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 6 years ago '08        #1
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With Kobe Bryant firing away, Pau Gasol addresses Los Angeles’ ‘selfishness’
 

 

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 With Kobe Bryant firing away, Pau Gasol addresses Los Angeles’ ‘selfishness’

There are two ways to take Pau Gasol's translated interview with a Spanish radio station, following his Lakers' embarrassing loss to a Washington Wizards team on Wednesday night. You could mind the internet-translation we used to "quote" Pau as he mentioned Los Angeles' "certain level of selfishness," aware of the limitations of web-based translating devices and the fact that some words do not have strict and linear doppelgangers from language to language. Such as, say, "selfishness."

Or you could point to the fact that Kobe Bryant missed more shots in Washington's comeback win (22) than Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to take (they finished 12 of 19). And that Bryant missed nine of 10 attempts in the fourth quarter in a fruitless attempt to fire his Lakers back into the game from the perimeter. Either way, the back-to-back Laker losses to Detroit and Washington leave the championship hopefuls in a bad way, and Gasol (again, through this internet translator) can't be happy. Here's the quote:


"(There is) lack of concentration, overconfidence and a certain level of selfishness, in general." "I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players," said an upset Gasol to the Catalan public radio.



This is a problem. We hold the Lakers up for a more strident brand of criticism because, frankly, they're smarter than most teams. And they lost on Wednesday to perhaps the least-cerebral NBA team we've seen in decades of watching the game. Kobe Bryant watches more tape than any player in this league. Pau Gasol knows this game (literally and figuratively) inside and out. Mike Brown is absolutely obsessed with going over film and finding statistical quirks to take advantage of.

And yet, the Lakers are 23-16, and 15th in the NBA in offense. Let that swirl for a bit -- a team featuring the league's leading scorer paired with perhaps the NBA's two most effortless low post scorers is mediocre offensively. No amount of arguing away the gaping holes at the point guard and small forward spots can make this any better. There's no reason the Lakers should be this poor, 39 games into a season.

Actually, there are several reasons. And though we can point to Kobe firing away on Twitter all night, this comes down to coach Mike Brown actually attempting to stand up to his star player. Something he was clearly incapable of doing in Cleveland with LeBron James, and something he's failing miserably at in Los Angeles. This quote, in reference to a discussion he had earlier in the season with Bryant in an interview from Wednesday, is sadly telling.

From ESPN Los Angeles:

"'We're going to have to rely on our defense. I'm going to let you go on offense quite a bit, [Bryant is] going to have to carry us offensively because there's a stretch of games that we can win, try to get us over .500, start us heading in the right direction. It was, 'Go get it, I'll take care of the defense and we'll go from there.' And he went and did it."

It can't work that way, though. This isn't the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers, with Allen Iverson and a cast of hopeless offensive helpers. This isn't last year's Bulls, with all eyes on Derrick Rose. This is a Laker team with title potential, and three studs that could keep pace with any team in the league if they pushed hero ball to the side and attempted to find the most efficient way of scoring for more than a few token possessions here or there. Instead, Brown lets go, and Kobe (free from Phil Jackson's withering glare) fires away.

It's too late in the season for this to be sloughed off -- the league's most obsessive competitor needs a coach to rein him in. His coach needs to do a job that goes beyond making his team aware of how they're going to handle certain plays defensively. Bryant cannot be taking five three-pointers a game while shooting 27.7 percent from long range. He can't be taking a Michael Jordan-level series of shot attempts (nearly 24 a contest) with two players that Jordan could only dream of playing with starting in his front court.

Kobe's a player. He's smart, he's brilliant, and he has drive; but he's a player. Players need coaches. Kobe needs Mike Brown, whether he knows it or not, and Mike Brown needs to exert some control over a road trip, an offense, a player, and a team that has gone wrong. The time for laughing or even admiring Kobe's cool little post-game Kobeisms has passed.

And to the Laker fans that will defend Bryant and his team to the hilt and slough off any criticism as some form of bias, kindly ask yourself -- are you happy with this? Do you think this team should be behind a Clippers team that starts Randy Foye, or holding off a Memphis Grizzlies team that has been without its best player for most of the season? Should the Lakers have the NBA's 15th-ranked offense? And should most of your vitriol be tossed at the media and/or Pau Gasol, merely because you think you can beat the media and/or Pau Gasol at arm wrestling?

Whether or not Gasol's comments were muddied by translation is not the point. Losing to the Washington Wizards in a game should be the low point of the season, to say nothing of losing to a Wizards team you were beating by 21 points at one point during the contest. The Lakers, for all their rotation faults, should be better than they are, and the trade deadline isn't going to fix a damn thing.

It's up to Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant, two of the smartest basketball minds we have in this league, to step up to what they know is right.

133 comments for "With Kobe Bryant firing away, Pau Gasol addresses Los Angeles’ ‘selfishness’"

 6 years ago '07        #2
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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:applause:

This is where phil is missed. He would sit kobe a.ss down like he did in game 7 of the finals. As a coach you can never be ran by a player sadly mike brown isnt the coach to do it. Word to delonte in that team meeting in clevland calling him out.
 6 years ago '08        #3
T2THEONE 859 heat pts859 OP
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 L-E-Dub bi*ch said:
:applause:

This is where phil is missed. He would sit kobe a.ss down like he did in game 7 of the finals. As a coach you can never be ran by a player sadly mike brown isnt the coach to do it. Word to delonte in that team meeting in clevland calling him out.
 6 years ago '10        #4
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321
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n*ggas hate on lebron and praise kobe but at least lebron trusts his teammates, sometimes a little too much but at least he understands its a team sport

selfish n*ggas chucking up 30 shots and making 30% when other teammates got the hot hand
 6 years ago '07        #5
Bkjj11 3548 heat pts3548
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Not the first time pau has said this.

Goin 9 for 26 and then goin 8 for 25 or wateva is stupid

Kobe gotta pass more
 6 years ago '05        #6
Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970
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What Can mike tell Kobe ? Pass the ball ? To whom exactly ?

It's not shooters on that team to share the ball with

sure wish we had Brian shaw
 03-08-2012, 09:22 AM         #7
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Kobe my n*gga I hate it had to be himmmm
 6 years ago '09        #8
5_star_smitty|m 208 heat pts208
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 T2THEONE said:
"(There is) lack of concentration, overconfidence and a certain level of selfishness, in general." "I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players," said an upset Gasol to the Catalan public radio.
 6 years ago '10        #9
Fly Elroy 321 heat pts321
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 CashNy said:
What Can mike tell Kobe ? Pass the ball ? To whom exactly ?

It's not shooters on that team to share the ball with

sure wish we had Brian shaw
the fu*k you mean to whom?

feed bynum, pass the rock to gasol

whats the point in having two 7 foot big men and you don't pass them the rock in the low post?
 6 years ago '06        #10
omniscience 3 heat pts
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I hear them coming...

Do you hear the sounds of male on male felatio??..

in 5..4...3...2...1


"but..but..but nobody on the Laker roster can put the ball in the basket"

"Bu bu but Kobe is the best scorer the league has ever seen..sometimes u have bad shooting nights"

"Bu..bu..But We have no bench or pg."

"bu..bu..but I'll take my chances with Kobe taking 30 shots per game."


A bunch a fu*kin semen cap dummies..

I swear..i despise Kobe stans more than PAC stans and that says alot..
 6 years ago '06        #11
omniscience 3 heat pts
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 CashNy said:
What Can mike tell Kobe ? Pass the ball ? To whom exactly ?

It's not shooters on that team to share the ball with

sure wish we had Brian shaw




Right on cue..

I knew it would either be this fu*ktoy CashNY..Spambury or NateKobefu*kinum..

You clowns are so predictable..

The n*gga has the best frontcourt in the league..by far much more valuable than shooters..

if given the right touches..both these guys will give you 20 and 10 a game..

Kobe just worried about holding on that scoring title..he knows that'll be his only accomplishment this yr..
 6 years ago '07        #12
JamcnPrettyboy 96 heat pts96
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Kobe is more concerned with getting his shine on than winning

Got 2 big men uptop that can score. No reason for him to be jacking up shots like that.
 6 years ago '09        #13
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64
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 L-E-Dub bi*ch said:
:applause:

This is where phil is missed. He would sit kobe a.ss down like he did in game 7 of the finals. As a coach you can never be ran by a player sadly mike brown isnt the coach to do it. Word to delonte in that team meeting in clevland calling him out.
This has been going on for years though. Phil never made him stop. Maybe for a quarter here or there, or maybe a half.
 6 years ago '11        #14
superdrunken 7 heat pts
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Can't even defend kobe man, he's k!llin me with this bullsh*t selfish play style. fu*kin hell.
 6 years ago '05        #15
DaDon23 65 heat pts65
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Kobe took dumb shots and our big men had 21 rebounds combined.......Trevor Booker had 17 rebounds on his own :sad2:
 6 years ago '10        #16
lboog1423 297 heat pts297
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Kobe is my n*gga, but i cant defend him on this one. Mike needs to find a way to get the bigs the ball more
 6 years ago '05        #17
Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970
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 ondatpurple said:
the fu*k you mean to whom?

feed bynum, pass the rock to gasol

whats the point in having two 7 foot big men and you don't pass them the rock in the low post?
that's not going to work against under sized teams they'll just double team your big's
just like they did last night and make them lose the ball.

which leaves kobe the only option to shoot since its no one else to take shots
just like last season but at least we had odom
 6 years ago '04        #18
A.G 27 heat pts27
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 ondatpurple said:
the fu*k you mean to whom?

feed bynum, pass the rock to gasol

whats the point in having two 7 foot big men and you don't pass them the rock in the low post?
The paint is already crowded. You fu*king idiots think it's as simple as dumping the ball off to Bynum and Gasol and letting them post up?

There's no space to operate because the Lakers have nobody who can stretch the floor. Teams are freely doubling Kobe, Bynum and Gasol because the Lakers spacing is so bad.


The biggest problem is that the design of the offense is fundamentally flawed.
 03-08-2012, 10:13 AM         #19
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Something else to point out about kobe's game is that he does need to get closer, he k!lled the heat in the post, he has no reason to fall in love with the 3 and how much overall offensive capability he has I'm sure he can make some moves to get closer, its not like he has to attck the basket, just get easier shots, sometimes kobe acts like the game is horse and that u win with most difficult shots
 6 years ago '05        #20
DaDon23 65 heat pts65
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 A.G said:
The paint is already crowded. You fu*king idiots think it's as simple as dumping the ball off to Bynum and Gasol and letting them post up?

There's no space to operate because the Lakers have nobody who can stretch the floor. Teams are freely doubling Kobe, Bynum and Gasol because the Lakers spacing is so bad.


The biggest problem is that the design of the offense is fundamentally flawed.
Don't even waste your time bruh.
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