Kobe Bryant On Fans Expectations: ‘Something That Still Pushes Me’

Coming into his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers, no one knew quite what to expect from Kobe Bryant this season. Considering his time in the league, as well as his recent injury history, many questioned whether Kobe could regain his previous form.

So far this year, Kobe has struggled, especially with his efficiency leading many to speculate that Kobe would be best off retiring at the end of the season.

Kobe spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports about the standards that fans have of him:

I get held to much higher standards than most of my peers,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports on his walk out of the Barclays Center. “If I have a bad shooting night, it’s, ‘He’s in the grave. He’s in the coffin.’ Look around the league, and other players have bad shooting nights – and it’s just a bad shooting night.”

Despite the constant criticism, however, Kobe told Wojnarowski that he appreciates everything as those expectations are what pushes him:

But the expectations that they have for me, they’re actually something that I appreciate. Achilles injury. Fractured knee. Torn shoulder. Twentieth year in the league. Thirty-seven years old. All that, and the expectations are that I average 30 points […] But I appreciate those standards, because it’s something that still pushes me, still drives me.”

No one is sure if this will indeed be Bryant’s final season in the NBA, but most are treating it as such. Kobe himself has never said that it will be his last season, though he has made it clear that he won’t play for any other franchise than the Lakers.

Despite the disappointing start to the season for both Kobe and the Lakers, his numbers are still solid. He is currently averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and a team-leading 2.6 assists.

Good job of covering the Lakers 1st win LN. Inept

View of yesterdays win…

The game was won at the FT line, but the stress by both teams was HIGH!!!, you could cut it with a knife. Kobe’s forced 3-late in the game almost freakin cost them a win (bad time management). The same can be said for Scott’s rotations, Randle should limit taking/dribbling the ball up front given the too many TO’s when pressured placed on him. IMO, Lou shouldn’t be playing the 1 given they have trouble producing good plays and end up settling for bad shots.

Don’t know what type of feel for the game Scott has, but it’s not too good (thus far?). Russell had the hot hand/jumper and literally got no time in the 2nd half lol. I’d suited up Kelly (15th man) and also played Sacre given it was obvious the Nets prefer to play/score inside with Lopez. No diss to Hibbert, but he got tossed around like a lightweight today. However, they managed to pull out a win.

Not sure what type of shooting regimen the Lakers have but it’s clearly not producing results. They’ll be fortunate to pull out another win if they can’t hit jumpers aside of play better on the defensive end/limit cheap fouls/missed defensive assignments.

  • Good job of covering the Lakers 1st win LN. Inept

    View of yesterdays win…

    The game was won at the FT line, but the stress by both teams was HIGH!!!, you could cut it with a knife. Kobe’s forced 3-late in the game almost freakin cost them a win (bad time management). The same can be said for Scott’s rotations, Randle should limit taking/dribbling the ball up front given the too many TO’s when pressured placed on him. IMO, Lou shouldn’t be playing the 1 given they have trouble producing good plays and end up settling for bad shots.

    Don’t know what type of feel for the game Scott has, but it’s not too good (thus far?). Russell had the hot hand/jumper and literally got no time in the 2nd half lol. I’d suited up Kelly (15th man) and also played Sacre given it was obvious the Nets prefer to play/score inside with Lopez. No diss to Hibbert, but he got tossed around like a lightweight today. However, they managed to pull out a win.

    Not sure what type of shooting regimen the Lakers have but it’s clearly not producing results. They’ll be fortunate to pull out another win if they can’t hit jumpers aside of play better on the defensive end/limit cheap fouls/missed defensive assignments.

  • Kobe just needs to stop jacking threes. As poorly as he’s played this year, he’s still shooting 42% from inside the arc.

  • Kobe just needs to stop jacking threes. As poorly as he’s played this year, he’s still shooting 42% from inside the arc.

  • Astute self analysis from Kobe as usual. One of the things I respect most about him is how he offers no excuses. I’m one of those who has that constant high expectation of him and will never sugarcoat what I see of his play.

  • Astute self analysis from Kobe as usual. One of the things I respect most about him is how he offers no excuses. I’m one of those who has that constant high expectation of him and will never sugarcoat what I see of his play.

  • I have no problem with Kobe shooting 3’s. I judt don’t like the forced ones outside of the offensive flow. We need Kobe to be a threat from distance. We need JC, D Low and Randle to also. Team’s pack the paint on us because they don’t respect our starters shooting.

  • I have no problem with Kobe shooting 3’s. I just don’t like the forced ones outside of the offensive flow. We need Kobe to be a threat from distance. We need JC, D Low and Randle to also. Team’s pack the paint on us because they don’t respect our starters shooting.

  • I don’t know about that one. When he talks of his peers to whom is he referring? LeBron James or Paul Pierce?

    Paul Pierce isn’t getting flak for not putting up big numbers. So if his “peers” in his mind is LeBron, he’s really not doing great self analysis.

  • I don’t know about that one. When he talks of his peers to whom is he referring? LeBron James or Paul Pierce?

    Paul Pierce isn’t getting flak for not putting up big numbers. So if his “peers” in his mind is LeBron, he’s really not doing great self analysis.

  • agree with Randle’s handle. He mis-dribbles a bit much and gets stripped way too often but the 3 TO he averages is to be expected a “rookie” big man who is a play maker. Blake griffin averaged 2.9 TO in his first month in the NBA. JR is at 2.6.

    But I have to disagree with your wanting to play Sacre. If limiting cheap foul/missed assigment is your mandate – Sacre isn’t the guy for the job since that’s his forte.

    Al in all. Ugly win but something that had to be done- a must win. At least losing over and over with the same formula forced Byron to go with logic and put in energy guys like Metta and Nance. Metta orchestrated his unit by getting them in the right spot and coaching them on the floor. No slackers.

    Hollins is about to be fired with this loss.

  • agree with Randle’s handle. He mis-dribbles a bit much and gets stripped way too often but the 3 TO he averages is to be expected a “rookie” big man who is a play maker. Blake griffin averaged 2.9 TO in his first month in the NBA. JR is at 2.6.

    But I have to disagree with your wanting to play Sacre. If limiting cheap foul/missed assigment is your mandate – Sacre isn’t the guy for the job since that’s his forte.

    Al in all. Ugly win but something that had to be done- a must win. At least losing over and over with the same formula forced Byron to go with logic and put in energy guys like Metta and Nance. Metta orchestrated his unit by getting them in the right spot and coaching them on the floor. No slackers.

    Hollins is about to be fired with this loss.

  • Hey dunderhead, since we brought it up in summer 2014. Lou Hollins wouldn’t have made that much of an impact as coach of the team too. One of your top choices Boom!

  • Hey dunderhead, since we brought it up in summer 2014. Lou Hollins wouldn’t have made that much of an impact as coach of the team too. One of your top choices Boom!

  • Per ESPN, he’s shooting 8/38 (.211) from three point range and 17/40(.425) from inside the arc, or 25/78 overall (.321).

  • Idk if it’s his mechanics or something that’s on his mind but I noticed that he’s much more effective when he uses the hop instead of the 1-2. Come off a screen, hop into the shot and fire away! That’s how it should be, that’s good rhythm. Not so much when he receives the ball, waits a couple seconds/jab steps and shoots a contested one.

  • Per ESPN, he’s shooting 8/38 (.211) from three point range and 17/40(.425) from inside the arc, or 25/78 overall (.321).

  • Idk if it’s his mechanics or something that’s on his mind but I noticed that he’s much more effective when he uses the hop instead of the 1-2. Come off a screen, hop into the shot and fire away! That’s how it should be, that’s good rhythm. Not so much when he receives the ball, waits a couple seconds/jab steps and shoots a contested one.

    EDIT: shoutout to ProShotSystem!

  • yeah he tried to do a hero shot and the end and it almost got Brooklyn a tie. Clock management. Clarkson/Russell should be perimeter guys in the set. Randle and Kobe on the high post. I’d make Kobe do the Larry Bird mandate. Can’t take a 3 until you can make200 3s in practice. Kobe’d be there all day.

  • Unrelated topic: How do you guys watch all the games that aren’t on tv?? pls help

  • yeah he tried to do a hero shot and the end and it almost got Brooklyn a tie. Clock management. Clarkson/Russell should be perimeter guys in the set. Randle and Kobe on the high post. I’d make Kobe do the Larry Bird mandate. Can’t take a 3 until you can make200 3s in practice. Kobe’d be there all day.

  • Unrelated topic: How do you guys watch all the games that aren’t on tv?? pls help

  • Do some google searches for live streaming games; the feed blows, the sites go down on a moments’ notice, and there’s a chance you could pick up a virus, but you can catch the games.

  • Do some google searches for live streaming games; the feed blows, the sites go down on a moments’ notice, and there’s a chance you could pick up a virus, but you can catch the games.

  • Still better than Mudiay’s 6.something turnovers per game, but he should definitely give it to JC or whichever guard in crunch time.

  • I’ve tried. No luck really…how do you watch them or do you live in La?

  • When did I say I wanted Hollins? I’ve been cosigning the more modern MDA style of coaching. In your haste to argue with me, senility may be setting in? O_O

  • Still better than Mudiay’s 6.something turnovers per game, but he should definitely give it to JC or whichever guard in crunch time.

  • I’ve tried. No luck really…how do you watch them or do you live in La?

  • When did I say I wanted Hollins? I’ve been cosigning the more modern MDA style of coaching. In your haste to argue with me, senility may be setting in? O_O

  • Yeah, I live in LA but I’ve watched World Cup qualifiers on video feeds…I know some of the sites are already gone but I’ll see if I can find one and PM you.

  • Yeah, I live in LA but I’ve watched World Cup qualifiers on video feeds…I know some of the sites are already gone but I’ll see if I can find one and PM you.

  • My expectations for Kobe coming in the season was to avg 22ppg, 4rpg, 3apg shooting 42% from the field….a few 30 point games during the season.

  • Pelicans play on a back-to-back at Dallas against the Mavs tonight, you think they’re gonna fire Alvin Gentry if they lose this one too? Now that would be something: fired after just 6 games lol.

  • My expectations for Kobe coming in the season was to avg 22ppg, 4rpg, 3apg shooting 42% from the field….a few 30 point games during the season.

  • Pelicans play on a back-to-back at Dallas against the Mavs tonight. Do you think they’re gonna fire Alvin Gentry if they lose this one too? Now that would be something: fired after just 6 games lol.

  • Not arguing just pointing some things out. When Donephoni was axed everyone had their favorites. Don’t forget man. 0_O

  • Firstrow, atdhe, kodi, streamup – nbalakers ation channel has the best quality

  • right on. Maybe with his old legs he can’t get enough momentum into the shots and throws it out of rhythm/balance. He does seem to hit more with the step in 3 pointers.. which also means no one is in front of him… another key. contested shots bothers his rhythm.

  • Not arguing just pointing some things out. When Donephoni was axed everyone had their favorites. Don’t forget man. 0_x

  • Firstrow, atdhe, kodi, streamup – nbalakers ation channel has the best quality

  • right on. Maybe with his old legs he can’t get enough momentum into the shots and throws it out of rhythm/balance. He does seem to hit more with the step in 3 pointers.. which also means no one is in front of him… another key. contested shots bothers his rhythm.

  • Well if it makes you feel any better Kobe, my only expectation and hope is for you to be a role player this year. Not more than 12 minutes and just shoot the open shot and play hard on defense.

  • Well if it makes you feel any better Kobe, my only expectation and hope is for you to be a role player this year. Not more than 12 minutes and just shoot the open shot and play hard on defense.

  • If you want good quality League Pass. If you don’t care about quality or viruses any of the bootleg internet channels.

  • If you want good quality League Pass. If you don’t care about quality or viruses any of the bootleg internet channels.

  • Gentry has the “injury” excuse. Prokorov pisses away money like nobody. eating hollin’s contract would be no big deal. But yeah you have a point. Could be they also want Simmons, keeping Lionel could be beneficial.

  • Gentry has the “injury” excuse. Prokorov pisses away money like nobody. eating hollin’s contract would be no big deal. But yeah you have a point. Could be they also want Simmons, keeping Lionel could be beneficial.

  • Paul P. not getting flak due to him accepting the lesser role years ago. Duncan gets that same pass as an elder statesman of the game. His peers are all of the superstars around the league. Harden has been atrocious this season and has gotten flak for it. LeBron has been questioned as he seems to be showing slight decline even though he’s still in his prime.

    Kobe’s self assessment is accurate. As a Laker fan, I just need him to be more accurate on the court. This is what he’s acknowledging in saying he’s held to a higher standard. He set those parameters and it is his…my team persona that’s why he still gets so much flak.

  • Paul P. not getting flak due to him accepting the lesser role years ago. Duncan gets that same pass as an elder statesman of the game. His peers are all of the superstars around the league. Harden has been atrocious this season and has gotten flak for it. LeBron has been questioned as he seems to be showing slight decline even though he’s still in his prime.

    Kobe’s self assessment is accurate. As a Laker fan, I just need him to be more accurate on the court. This is what he’s acknowledging in saying he’s held to a higher standard. He set those parameters and it is his…my team persona that’s why he still gets so much flak.

  • Ahh but you accused me of wanting Hollins when that was far from the case. X__X

  • Ahh but you accused me of wanting Hollins when that was far from the case. X__X

  • darn fan expectations. Why u trying to push kobe. I expected kobe to put on the bermuda shorts and hawaiian shirts and wave to the crowd and still put up 18 ppg. This brick laying job he has is unexpected, though.

  • darn fan expectations. Why u trying to push kobe. I expected kobe to put on the bermuda shorts and hawaiian shirts and wave to the crowd and still put up 18 ppg. This brick laying job he has is unexpected, though.

  • Why is it unexpected? Is it any different than what we’ve seen the last few seasons? Father time kicked in almost instantly when Kobe went down with the Achilles injury. It should have been expected. Kobe has defied and evaded father time for a long time now. The signs were there well before 12-13. The trips overseas back in 10-11 were attempts to beat father time.

  • Why is it unexpected? Is it any different than what we’ve seen the last few seasons? Father time kicked in almost instantly when Kobe went down with the Achilles injury. It should have been expected. Kobe has defied and evaded father time for a long time now. The signs were there well before 12-13. The trips overseas back in 10-11 were attempts to beat father time.

  • My bad. Wasn’t aware of NO’s injuries. But hey, at least we’re not the only ones who have to deal with those, other teams are getting their fair share, too.

  • My bad. Wasn’t aware of NO’s injuries. But hey, at least we’re not the only ones who have to deal with those, other teams are getting their fair share, too.

  • The problem the lakers have is stated above…a TEAM LEADING 2.8 assists. This clearly shows a lack of ball movement, communication, and chemistry. Everything is isos

    I hope kobe has a kobe-esque night at MSG. at least solid efficiency or a good hot streak

  • The problem the lakers have is stated above…a TEAM LEADING 2.8 assists. This clearly shows a lack of ball movement, communication, and chemistry. Everything is isos

    I hope kobe has a kobe-esque night at MSG. at least solid efficiency or a good hot streak

  • Kobe may still give us a few of those. But it was unrealistic to think he could sustain that for an entire season.

  • Kobe may still give us a few of those. But it was unrealistic to think he could sustain that for an entire season.

  • I’ve never not bashed Robert Sacre either. Doesn’t mean I won’t sing his praises if he actually played well. Yet to happen though.

  • I’ve never not bashed Robert Sacre either. Doesn’t mean I won’t sing his praises if he actually played well. Yet to happen though.

  • Peers would be harden…he played worse than kobe the 1st 3 games. And harden had no excuse

  • Peers would be harden…he played worse than kobe the 1st 3 games. And harden had no excuse

  • Worthy said he’s shooting 54% from mid range. He really needs play in the high post/elbow area. Driving n kicking is something he can do…even though he’s old – he knows many tricks and can read the defense

  • Worthy said he’s shooting 54% from mid range. He really needs play in the high post/elbow area. Driving n kicking is something he can do…even though he’s old – he knows many tricks and can read the defense

  • Kevin Ollie (to help lure KD) and Messina was my preference but given the lack for true talent back then it wouldn’t have done much of a difference in helping to lure top talent.

  • Kevin Ollie (to help lure KD) and Messina was my preference but given the lack for true talent back then it wouldn’t have done much of a difference in helping to lure top talent.

  • Kobe missed his first 6 shots last night and 5 of them were mid range. Kobe needs to be a threat from distance. Randle likes to drive to the rack, JC does also. Most would like to see Hibbert in the low post some. We all grumble about D Low not getting into the paint and making some plays. How can all of this happen if everyone has a foot in the paint?

  • Kobe missed his first 6 shots last night and 5 of them were mid range. Kobe needs to be a threat from distance. Randle likes to drive to the rack, JC does also. Most would like to see Hibbert in the low post some. We all grumble about D Low not getting into the paint and making some plays. How can all of this happen if everyone has a foot in the paint?

  • There has always been a reason to bash sacre. However, sacre is a problem the FO created/accepted, so the FO gets the heat

  • There has always been a reason to bash sacre. However, sacre is a problem the FO created/accepted, so the FO gets the heat

  • The way the bigs were picking up fouls, would’ve given Sacre a few minutes especially since Lopez was having his way inside the paint for awhile. Scott probably rolled with Kelly if the fouls would’ve kept coming from the bigs.

    Yesterday’s pace was too slow, likely given the pressure of both teams being win less. This should be different in the next game IMO. The team’s ranked 9th in fast-break efficiency vs. the Knicks being 26th,

    The advantage is on the Lakers side AS LONG as they can hit JUMPERS too. The transition game benefits the Lakers tomorrow. Will they capitalize from it by playing a faster pace? We’ll find out.

  • The way the bigs were picking up fouls, would’ve given Sacre a few minutes especially since Lopez was having his way inside the paint for awhile. Scott probably rolled with Kelly if the fouls would’ve kept coming from the bigs.

    Yesterday’s pace was too slow, likely given the pressure of both teams being win less. This should be different in the next game IMO. The team’s ranked 9th in fast-break efficiency vs. the Knicks being 26th,

    The advantage is on the Lakers side AS LONG as they can hit JUMPERS too. The transition game benefits the Lakers tomorrow. Will they capitalize from it? We’ll find out.

  • Who said they’re all gonna be there at the same time?

    I want hibbert to get more touches but that aint happening.

    Russell can hit 3s, so can jc.

    Randle plays outside in.

    Its really not a problem. The only difference here is kobe playing 15-18 ft away NOT 20+. Since he’s in the threat area, all eyes are on him…help D comes, he kicks it out and the D scatters. A scattering D opens up things for Randle; he can drive straight to the hoop without forcing so many contact shots.

    It can work if you think about it

    Yes, kobe started cold. Doesn’t change the fact he’s more effective from mid range

  • the talk between him and Byron was suppose to make Kobe a more proficient player and have him defer..moving him to SF and put him the post more, and not be the primary ball handler. In essence, saving his legs, energy to score.
    But for whatever reason, lack of mandate from the coach, Kobe reverted back to hero Kobe and more with goat results. At his peak he took 5.7 3 PFG, 4.5 would be the norm. this year he’s jacking up 9.6 3pfg. not expected.

  • Who said they’re all gonna be there at the same time?

    I want hibbert to get more touches but that aint happening.

    Russell can hit 3s, so can jc.

    Randle plays outside in.

    Its really not a problem. The only difference here is kobe playing 15-18 ft away NOT 20+. Since he’s in the threat area, all eyes are on him…help D comes, he kicks it out and the D scatters. A scattering D opens up things for Randle; he can drive straight to the hoop without forcing so many contact shots.

    It can work if you think about it

    Yes, kobe started cold. Doesn’t change the fact he’s more effective from mid range

  • the talk between him and Byron was suppose to make Kobe a more proficient player and have him defer..moving him to SF and put him the post more, and not be the primary ball handler. In essence, saving his legs, energy to score.
    But for whatever reason, lack of mandate from the coach, Kobe reverted back to hero Kobe and more with goat results. At his peak he took 5.7 3 PFG, 4.5 would be the norm. this year he’s jacking up 9.6 3pfg. not expected.

  • I never stated a preference in who I wanted outside of a particular style of basketball I wanted to see.

  • I never stated a preference in who I wanted outside of a particular style of basketball I wanted to see.

  • In order to get proper chemistry you need to play the way you practice. Every time I see practice they are running the Princeton offense. Kobe in the mid post is not what they practice. It makes no sense to cater the offense to Kobe on game day when that’s not what you’ve prepped for. Kobe is struggling to adapt and that is to be expected. If he believes in Scott and wants to set the kids up, he must continue to work on adapting VS everyone adapting to him.

  • In order to get proper chemistry you need to play the way you practice. Every time I see practice they are running the Princeton offense. Kobe in the mid post is not what they practice. It makes no sense to cater the offense to Kobe on game day when that’s not what you’ve prepped for. Kobe is struggling to adapt and that is to be expected. If he believes in Scott and wants to set the kids up, he must continue to work on adapting VS everyone adapting to him.

  • His volume of three point shots is disturbing but they should be expected to increase given his role change. Hard for a player like Kobe to change his stripes.

  • His volume of three point shots is disturbing but they should be expected to increase given his role change. Hard for a player like Kobe to change his stripes.

  • Big factor last night was free throws. Nets beat us in points in the paint, Fast Break Points, Rebounds, Assists. But we shot 20 more free throws then them/twice as many (40 to 20), that’s a lot.

  • Big factor last night was free throws. Nets beat us in points in the paint, Fast Break Points, Rebounds, Assists. But we shot 20 more free throws then them/twice as many (40 to 20), that’s a lot.

  • Yeah but if you look past the stats, at about mid 3rd quarter our starting unit was looking as good as they had all year. That game was headed to a blowout not only did Byron make a terrible substitution, he then proceeds to sit russell and clarkson for most of the 4th quarter. Game shouldn’t of been close.

  • Yeah but if you look past the stats, at about mid 3rd quarter our starting unit was looking as good as they had all year. That game was headed to a blowout not only did Byron make a terrible substitution, he then proceeds to sit russell and clarkson for most of the 4th quarter. Game shouldn’t of been close.

  • The other factor was the Nets shooting 3-19 from behind the arc. They are the worst 3 point shooting team in the NBA at 22 percent. I don’t think a lot of it was perimeter defense either, they just have no reliable 3 point shooters in their team. I remember a stretch where they had 3 goes at 3 point attempts, all wide open from two offensive boards. The refs also were quite favourable, Jarrett Jack’s techical was a foul, Kobe pushed some guy in the back that led to an offensive foul etc.

  • The other factor was the Nets shooting 3-19 from behind the arc. They are the worst 3 point shooting team in the NBA at 22 percent. I don’t think a lot of it was perimeter defense either, they just have no reliable 3 point shooters in their team. I remember a stretch where they had 3 goes at 3 point attempts, all wide open from two offensive boards. The refs also were quite favourable, Jarrett Jack’s techical was a foul, Kobe pushed some guy in the back that led to an offensive foul etc.

  • Talk about misinterpreting facts….
    I won’t disagree about the need for MORE ball movement, chemistry and communication.

    But assists are related to guys MAKING shots. When the team has 37% shooting, no one gets assists.

    And despite the ball movement and chemistry issues, the team is still I the top 10 of offense, so they must be doing something right.

  • Talk about misinterpreting facts….
    I won’t disagree about the need for MORE ball movement, chemistry and communication.

    But assists are related to guys MAKING shots. When the team has 37% shooting, no one gets assists.

    And despite the ball movement and chemistry issues, the team is still I the top 10 of offense, so they must be doing something right.

  • What?
    Kobe takes what’s given to him as per t hr offense dictates. We’ve rarely seen kobe take over or play outside of the system. And in the Princeton and in almost every system the SF is a 3-point guy who gets the ball on the wing.

    Right now, Kobe’s playing EXACTLY how he’s supposed to be playing in the system. It sucks that he can’t make a 3-point shot, but it’s equally important that he’s in that position to take the shot, stretch the defense, and be in proper position.

    It sure sounds like you’re stuck on Kobe hating and looking for any reason to type words.

  • What?
    Kobe takes what’s given to him as per t hr offense dictates. We’ve rarely seen kobe take over or play outside of the system. And in the Princeton and in almost every system the SF is a 3-point guy who gets the ball on the wing.

    Right now, Kobe’s playing EXACTLY how he’s supposed to be playing in the system. It sucks that he can’t make a 3-point shot, but it’s equally important that he’s in that position to take the shot, stretch the defense, and be in proper position.

    It sure sounds like you’re stuck on Kobe hating and looking for any reason to type words.

  • Mudiay scored 13 points on 19 shots. Russell scored 16 points on 9 shots.. I see why Russell is frustrated with Scott. He just isn’t getting the opportunity even though he is clearly earning it more than others.

  • Mudiay scored 13 points on 19 shots. Russell scored 16 points on 9 shots.. I see why Russell is frustrated with Scott. He just isn’t getting the opportunity even though he is clearly earning it more than others.

  • Or maybe, after having a reconstructed shoulder and not shooting for a year, that the SHOULDER isn’t strong enough yet.

    Regardless, kobe taking 3 point shots is a necessary evil as its what the offense dictates and where the players should direct the play. Overall the system, players and scheme is working it’s just the final piece of making the bucket isnt. But for player development it has to be there.

  • Or maybe, after having a reconstructed shoulder and not shooting for a year, that the SHOULDER isn’t strong enough yet.

    Regardless, kobe taking 3 point shots is a necessary evil as its what the offense dictates and where the players should direct the play. Overall the system, players and scheme is working it’s just the final piece of making the bucket isnt. But for player development it has to be there.

  • Kobe is a hall of fame shooting guard – hes gonna take too many shots. Thats what had made him a legend.

    To kobes defense, is taking shots he used to make. Its just that his body isn’t strong enough yet and he’s out of rhythm.

    And, every player takes jacked up shots, and it’s rare that a player is a perfect fit for a particular system. It seems like you are holding kobe to a double standard. On one hand you want kobe to be kobe, but on the other you want him to adjust everything that makes him kobe just to fit the system.

  • Kobe is a hall of fame shooting guard – hes gonna take too many shots. Thats what had made him a legend.

    To kobes defense, is taking shots he used to make. Its just that his body isn’t strong enough yet and he’s out of rhythm.

    And, every player takes jacked up shots, and it’s rare that a player is a perfect fit for a particular system. It seems like you are holding kobe to a double standard. On one hand you want kobe to be kobe, but on the other you want him to adjust everything that makes him kobe just to fit the system.

  • Talk about being a pain…

    Assists are DIRECTLY related to the points I made. I points you didnt disagree with

    You choose to focus on one area of my post, instead of taking it in as a whole.

    Assists are related to the points I made AND passing the ball. Otherwise, how would they still be top 10 in offense (as you mentioned)? That proves everything is isos. They have capable scorers.

    The lakers got 14 assists yesterday.

    You started with a faulty argument. Then, you completely contradicted yourself by mentioning their top 10 offense, and saying assists are related to guys making shots (37%). Wouldn’t you say being top 10 means they make sufficient shots?

    Wouldn’t you say they have plenty of scorers and have scored enough to win? Is 2.8 assists enough regardless of the style of play and players involved?

    Next time you step up to the challenge, make sure your argument and facts don’t contradict one another.

  • Talk about being a pain…

    Assists are DIRECTLY related to the points I made. The points you didnt disagree with

    You choose to focus on one area of my post, instead of taking it in as a whole.

    Assists are related to the points I made AND passing the ball. Otherwise, how would they still be top 10 in offense (as you mentioned)? That proves everything is isos. They have capable scorers.

    The lakers got 14 assists yesterday.

    You started with a faulty argument. Then, you completely contradicted yourself by mentioning their top 10 offense, and saying assists are related to guys making shots (37%). Wouldn’t you say being top 10 means they make sufficient shots?

    Wouldn’t you say they have plenty of scorers and have scored enough to win? Is 2.8 assists enough regardless of the style of play and players involved?

    Next time you step up to the challenge, make sure your argument and facts don’t contradict one another.

  • The coach also has to adapt to his players as well. We were 0 n 4. If the experiment isnt working, move on. Russell doesn’t necessarily fit into the Princeton offense. Kobe is struggling. Hibberts usage is sad. Huertas off the ball is a nightmare. Lou as a 1 is a joke. Kelly fits but his cons outweigh his pros.

    The majority of our top players dont fit in the system, are struggling, or arent being used to their full potential (russ n hib)

    Sure, we are scoring…but the amt of isos is disgusting. The low assists is the complete opposite of the Princeton offense. If everyone was getting 3-6 assists we’re fine, but we’re getting 0-2.8 assists per player. SO ESSENTIALLY, the Princeton offense isnt even being used. It gets broken halfway through, then its just isos

    My point, why have a broken system in place? Scott is just stubborn.

  • The coach also has to adapt to his players. We were 0 n 4. If the experiment isnt working, move on. Russell doesn’t necessarily fit into the Princeton offense. Kobe is struggling. Hibberts usage is sad. Huertas off the ball is a nightmare. Lou as a 1 is a joke. Kelly fits but his cons outweigh his pros.

    The majority of our top players dont fit in the system, are struggling, or arent being used to their full potential (russ n hib)

    Sure, we are scoring…but the amt of isos is disgusting. The low assists is the complete opposite of the Princeton offense. If everyone was getting 3-6 assists we’re fine, but we’re getting 0-2.8 assists per player. SO ESSENTIALLY, the Princeton offense isnt even being used. It gets broken halfway through, then its just isos

    My point, why have a broken system in place? Scott is just stubborn.

  • Kobe, Amazing.

    Haters, Naysayers, doubters Truly fuel Kobe

    aka, “the Wind beneath Kobe’s Wings”

    Go Lakers – Beat Knicks

  • Kobe, Amazing.

    Haters, Naysayers, doubters Truly fuel Kobe

    aka, “the Wind beneath Kobe’s Wings”

    Go Lakers – Beat Knicks

  • Randle, hibbert, black, mwp, and anybody weighing more than 200lbs should destroy porzingis.
    They have to watch williams and sasha.

  • Randle, hibbert, black, mwp, and anybody weighing more than 200lbs should destroy porzingis.
    They have to watch williams and sasha.

  • Kobe is often looking to get ISO as he calls for the ball on almost every play. That is not the offense. Just stop the Kobe hating ISH. SMH

  • Kobe is often looking to get ISO as he calls for the ball on almost every play. That is not the offense. Just stop the Kobe hating ISH. SMH

  • “It gets broken halfway through, then its just isos”

    That’s a lack of discipline by the players and the coach is at fault also as he should pull those, who are not sticking to the offense. Phil would jump in Kobe and Jordan’s azz when they wouldn’t stay in the offense.

    I don’t like the Princeton either but the coach is committed to his philosophy, and the players aren’t outwardly rebelling. Five games is not a proper gage on needing to yank the system. Look at 12-13? The team struggled big time and when Brown was fired, Bickerstaff took over but still ran the same offense. Many felt Bernie should have got the interim job for the rest of the season. The team started to catch on in the Princeton.

  • “It gets broken halfway through, then its just isos”

    That’s a lack of discipline by the players and the coach is at fault also as he should pull those, who are not sticking to the offense. Phil would jump in Kobe and Jordan’s azz when they wouldn’t stay in the offense.

    I don’t like the Princeton either but the coach is committed to his philosophy, and the players aren’t outwardly rebelling. Five games is not a proper gage on needing to yank the system. Look at 12-13? The team struggled big time and when Brown was fired, Bickerstaff took over but still ran the same offense. Many felt Bernie should have got the interim job for the rest of the season. The team started to catch on in the Princeton.

  • I think it was the second quarter. If you look at it: 1Q (-9), 2Q (+14), 3Q (only +2), 4Q (-1). Without that second quarter we would have lost.

  • I think it was the second quarter. If you look at it: 1Q (-9), 2Q (+14), 3Q (only +2), 4Q (-1). Without that second quarter we would have lost.

  • Kobe has vowed to take a step back for the benefit of the youth. Please get out of the past, take Kobe’s words and hold him accountable as he’s stating he appreciates in this very article.

  • Kobe has vowed to take a step back for the benefit of the youth. Please get out of the past, take Kobe’s words and hold him accountable as he’s stating he appreciates in this very article.

  • Agreed Kobe is one of the greatest the game has seen and has had an amazing career. No one disagrees.

  • Agreed Kobe is one of the greatest the game has seen and has had an amazing career. No one disagrees.

  • curious. kp is listed as 245lbs. He’s had matchups against Aldridge, Love, Milsap. multi- All-stars. None of them destroyed him. I doubt he’s scared to face our guys considering he’s more than held his own .BTW he wouldn’t be matched up against hib or black.

  • curious. kp is listed as 245lbs. He’s had matchups against Aldridge, Love, Milsap. multi- All-stars. None of them destroyed him. I doubt he’s scared to face our guys considering he’s more than held his own .BTW he wouldn’t be matched up against hib or black.

  • Top Laker Player Performances this Year: Clarkson (against SAC, DEN, BROOK) Randle (against Dallas and MIN), Williams (against DEN and MIN), and DLO’s performance last night squeezes in.

  • Top Laker Player Performances this Year: Clarkson (against SAC, DEN, BROOK) Randle (against Dallas and MIN), Williams (against DEN and MIN), and DLO’s performance last night squeezes in.

  • Clarkson is a top 15 shooting guard already and Randle is a top 20 power forward in the league.
    It may take a while for Russell to crack the top 30 in Point guards.

  • Clarkson is a top 15 shooting guard already and Randle is a top 20 power forward in the league.
    It may take a while for Russell to crack the top 30 in Point guards.

  • Kobe last night 32 minutes 5/16 30 % 3s/ 1/4 25 % same % as he has all season , did you have a typo.?

  • Kobe last night 32 minutes 5/16 30 % 3s/ 1/4 25 % same % as he has all season , did you have a typo.?

  • Bobby Marks‏@BobbyMarks42
    It is going to take patience but the young kids in NYK and LAL have already given you a sneak peak at good things to come. Build + sustain.

  • Bobby Marks‏@BobbyMarks42
    It is going to take patience but the young kids in NYK and LAL have already given you a sneak peak at good things to come. Build + sustain.

  • You should know by now don’t believe ESPN watch the games, and figure it out your self, last night was not a SCHOOL night.

  • You should know by now don’t believe ESPN watch the games, and figure it out your self, last night was not a SCHOOL night.

  • I am not a KOBE hater and I don’t like the word but except his 3s he is doing well , but where he is right now he is 9 th on the LAKERS shooting % list, don’t jump on me about this post but look on the LAKERS team stats, but by losing that 3 shot he will get better % shots and be more helpful to the team, and wont be as tired out at the end of the game.

  • I am not a KOBE hater and I don’t like the word but except his 3s he is doing well , but where he is right now he is 9 th on the LAKERS shooting % list, don’t jump on me about this post but look on the LAKERS team stats, but by losing that 3 shot he will get better % shots and be more helpful to the team, and wont be as tired out at the end of the game.

  • I don’t mind Kobe shooting three’s. I just don’t want him doing too much like he was the first three games, in averaging 10 a game. He needs to shoot some three’s. They’ve always been a huge part of his game and we need our SF’s to help space the floor.

  • I don’t mind Kobe shooting three’s. I just don’t want him doing too much like he was the first three games, in averaging 10 a game. He needs to shoot some three’s. They’ve always been a huge part of his game and we need our SF’s to help space the floor.

  • The most fustrating thing is that players can develope, Kobe can be more than effective, and the team can win if he j learned to take a lesser role. He doesnt have to create his own shot like he did in the past. If he can get a better feel for his teammates and learn when to takeover and when not to try and be the star

  • The most fustrating thing is that players can develope, Kobe can be more than effective, and the team can win if he j learned to take a lesser role. He doesnt have to create his own shot like he did in the past. If he can get a better feel for his teammates and learn when to takeover and when not to try and be the star

  • NBA league pass Lakers team pass is 79.99 Can for me. If its black out I watch it through zunox

  • NBA league pass Lakers team pass is 79.99 Can for me. If its black out I watch it through zunox

  • Need more ball and man movement from all. Individual numbers matter not when we are one of the worst teams at assists, rebounding and creating turnovers.

  • Need more ball and man movement from all. Individual numbers matter not when we are one of the worst teams at assists, rebounding and creating turnovers.

  • Agreed. LAL should Show Respect thou . . . KP is total Brave & an Excellent Helper. On D, I would Throw Hibbert 1st, Bass 2nd, Nance 3rd

    KP needs a body on him All Night – Cat likes to hang around basket Too Much

  • Agreed. LAL should Show Respect thou . . . KP is total Brave & an Excellent Helper. On D, I would Throw Hibbert 1st, Bass 2nd, Nance 3rd

    KP needs a body on him All Night – Cat likes to hang around basket Too Much

  • You quote espn when it benefits you and dismiss espn when its inconvenient.

    Can’t have it both ways Al.

  • You quote espn when it benefits you and dismiss espn when its inconvenient.

    Can’t have it both ways Al.

  • Kobe needs to be a threat from everywhere as he has always been. But I understand your emphasis on the perimeter and I agree with you.

    His shots will continue to improve as his body and rythm gradually cooperate. He might have great days and some off days but he will average better as his body gets re-accustomed to playing.

  • Kobe needs to be a threat from everywhere as he has always been. But I understand your emphasis on the perimeter and I agree with you.

    His shots will continue to improve as his body and rythm gradually cooperate. He might have great days and some off days but he will average better as his body gets re-accustomed to playing.

  • AGREE, Kobe is doing exaclty what he supposed to be doing. It will be a matter of time till we see some improved effectiveness.

  • I agree. I just wish these oversensitive Kobe first Lakers fans would be more realistic and level headed. The Kobe of pre 12-13 is not coming back. Benjamin Button is indeed fiction.

    I just want kobe to have his moments and ride with the youth as they work towards our future…

  • I agree. I just wish these oversensitive Kobe first Lakers fans would be more realistic and level headed. The Kobe of pre 12-13 is not coming back. Benjamin Button is indeed fiction.

    I just want kobe to have his moments and ride with the youth as they work towards our future…

  • The only thing I would say to that Daryl is lets stop using Kobe as an excuse for others lack of performance.

    I know you preach no excuses That has to be applied to all the players regardless of their personal obstacles.

  • The only thing I would say to that Daryl is lets stop using Kobe as an excuse for others lack of performance.

    I know you preach no excuses That has to be applied to all the players regardless of their personal obstacles.

  • Yup. Way too much. drummond leads the league with a gawdy 34 offensive rebs. the rest of the pack is far behind. guess who sits at #2 with 23. Given our team’s propensity for giving up orebs, this kid might go manimal (20 orebs) on us or worse, considering KP only gets 24 minutes/game.

  • Yup. Way too much. drummond leads the league with a gawdy 34 offensive rebs. the rest of the pack is far behind. guess who sits at #2 with 23. Given our team’s propensity for giving up orebs, this kid might go manimal (20 orebs) on us or worse, considering KP only gets 24 minutes/game.

  • Kobe is the unquestioned team leader. These kids follow his lead. Kobe must be disciplined in staying within the offense. The things I point out are not excuses. I expect more of Kobe than any other on this team. I know he cannot do the things he use too and so to does he, so he needs to adapt to more team focus. If Kobe is going off script, he’s affecting the team’s offense. When Kobe shoots a shot and leaves his hand hanging, making absolutely no effort to get back on defense, that affects the team. Again, as the leader of this team, these things are unacceptable.

  • Kobe is the unquestioned team leader. These kids follow his lead. Kobe must be disciplined in staying within the offense. The things I point out are not excuses. I expect more of Kobe than any other on this team. I know he cannot do the things he use too and so to does he, so he needs to adapt to more team focus. If Kobe is going off script, he’s affecting the team’s offense. When Kobe shoots a shot and leaves his hand hanging, making absolutely no effort to get back on defense, that affects the team. Again, as the leader of this team, these things are unacceptable.

  • I’m excited to see how each kid uses his style/strength against the other.

  • I’m excited to see how each kid uses his style/strength against the other.

  • Remember your not talking to me, and I appreciate that because most thing you talk about is not what is really going on, but just what you wish they were, ever one here knows what you are (IN LOVE) but he is already married.

  • Remember your not talking to me, and I appreciate that because most thing you talk about is not what is really going on, but just what you wish they were, ever one here knows what you are (IN LOVE) but he is already married.

  • If Kobe is Not hitting three’s, then Princeton Offense is out the window, at least when Kobe is on the floor

  • If Kobe is Not hitting three’s, then Princeton Offense is out the window, at least when Kobe is on the floor

  • Go to the LAKERS HOME PAGE get to the stats page that will tell you the TRUTH, then you don’t need to get information from some one like LAKERS LIFER, who is very bios with his thinking, and never has the facts, just the ones he wants to make up.

  • Go to the LAKERS HOME PAGE get to the stats page that will tell you the TRUTH, then you don’t need to get information from some one like LAKERS LIFER, who is very bios with his thinking, and never has the facts, just the ones he wants to make up.

  • The LAKERS ARE the 4 th in the league with most points scored, and last night we had 4 starters in DBL figures and I think 3 bench players also, we can score. We need to get the D working and we will be a force to be hold.

  • The LAKERS ARE the 4 th in the league with most points scored, and last night we had 4 starters in DBL figures and I think 3 bench players also, we can score. We need to get the D working and we will be a force to be hold.

  • Of course, based on Princeton Primary Objectives – ability to create layups & 3’s

  • Of course, based on Princeton Primary Objectives – ability to create layups & 3’s

  • Our AST. are one of the worst in the league, we are scoring but its one on one game and that will not get us any where, things need to be worked on.

  • Our AST. are one of the worst in the league, we are scoring but its one on one game and that will not get us any where, things need to be worked on.

  • Kobe should let the game come to him, take what the defense gives because he can’t takeover like he used to. Also get back on D after he misses a shot because it sets a bad example to the young guys. I know he’s used to making those shots that’s why maybe he still continues to make a pose whenever he shoots it, but right now it’s not falling and it’s making him look bad not getting back on D. Contribute on other stuff not just points, you need to atleast get 5 boards & 5 assist and help the team win that’s what will make these haters shut up. Imagine if you the Lakers make the playoff in your last year even if you don’t average 20 points. That would be better than your last 3 seasons being out of it.

  • Kobe should let the game come to him, take what the defense gives because he can’t takeover like he used to. Also get back on D after he misses a shot because it sets a bad example to the young guys. I know he’s used to making those shots that’s why maybe he still continues to make a pose whenever he shoots it, but right now it’s not falling and it’s making him look bad not getting back on D. Contribute on other stuff not just points, you need to atleast get 5 boards & 5 assist and help the team win that’s what will make these haters shut up. Imagine if you the Lakers make the playoff in your last year even if you don’t average 20 points. That would be better than your last 3 seasons being out of it.

  • “D” is the biggest of many problems partly be cuz we have no rim protector with size other than Hibbert. Therefore the team needs to improve the perimeter defense cuz average shooters like J Jack & R Rubio are dropping 20+ ppg on them from outside & they’ll be destroyed when facing scoring guards who can really shoot like Curry, K Thompson, Harden, etc.

  • “D” is the biggest of many problems partly be cuz we have no rim protector with size other than Hibbert. Therefore the team needs to improve the perimeter defense cuz average shooters like J Jack & R Rubio are dropping 20+ ppg on them from outside & they’ll be destroyed when facing scoring guards who can really shoot like Curry, K Thompson, Harden, etc.

  • i think scott had a crush on Magic and took offense to the comparisons between russell and Magic

  • i think scott had a crush on Magic and took offense to the comparisons between russell and Magic

  • You mean the one that says he’s shooting 8/38 (.211) from three point range and 17/40 (.425) from inside the arc, or 25/78 overall (.321)?

  • You mean the one that says he’s shooting 8/38 (.211) from three point range and 17/40 (.425) from inside the arc, or 25/78 overall (.321)?

  • my expectation is 35ppg Kobe.
    can you still do it? 🙂
    that was 1 heck of a season if you recall…….
    you deserved at least 3 or 4 MVPs they robbed you.

  • my expectation is 35ppg Kobe.
    can you still do it? 🙂
    that was 1 heck of a season if you recall…….
    you deserved at least 3 or 4 MVPs they robbed you.

  • this is ThisOneLakersFan i changed my sn.
    hope yall like it…..
    and that picture of Kobe with them gold trophies.

  • this is ThisOneLakersFan i changed my sn.
    hope yall like it…..
    and that picture of Kobe with them gold trophies.

  • Kobe i have another expectation for you but it aint too big or nothin.
    i want you to dunk right on someone like on their head in their face!
    like you did to kris humphries and wallace.
    i think that was a brooklyn nets team wasnt it?
    give us a flashback mamba!
    show in NY and give us some old vintage Kobe.

  • Kobe i have another expectation for you but it aint too big or nothin.
    i want you to dunk right on someone like on their head in their face!
    like you did to kris humphries and wallace.
    i think that was a brooklyn nets team wasnt it?
    give us a flashback mamba!
    show in NY and give us some old vintage Kobe.

  • Speaking of Father time…he’s REALLY done a number on you if that’s your actual picture.

  • Speaking of Father time…he’s REALLY done a number on you if that’s your actual picture.

  • That’s 32.3 and 206 on 3s. 25/78=32.1===3s-11/38=34.1 % 25shots of 78 taken (FGA) There is no 17/40 . these # are with all 5 games.

  • I don’t make up the figures, its the LAKERS home page where it should come from.

  • I don’t make up the figures, its the LAKERS home page where it should come from.

  • But its hard to tell a great shooter to stop shooting because it isnt like Kobe wasnt averaging 22pts last year before he tore his rotator cuff, I think he is right because if any player from the Spurs or Any small market teams have bad shooting nights they dont talk about it and Kobe has always been the villian and with villians the media gets paid more for negativity. And i think Analytics is another thing that is being payed to much attention to in this world now if a shooter is great but the analytics are bad but the player still avg 23pts that is still a major contribution.

  • But its hard to tell a great shooter to stop shooting because it isnt like Kobe wasnt averaging 22pts last year before he tore his rotator cuff, I think he is right because if any player from the Spurs or Any small market teams have bad shooting nights they dont talk about it and Kobe has always been the villian and with villians the media gets paid more for negativity. And i think Analytics is another thing that is being payed to much attention to in this world now if a shooter is great but the analytics are bad but the player still avg 23pts that is still a major contribution.

  • IF lakers’ Kobe and Randle will win the match against Melo and Porz, then the lakers will have a higher chance of winning it…Im afraid tho is that Kobe and Melo might get in the zone since both played bad defense and Kobe loses in the match of firepower since he is older than melo

  • IF lakers’ Kobe and Randle will win the match against Melo and Porz, then the lakers will have a higher chance of winning it…Im afraid tho is that Kobe and Melo might get in the zone since both played bad defense and Kobe loses in the match of firepower since he is older than melo

  • imo he shoots better 3s using 2 steps coz it helps him to add more strength with his shot since his legs cant provide them consistently

  • imo he shoots better 3s using 2 steps coz it helps him to add more strength with his shot since his legs cant provide them consistently

  • Kobe needs to shoot and make 3s because he has to adjust, JC and Randle loves to attack, Dlo as the only spacer wont make it….once Kobe started hitting those 3s on a high clip(close to 40% or higher) consistently……the whole NBA better watch out

    I believe Kobe, he can and he will adjust to help these young guns till the end

  • Kobe needs to shoot and make 3s because he has to adjust, JC and Randle loves to attack, Dlo as the only spacer wont make it….once Kobe started hitting those 3s on a high clip(close to 40% or higher) consistently……the whole NBA better watch out

    I believe Kobe, he can and he will adjust to help these young guns till the end

  • Just look at his FT%, his shooting is stil there, best way for him to be more efficient is to attack the rack and draw fouls but maybe he is afraid to get injured once again

  • Just look at his FT%, his shooting is stil there, best way for him to be more efficient is to attack the rack and draw fouls but maybe he is afraid to get injured once again

  • NY looks more cohesive than us at this point and Melo should absolutely win the SF battle but if Hibbert can match Lopez’s energy and keep him off the glass, we got a chance. Robin is the biggest reason NY is playing decent ball early. His affect on them is like Noah was with the Bulls.

  • NY looks more cohesive than us at this point and Melo should absolutely win the SF battle but if Hibbert can match Lopez’s energy and keep him off the glass, we got a chance. Robin is the biggest reason NY is playing decent ball early. His affect on them is like Noah was with the Bulls.

  • Watching the Sixers game today. Philly is not far off from turning the corner with all that youth. If Jahlil would get stronger on the glass they would win a few of those close games they losing. T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas are playing decent ball.

  • Watching the Sixers game today. Philly is not far off from turning the corner with all that youth. If Jahlil would get stronger on the glass they would win a few of those close games they losing. T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas are playing decent ball.

  • The only problem is that 22pts last season was the most inefficient 20 ppg average in NBA history. That hurts a team more than help.

  • The only problem is that 22pts last season was the most inefficient 20 ppg average in NBA history. That hurts a team more than help.

    Kobe always relished and welcomed the villain role as he used it to push him. This is why he is not crying over the critique of his game. He appreciates it as he wears it as a badge of honor.

  • Kobe, nobody expects you to score 30 per night. If you believe so, you still have not understood that everyone wants you to step down and become a second or third option in the team. We expect you to be a professor for our young core during practice and a facilitator during the games.

    15-18/5/5 on something close to 50% shooting would be great for all of us.

  • Kobe, nobody expects you to score 30 per night. If you believe so, you still have not understood that everyone wants you to step down and become a second or third option in the team. We expect you to be a professor for our young core during practice and a facilitator during the games.

    15-18/5/5 on something close to 50% shooting would be great for all of us.

  • 32.1 and .321 are the same thing you moron and 25/78 includes both threes and twos. If you subtract the 8 threes he’s made on 38 attempts, you get 17/40.

    I mean really — you’re either the biggest idiot or the worst troll on the planet. Which is it?

  • 32.1 and .321 are the same thing you moron and 25/78 includes both threes and twos. If you subtract the 8 threes he’s made on 38 attempts, you get 17/40.

    I mean really — you’re either the biggest idiot or the worst troll on the planet. Which is it?

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  • They wouldn’t be matched up but match ups aren’t fixed. There’s in game situations and rotations that end up with different match ups

    He’s 7+. He has some weight, but it’s not enough for his frame. His center of gravity is weak and fragile if you catch him off guard.

  • They wouldn’t be matched up but match ups aren’t fixed. There’s in game situations and rotations that end up with different match ups

    He’s 7+. He has some weight, but it’s not enough for his frame. His center of gravity is weak and fragile if you catch him off guard.

  • The problem here is similar to Dantonis time. The strongest players on the team aren’t really suited for the Princeton. Ex. Russell, he may become an excellent shooter but he won’t achieve his full potential. Ex. Kobe, he lacks the off ball movement to consistently get open 3s. Ex hibbert, he’s taking up around twenty mil of the cap for being a wall…yes, he’s doing a good job, but I want hib to get the ball more.

    Dantoni got crap for not adjusting to his players, so I will give Scott crap for not properly using some of his top guys.

    Brown got yanked asap. Scott is getting a longer leash because of his past AND the Lakers don’t want to pay 4 coaches at the same damn time

    Granted, this can all be fixed with defense…but idk where it’s gonna come from.

    Anyways, hopefully we win today

  • The problem here is similar to Dantonis time. The strongest players on the team aren’t really suited for the Princeton. Ex. Russell, he may become an excellent shooter but he won’t achieve his full potential. Ex. Kobe, he lacks the off ball movement to consistently get open 3s. Ex hibbert, he’s taking up around twenty mil of the cap for being a wall…yes, he’s doing a good job, but I want hib to get the ball more.

    Dantoni got crap for not adjusting to his players, so I will give Scott crap for not properly using some of his top guys.

    Brown got yanked asap. Scott is getting a longer leash because of his past AND the Lakers don’t want to pay 4 coaches at the same damn time

    Granted, this can all be fixed with defense…but idk where it’s gonna come from.

    Anyways, hopefully we win today

  • MDA didn’t have as much of a problem setting up good offense as most think. Many feed too much into the heavy minutes Kobe played. That was in part due to our bench being very weak as the FO had invested too much into the starters. It wasn’t until January that MDA installed parts of his offense. Remember he kept saying wait till Nash returns, plus he was injured with that hip he was recovering from. By the time the team got going with that 28-12 run they were clicking in the Horns and different variations of PNR sets. Here’s a quick youtube link showing just how proficient they were with it…

    https://www. youtube .com/watch?v=DnYQ76jNSiI

    MDA’s big mistake was coming in beefing with Gasol at a time when the teams chemistry was already bad as Kobe and Howard never got along and all the losing from the Princeton under Brown had taken it’s toll.

    All of that said, I don’t like Scott’s offense but it can work if he gets everyone on the same page. A SF spacing the floor is all important. Think about his success as a coach in Jersey and NO? Keith Van Horn in Jersey, and Rasul Butler in NO were both deadly from behind the arc. The PG needs to be a sharp floor general who can score also.

  • MDA didn’t have as much of a problem setting up good offense as most think. Many feed too much into the heavy minutes Kobe played. That was in part due to our bench being very weak as the FO had invested too much into the starters. It wasn’t until January that MDA installed parts of his offense. Remember he kept saying wait till Nash returns, plus he was injured with that hip he was recovering from. By the time the team got going with that 28-12 run they were clicking in the Horns and different variations of PNR sets. Here’s a quick youtube link showing just how proficient they were with it…

    https://www. youtube .com/watch?v=DnYQ76jNSiI

    MDA’s big mistake was coming in beefing with Gasol at a time when the teams chemistry was already bad as Kobe and Howard never got along and all the losing from the Princeton under Brown had taken it’s toll.

    All of that said, I don’t like Scott’s offense but it can work if he gets everyone on the same page. A SF spacing the floor is all important. Think about his success as a coach in Jersey and NO? Keith Van Horn in Jersey, and Rasul Butler in NO were both deadly from behind the arc. The PG needs to be a sharp floor general who can score also.

  • I agree that he needs to do more core strength work. He has a athletic version of Pau’s frame, but not as good as KG. Pau gets pushed around when he doesn’t bend, for sure but he’s no pushover. Pau as much as can be is a defensive presence in that Bulls paint.

    But hey, if they want to be bulky like Marc Gasol, then mobility goes away.

    True that switches happen all the time, but KP at this point is more of a high post/perimeter player. If they push up on him there he can spin past them and only needs a few steps to get to the rim. We’ll see tonight. I think you’ll be surprised how he doesn’t get pushed around that easily.

  • I agree that he needs to do more core strength work. He has a athletic version of Pau’s frame, but not as good as KG. Pau gets pushed around when he doesn’t bend, for sure but he’s no pushover. Pau as much as can be is a defensive presence in that Bulls paint.

    But hey, if they want to be bulky like Marc Gasol, then mobility goes away.

    True that switches happen all the time, but KP at this point is more of a high post/perimeter player. If they push up on him there he can spin past them and only needs a few steps to get to the rim. We’ll see tonight. I think you’ll be surprised how he doesn’t get pushed around that easily.

  • I liked Dantoni back then, and I feel he’d be great with this team.

    Anyways, he had Dwight and gasol. As you mentioned, gasol didn’t like that he was forced to play outside. Dwight was beefing with Nash and Kobe. He wasn’t the guy for that group. 3 out of the 4 all stars had never played that type of ball before.

    Dwight got a similar taste in Orlando with van gundy…we all saw how they got into it.

    Now add the frustrations of your engine getting blown out every ten games (Nash). One can understand how it turned into a disaster

    Yes, and he tried using Kelly like that last yr. Didn’t work. Tried Johnson, didn’t work. Now he has Anthony Brown…His activity could be used but in terms of stat sheet production, he’s not an upgrade from wes Johnson (yet).

    Mwp is old, so he can only do it in bursts.

    Kobe is also old, so he can’t be your traditional Swiss army knife SF.

    Only hope is nance jr and randle developing a jumper.

    If we still had ariza, everything would be much better.

    Because of this, I still think young and bass might be on the trading block

  • I liked Dantoni back then, and I feel he’d be great with this team.

    Anyways, he had Dwight and gasol. As you mentioned, gasol didn’t like that he was forced to play outside. Dwight was beefing with Nash and Kobe. He wasn’t the guy for that group. 3 out of the 4 all stars had never played that type of ball before.

    Dwight got a similar taste in Orlando with van gundy…we all saw how they got into it.

    Now add the frustrations of your engine getting blown out every ten games (Nash). One can understand how it turned into a disaster

    Yes, and he tried using Kelly like that last yr. Didn’t work. Tried Johnson, didn’t work. Now he has Anthony Brown…His activity could be used but in terms of stat sheet production, he’s not an upgrade from wes Johnson (yet).

    Mwp is old, so he can only do it in bursts.

    Kobe is also old, so he can’t be your traditional Swiss army knife SF.

    Only hope is nance jr and randle developing a jumper.

    If we still had ariza, everything would be much better.

    Because of this, I still think young and bass might be on the trading block

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