingston & Barnes to get KD would be worth it. but they will get the cap space from the tv deal

  • It’s not like Kobe got the lead at all, he was -9 for the whole game. He didn’t beat the TWolves starters the first time, the second time he maintained the lead that the second unit lost, and the third time he still had a 2 point lead, but still ended up losing. So yes Kobe and the first unit was really at fault here, they were outplayed by the Twolves first unit and the second unit out played the TWolves second unit. That’s the game of basketball.

  • wrong the lead was made in the first by playing

    jc. lou, nick, randle, hiubber it got as high as 12 points

    it fell to 9 once bass and kelly came into the game

  • wrong the lead was made in the first by playing

    jc. lou, nick, randle, hiubber it got as high as 12 points

    it fell to 9 once bass and kelly came into the game

  • And if Lou made that last shot we would have won. But don’t single out one player for the loss

  • No doubt, but that’s not all on DLo, Clarkson also failed to guard him.

  • And if Lou made that last shot we would have won. But don’t single out one player for the loss

  • No doubt, but that’s not all on DLo, Clarkson also failed to guard him.

  • russ and jc does not work they have played 12 nba lvl games together and the team is worse ehen both are on the court

  • I know. Hibbert has been their only productive defensive player trying to cover for everyone else’s lapses

  • russ and jc does not work they have played 12 nba lvl games together and the team is worse ehen both are on the court

  • I know. Hibbert has been their only productive defensive player trying to cover for everyone else’s lapses

  • And it gets him in foul trouble, followed up by Brandon Bass. This will be a recurring story until they finally play a real backup C.

  • And it gets him in foul trouble, followed up by Brandon Bass. This will be a recurring story until they finally play a real backup C.

  • They expect the cap to go to atleast 100 million. so it must be nice to be a NBA free agent

  • It all comes down to Russell struggling but we aren’t giving up on him, he is 19. He is our future. He will get better. Kobe is just old, it happens

  • They expect the cap to go to atleast 100 million. so it must be nice to be a NBA free agent

  • It all comes down to Russell struggling but we aren’t giving up on him, he is 19. He is our future. He will get better. Kobe is just old, it happens

  • the cap is expected to be about 90m next season and 105 the next season

    the gsw have 80 on their cap next season counting barnes and elize

  • the cap is expected to be about 90m next season and 105 the next season

    the gsw have 80 on their cap next season counting barnes and elize

    that leaves them with 10m of space trading boget gets them about 23m in space so they we need to wave barnes to get kd

    is losing branes and boget worth a chance at kd?

  • Rationale…….Losing a 15pt lead in the 2nd qt is not as significant as losing it Down the Stretch….Common Sense Says So.

  • Rationale…….Losing a 15pt lead in the 2nd qt is not as significant as losing it Down the Stretch….Common Sense Says So.

  • this is true but you also need to try to win which means the lakers should bench russ stop playing hurtes and bass at this point

  • this is true but you also need to try to win which means the lakers should bench russ stop playing hurtes and bass at this point

  • Winning is insignificant at this point. Winning championships is what matters, and the only path to that goal is to develop a core to build around.

  • and Byron failed to make adjustments. then Kobe Randle and Clarkson all decided to go iso heavy when they checked back in

  • Winning is insignificant at this point. Winning championships is what matters, and the only path to that goal is to develop a core to build around.

  • and Byron failed to make adjustments. then Kobe Randle and Clarkson all decided to go iso heavy when they checked back in

  • never said winning matters i said trying to win matters.

    by starting a player like russ thats hurting your team your allowing bad habbits to form.

    look at waht we did to jc. he was playing way to fast and by benching him and putting him in the dleague he got better and learned the right way to play.

  • The lead was one, then Kelly/Bass entered, thirteen to three run at the end of the first quarter. Thats where the lead was built.

  • you win with a superstar. Get a superstar and your in the mix. Russell, Randle, and Clarkson aren’t superstars yet and probably won’t be

  • never said winning matters i said trying to win matters.

    by starting a player like russ thats hurting your team your allowing bad habbits to form.

    look at waht we did to jc. he was playing way to fast and by benching him and putting him in the dleague he got better and learned the right way to play.

  • The lead was one, then Kelly/Bass entered, thirteen to three run at the end of the first quarter. Thats where the lead was built.

  • you win with a superstar. Get a superstar and your in the mix. Russell, Randle, and Clarkson aren’t superstars yet and probably won’t be

  • there is skill there for all three to be superstars but i dont see russ ever making it

  • We won’t know until we fully develop them and find out. Curry, Lillard etc weren’t good enough to get drafted at 19, look at them now.

  • there is skill there for all three to be superstars but i dont see russ ever making it

  • We won’t know until we fully develop them and find out. Curry, Lillard etc weren’t good enough to get drafted at 19, look at them now.

  • As the games go by, Kobe is just going to get worse too not better. Watching him on that breakaway get the ball poked off him by Rondo combined with that Cousin’s steal. I think it’s really over and he is just going through the motions now. Honestly it’s embarrassing to watch.

  • His first season, same with Westbrook but not all guys have that dynamic athletic ability and take longer to develop.

  • scott lost us the twolf game even more when randle got the rebound and he did not call time out.

    kobe had to call time out and we lost like 5 sec.

    reminded me of lin not fouling last season and kobe running over the court to foul

  • As the games go by, Kobe is just going to get worse too not better. Watching him on that breakaway get the ball poked off him by Rondo combined with that Cousin’s steal. I think it’s really over and he is just going through the motions now. Honestly it’s embarrassing to watch.

  • His first season, same with Westbrook but not all guys have that dynamic athletic ability and take longer to develop.

  • scott lost us the twolf game even more when randle got the rebound and he did not call time out.

    kobe had to call time out and we lost like 5 sec.

    reminded me of lin not fouling last season and kobe running over the court to foul

  • They were both age related turnovers. Pure lack of any sort of athleticism he once had.

  • They were both age related turnovers. Pure lack of any sort of athleticism he once had.

  • The truth hurts I know, but Kobe should have had an easy layup/dunk from that breakaway, but he was just too damn slow.

  • no they were not. this proves you have never played basketball. there are 60 year old ball players with more handles then nba players

  • Yep, you could tell it was just a matter of time. he was so gifted and had an attitude that nothing would stop him, same with Westbrook, also see it in Zack Lavine.

  • These days the Word Superstar is given out Easily….You have 1 good year they start Labeling you a Superstar….

  • The truth hurts I know, but Kobe should have had an easy layup/dunk from that breakaway, but he was just too damn slow.

  • no they were not. this proves you have never played basketball. there are 60 year old ball players with more handles then nba players

  • Yep, you could tell it was just a matter of time. he was so gifted and had an attitude that nothing would stop him, same with Westbrook, also see it in Zack Lavine.

  • These days the Word Superstar is given out Easily….You have 1 good year they start Labeling you a Superstar….

  • orrrrrrr he is taking his time testing his body in the second game of the season trying not to kill himself in a game he losing by 20

  • ^^ i concur. i’ve noticed mr incendy’s comments around the site. the kid’s clueless. but hey he’s a laker fan so no beef.

  • orrrrrrr he is taking his time testing his body in the second game of the season trying not to kill himself in a game he losing by 20

  • ^^ i concur. i’ve noticed mr incendy’s comments around the site. the kid’s clueless. but hey he’s a laker fan so no beef.

  • Man some of the completely irrational justifications and excuses you Kobe only fans make are ridiculous.

  • Man some of the completely irrational justifications and excuses you Kobe only fans make are ridiculous.

  • when Kobe retires I’ll still be a Lakers fan. If you’re blaming Kobe for Russell’s poor play you’re an idiot

  • when Kobe retires I’ll still be a Lakers fan. If you’re blaming Kobe for Russell’s poor play you’re an idiot

  • The team’s strength of schedule is worse than last year’s. And the rise of the Kings won’t help much either.

    It’s already starting to look like Byron is putting on his Tank Commander helmet.

    Getting Ben Simmons would change a lot for the team.

  • Russell has not played well, he has been completely underwhelming so far. But Kobe Bryant has played worse than anyone, and from a guy with a so called high basketball IQ, a veteran of 20 years, he is playing horrible. You guys would never admit that though. It goes against your doctrine.

  • The team’s strength of schedule is worse than last year’s. And the rise of the Kings won’t help much either.

    It’s already starting to look like Byron is putting on his Tank Commander helmet.

    Getting Ben Simmons would change a lot for the team.

  • Russell has not played well, he has been completely underwhelming so far. But Kobe Bryant has played worse than anyone, and from a guy with a so called high basketball IQ, a veteran of 20 years, he is playing horrible. You guys would never admit that though. It goes against your doctrine.

  • kobe has been our second best player next to nick young lol.

    your just hating on kobe

  • Sucking the ball off him?
    Kobe’s standing in the corner waiting for the ball to be passed to him…..

    That’s a problem with Clarkson, Russell and Randle hoping Kobe can bail them out.

    If you pass the ball to Kobe, you know what he’s going to do.

  • kobe has been our second best player next to nick young lol.

    your just hating on kobe

  • Sucking the ball off him?
    Kobe’s standing in the corner waiting for the ball to be passed to him…..

    That’s a problem with Clarkson, Russell and Randle hoping Kobe can bail them out.

    If you pass the ball to Kobe, you know what he’s going to do.

  • Get over it.
    He’s the starting SF.

    All your rants do is show you are a bitter old man.
    Maybe, the idea is to tank THIS year too?

    And as such, Kobe and Bass are prefect solutions.

  • Get over it.
    He’s the starting SF.

    All your rants do is show you are a bitter old man.
    Maybe, the idea is to tank THIS year too?

    And as such, Kobe and Bass are prefect solutions.

  • Lakers Fans
    Any team can lose a big lead. The point is can you figure out what your deficiencies are and correct them. The starting five doesn’t make much sense to me. Look at this;
    JC
    Dload,
    Kobe
    Randle
    Hibbert.
    in this line up you have 4 two dimensional players. The problem is they don’t have an identity. I like this lineup
    JC
    Kobe
    Randle
    Kelly
    Hibbert
    Put Kobe back in his natural position. Let Randle beat up on other threes. Kelly and Hibbert play inside out and JC and Kobe play off each other. Bring Dload along slowly like they did JC.

  • Lakers Fans
    Any team can lose a big lead. The point is can you figure out what your deficiencies are and correct them. The starting five doesn’t make much sense to me. Look at this;
    JC
    Dload,
    Kobe
    Randle
    Hibbert.
    in this line up you have 4 two dimensional players. The problem is they don’t have an identity. I like this lineup
    JC
    Kobe
    Randle
    Kelly
    Hibbert
    Put Kobe back in his natural position. Let Randle beat up on other threes. Kelly and Hibbert play inside out and JC and Kobe play off each other. Bring Dload along slowly like they did JC.

  • Right, here 17-18Ryan Kelly enters the game for Julius Randle2:40 17-18Brandon Bass enters the game for Roy Hibbert

  • even randy is using these stats lol.

    kobe is 5th on the team in offensive rating and 5th in defensive rating.

    hes 3rd in per

    hes also 2nd in total team rating (behind only nick young)

  • What are you blaming Kobe for? I agree he has taken too many threes. But other than that, there’s nothing else to complain about that can’t be said for the other players

  • Right, here 17-18Ryan Kelly enters the game for Julius Randle2:40 17-18Brandon Bass enters the game for Roy Hibbert

  • even randy is using these stats lol.

    kobe is 5th on the team in offensive rating and 5th in defensive rating.

    hes 3rd in per

    hes also 2nd in total team rating (behind only nick young)

  • What are you blaming Kobe for? I agree he has taken too many threes. But other than that, there’s nothing else to complain about that can’t be said for the other players

  • Blah blah blah.
    Kobe sucks.
    we get it.

    find a new subject.

    With or without Kobe, this team is going to suck. So maybe, you need to talk about positive things or how the ROOKIES can improve rather than beat a dead horse about an old tired superstar?

  • Blah blah blah.
    Kobe sucks.
    we get it.

    find a new subject.

    With or without Kobe, this team is going to suck. So maybe, you need to talk about positive things or how the ROOKIES can improve rather than beat a dead horse about an old tired superstar?

  • kobe is playing so his haters will be here to talk $hit even though the stats prove otherwise

  • kobe is playing so his haters will be here to talk $hit even though the stats prove otherwise

  • So you saying you get the #2 Russell putting him on the bench? & slow down his development? How about let him play & get burned by other PGs so he can learn from his mistakes.

  • So you saying you get the #2 Russell putting him on the bench? & slow down his development? How about let him play & get burned by other PGs so he can learn from his mistakes.

  • Because I expect more from a 20 year veteran than I do a 19 year old rookie perhaps? I mean seriously let’s say after the first 3 3pters get bricked, why keep doing the same thing over and over again? 20 years of experience and he still doesn’t learn, that’s the real problem I have.

  • Seems like Patrick Bateman and Sekou Garrett are in the same club.

    For Lakers fans, there sure seem to be a lot of ingrates that want to bash one of the best to wear purple and gold.

  • “We must Protect this House.”……If that’s the case….The Staple Center is in Trouble….The way the Lakers play Defense….”The Roof Is On Fire.”

  • Because I expect more from a 20 year veteran than I do a 19 year old rookie perhaps? I mean seriously let’s say after the first 3 3pters get bricked, why keep doing the same thing over and over again? 20 years of experience and he still doesn’t learn, that’s the real problem I have.

  • Seems like Patrick Bateman and Sekou Garrett are in the same club.

    For Lakers fans, there sure seem to be a lot of ingrates that want to bash one of the best to wear purple and gold.

  • “We must Protect this House.”……If that’s the case….The Staple Center is in Trouble….The way the Lakers play Defense….”The Roof Is On Fire.”

  • I agree with that. Trust me, i get frustrated seeing him take all those three pointers too

  • I agree with that. Trust me, i get frustrated seeing him take all those three pointers too

  • What are you saying?
    It’s an 82 game season. Kobe’s touches really mean nothing.

    Russell, Randle and Clarkson needs SEASONS not touches.

    And so far, Kobe’s only played about 25 minutes per game. That’s 23 OTHER minutes for them.

    More blather from bitter old men.

  • i agree he should stop but the system they are playing needs him to space the floor and take thouse threes

  • What are you saying?
    It’s an 82 game season. Kobe’s touches really mean nothing.

    Russell, Randle and Clarkson needs SEASONS not touches.

    And so far, Kobe’s only played about 25 minutes per game. That’s 23 OTHER minutes for them.

    More blather from bitter old men.

  • i agree he should stop but the system they are playing needs him to space the floor and take thouse threes

  • Then stop watching. ‘Cause your mouth is and incessant complaining is getting annoying.

    You’re like some sort of bad-vibe grouch.

  • it wont slow his develpment.

    kobe started off the bench, jc started off then bench, fisher off the bench, bynum off the bench…… should i go on

    starting off the bench does not slow the players development

  • Then stop watching. ‘Cause your mouth is and incessant complaining is getting annoying.

    You’re like some sort of bad-vibe grouch.

  • it wont slow his develpment.

    kobe started off the bench, jc started off then bench, fisher off the bench, bynum off the bench…… should i go on

    starting off the bench does not slow the players development

  • true, kobe is allowing Russell, Randle and Clarkson more space to operate. it’s Byron’s job to make all the pieces work

  • true, kobe is allowing Russell, Randle and Clarkson more space to operate. it’s Byron’s job to make all the pieces work

  • That’s a coaching problem, not a Kobe problem.

    Maybe, the other 4 guys need to stop watching Kobe play. Or, step up enough that they don’t need to pass him the ball and hope he can bail them out.

  • yup, you got to put work in the gym first. Randle and Clarkson benefited from that last year. Russell has to hit the gym

  • another reason we should not start both russ and jc. they both want the ball both play better at pg. it pushes kobe to sf were he does not fit in this system

  • That’s a coaching problem, not a Kobe problem.

    Maybe, the other 4 guys need to stop watching Kobe play. Or, step up enough that they don’t need to pass him the ball and hope he can bail them out.

  • yup, you got to put work in the gym first. Randle and Clarkson benefited from that last year. Russell has to hit the gym

  • another reason we should not start both russ and jc. they both want the ball both play better at pg. it pushes kobe to sf were he does not fit in this system

  • i really want to know were this idea that we have to start him he was the second pick came from. he needs to earn it now just like every other player in this league

  • i really want to know were this idea that we have to start him he was the second pick came from. he needs to earn it now just like every other player in this league

  • Fans don’t like patience. We won’t see actual improvement from Russell in months. We’ll see flashes but nothing consistent early on

  • why do people think that the only way to develop a player is to start him, look at clarkson, kobe… and the list goes on

  • Fans don’t like patience. We won’t see actual improvement from Russell in months. We’ll see flashes but nothing consistent early on

  • why do people think that the only way to develop a player is to start him, look at clarkson, kobe… and the list goes on

  • Love how Steph Curry doesn’t even care about your measley 2 pointers. Guys dunking on GS and they just go down and hit another 3. Can’t beat them that way.

  • Love how Steph Curry doesn’t even care about your measley 2 pointers. Guys dunking on GS and they just go down and hit another 3. Can’t beat them that way.

  • we did last game and we did a few times in the preseason but jc and russ dont work well together

  • Have any of you guys seen anyone drafted with #2 pick get benched this soon before? & Kobe had to back up Van Exel, JC had to back up Kobe. Who would Russell back up? being drafted that high gives you the starting job until you lose it. & after 2 games him being PG & not touching the ball he hasnt lost his starting job yet.

  • we did last game and we did a few times in the preseason but jc and russ dont work well together

  • Have any of you guys seen anyone drafted with #2 pick get benched this soon before? & Kobe had to back up Van Exel, JC had to back up Kobe. Who would Russell back up? being drafted that high gives you the starting job until you lose it. & after 2 games him being PG & not touching the ball he hasnt lost his starting job yet.

  • Yep, no team can beat them unless they can match their fire power. And no team can match their fire power. It is almost like they are cheating haha. Like a video game glitch that was discovered that made the game unfair.

  • Yep, no team can beat them unless they can match their fire power. And no team can match their fire power. It is almost like they are cheating haha. Like a video game glitch that was discovered that made the game unfair.

  • sooooo because other teams do it we should?????

    btw bennett was drafted 1st overall and he started 0 games with the cavs 0

  • sooooo because other teams do it we should?????

    btw bennett was drafted 1st overall and he started 0 games with the cavs 0

  • Anthony Bennet should have even been drafted that high. Everyone knew that soon as they said his name.

  • Anthony Bennet should have even been drafted that high. Everyone knew that soon as they said his name.

  • But yeah, a lot of people keep saying they got lucky last year. I won’t be surprised if they won 70 games

  • But yeah, a lot of people keep saying they got lucky last year. I won’t be surprised if they won 70 games

  • That’s problem they can’t improve if he keeps shooting threes and makeing like 1 out of 8 lol It also stops any flow of the offense

  • and?????? its possible russ turns out to be a bust and not worth the number 2 pick.

    tabeet was a number two pick in 09 and he started only 13 games for the grizz.

    it has happened before

  • That’s problem they can’t improve if he keeps shooting threes and makeing like 1 out of 8 lol It also stops any flow of the offense

  • and?????? its possible russ turns out to be a bust and not worth the number 2 pick.

    tabeet was a number two pick in 09 and he started only 13 games for the grizz.

    it has happened before

  • I hope Dangelo catches up and really work on foot speed and his shot, but right now he looks like we drafted Kendall Marshall

  • NBA needs to make a rule & cap the warriors at 10 3s a game. after that their 3s should count as 2s. LMAO shooting like that should be illegal. but all jokes aside watching them shoot amazes me everytime

  • I hope Dangelo catches up and really work on foot speed and his shot, but right now he looks like we drafted Kendall Marshall

  • NBA needs to make a rule & cap the warriors at 10 3s a game. after that their 3s should count as 2s. LMAO shooting like that should be illegal. but all jokes aside watching them shoot amazes me everytime

  • Is it possible that with the #8 pick that Cleveland wanted him, but the NBA gave them the #1 pick just for good relations for the city of Clevaland, all with an agreement that they would STILL take Bennett?

  • Is it possible that with the #8 pick that Cleveland wanted him, but the NBA gave them the #1 pick just for good relations for the city of Clevaland, all with an agreement that they would STILL take Bennett?

  • He was MVP last season Peaking Steph been a monster even in college when he had 50 and sat the rest of the second half of the game

  • He was MVP last season Peaking Steph been a monster even in college when he had 50 and sat the rest of the second half of the game

  • If you want the best lineup, so far it is:
    Clarkson
    Lou
    Young
    Randle
    Hibbert

    But we have to develop the young guys plus we need a second unit so I propose:
    Russell
    Clarkson
    Brown
    Kelly
    Hibbert

    Then Second unit is:
    Lou
    Young
    Metta
    Randle
    Bass

  • If you want the best lineup, so far it is:
    Clarkson
    Lou
    Young
    Randle
    Hibbert

    But we have to develop the young guys plus we need a second unit so I propose:
    Russell
    Clarkson
    Brown
    Kelly
    Hibbert

    Then Second unit is:
    Lou
    Young
    Metta
    Randle
    Bass

  • who has he made better? CP3 and Kyrie were high draft picks with the potential to be great.

  • Even the Knicks are better lol They at least have a system and they are running it. Even got melo passing the ball around.

  • who has he made better? CP3 and Kyrie were high draft picks with the potential to be great.

  • Even the Knicks are better lol They at least have a system and they are running it. Even got melo passing the ball around.

  • Would you say we are seeing prime Curry at 27? If so damn he couldnt even wait til 29 or 30 like everyone else lmao

  • Would you say we are seeing prime Curry at 27? If so damn he couldnt even wait til 29 or 30 like everyone else lmao

  • My goal with that is that Randle will still play starter minutes but have equal playmakers on each squad. If Randle could catch and shoot it wouldn’t be as much of an issue. Plus Kelly is a young developing guy too so gotta find room for both.

  • My goal with that is that Randle will still play starter minutes but have equal playmakers on each squad. If Randle could catch and shoot it wouldn’t be as much of an issue. Plus Kelly is a young developing guy too so gotta find room for both.

  • Kidd was already in the league 7 yrs and had many awards and was an allstar. If anything Kidd got Byron’s name on the map. Byron has a terrible record as a coach

  • We got atleast another 7 years of watching this curry until he turn into a catch & shoot killer from deep

  • What is Developmental League for? Jeez, how are Lakes to get better then 21 games this season, doesn’t make any sense

  • Kidd was already in the league 7 yrs and had many awards and was an allstar. If anything Kidd got Byron’s name on the map. Byron has a terrible record as a coach

  • We got atleast another 7 years of watching this curry until he turn into a catch & shoot killer from deep

  • What is Developmental League for? Jeez, how are Lakes to get better then 21 games this season, doesn’t make any sense

  • like it or not he’s entering his prime, idk why that gets your panties in a bunch

  • like it or not he’s entering his prime, idk why that gets your panties in a bunch

  • Kobe can’t even land after jumping anymore, let it go man. He is a legend. He has nothing left to prove, let him spectate the young guys from a rocking chair.

  • Im just excited to watch this man play. I just hope he have a off night when he plays the Lakers or he scoring 100 against our perimeter defense

  • Kobe can’t even land after jumping anymore, let it go man. He is a legend. He has nothing left to prove, let him spectate the young guys from a rocking chair.

  • Im just excited to watch this man play. I just hope he have a off night when he plays the Lakers or he scoring 100 against our perimeter defense

  • Hard to blame Byron when he is stuck, everyone knows this is about Development so that means Randle Russell and Clarkson is to have major roles which meaning inconsistent play… lets see that game was match up night mare Kobe was getting his eye shot out by the taller SF Rudy Gay and then they attacked Russell with Rondo nd Macklemore who blew by him off the first step so no time for any type of help D when that happens

  • then why is the team better when kobe is on the court?????????????????????????????????????

  • Hard to blame Byron when he is stuck, everyone knows this is about Development so that means Randle Russell and Clarkson is to have major roles which meaning inconsistent play… lets see that game was match up night mare Kobe was getting his eye shot out by the taller SF Rudy Gay and then they attacked Russell with Rondo nd Macklemore who blew by him off the first step so no time for any type of help D when that happens

  • then why is the team better when kobe is on the court?????????????????????????????????????

  • hes shooting 60% from 2 90% from the free throw line.

    hes second on the team in turnover% and assist% so far all the stats say we should lean on kobe more

  • hes shooting 60% from 2 90% from the free throw line.

    hes second on the team in turnover% and assist% so far all the stats say we should lean on kobe more

  • They had their draft today. DFenders are going to be really good. Manny, Frazier, Upshaw, Malcolm Thomas. They should wreck. Sad Jabari isn’t coming back though.

  • They had their draft today. DFenders are going to be really good. Manny, Frazier, Upshaw, Malcolm Thomas. They should wreck. Sad Jabari isn’t coming back though.

  • from what I seen of him since HS college and now he has always been that dude, but wit better squad now and a ship more people see what others already knew

  • from what I seen of him since HS college and now he has always been that dude, but wit better squad now and a ship more people see what others already knew

  • They aren’t. We already went over this lol. He has a 0.0 win percentage. Only guys on the team that are having a positive impact are Young, Lou, Hibbert and Clarkson.

  • They aren’t. We already went over this lol. He has a 0.0 win percentage. Only guys on the team that are having a positive impact are Young, Lou, Hibbert and Clarkson.