Kobe Bryant is ruining Kobe Bryant's historic season

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 5 years ago '08        #1
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Kobe Bryant is ruining Kobe Bryant's historic season
 

 

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To call Kobe Bryant's defense this season bad is to call the Pacific Ocean big, or the sun hot. He hasn't just been bad and he's not just a liability. His presence on the defensive end of the court has actually become a detriment, in the truest sense of the word. And the worst part? He's not failing to play defense. He has willingly decided that he no longer needs to try.

Wednesday night's game against the Spurs was probably Kobe's worst defensive display of the season. Since a picture is worth a 1000 words, here's 10,000 words worth of evidence:


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That Kobe Bryant, undisputed leader of this team, needs to be held accountable for horrific effort on defense tells you all you need to know about why this team is playing the way that it is. If the team's defense is terrible, it is because the team's leader is very clearly stating with his play that defense does not matter. If the team lacks chemistry, it is because it is tough to like and respect a guy so clearly hanging you out to dry on the defensive end. If the team's effort is inconsistent, it is because the team's leader only tries half the time. If nobody is doing the little things, it is because the team's leader isn't doing anything he doesn't want to do.

One of the most popular compliments to give Kobe Bryant is to talk about how he never gives up. Even when his team is losing, even when things look bleak, he still gives it everything he's got. He's a f!ghter. All of that remains half true, but his defensive effort, regardless of the score, is so bad that it bathes the whole concept in hypocrisy. You can say that Kobe Bryant never gives up, even when things look bleak, if you are paying attention to one side of the court. If you pay attention to the other side, Kobe Bryant gives up before the game even tilts in one direction or the other, for no apparent reason. When it comes to defensive effort, make no mistake: Kobe Bryant is tanking.

For many apparent reasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have been an abysmal failure to this point. Because he is in the midst of one of the greatest offensive seasons a man his age has ever produced, Kobe has rarely been discussed amongst those reasons why. At the same time, because the Lakers have failed dramatically, his spectacular offensive season is not getting nearly the attention you would expect, especially considering that he's doing it by reversing all the criticisms that have previously been thrown his way. But, when your team is losing (especially when they weren't supposed to), individual merits don't shine quite as brightly.

Unless things turn around, when history looks back on this ill-fated season, it will be said that one of Kobe Bryant's finest years, perhaps his best year ever, was wasted. One has to wonder if history will remember that Kobe Bryant also did the wasting.

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 5 years ago '06        #2
Trap$tar 8 heat pts
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Kobe is lazy as fu*k when rotating as well. But wtf was he thinking on that picture.
 5 years ago '11        #3
Joseph 13 heat pts13
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 5 years ago '08        #4
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 Trap$tar said:
Kobe is lazy as fu*k when rotating as well. But wtf was he thinking on that picture.
There's a lot of pics in the article if you guys choose to read it in it's entirety



You can also check out the above link which has videos that highlight Kobe's less than stellar defense.
 5 years ago '10        #5
trill jackson 737 heat pts737
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why is a guy in his 17th season being asked to carry a team on his back? pau metta d12 nash why can't n*ggas lessen his workload?
 5 years ago '05        #6
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damn kobe lazy as fu*k on d
 5 years ago '06        #7
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 trill jackson said:
why is a guy in his 17th season being asked to carry a team on his back? pau metta d12 nash why can't n*ggas lessen his workload?
they're not...that's the problem..he's taking on that role when he just needs to get out the way and realize he's a 4th option and when he's trying to be the #1 it hurts everybody else's game
 5 years ago '10        #8
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 philly337 said:
they're not...that's the problem..he's taking on that role when he just needs to get out the way and realize he's a 4th option and when he's trying to be the #1 it hurts everybody else's game
kobes an arrogant guy, no way he's tryna hear about being the 4th option
 5 years ago '05        #9
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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So kobe has to carry the team on both ends every game

You can pick and choose sihit like this for any player(Wade ). Kobe atleast makes up for everything on offense. Unlike Dwight and Pau.....retarded article
 5 years ago '11        #10
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Kobe Bryant's man is running the baseline to get back to the three point line. Kobe Bryant: still not moving. Here's a list of things Kobe Bryant might be guarding at this point:

Air
The Spurs logo (which has no range, so you play back and wait for it to drive)
The protagonist in Ralph Ellison's timeless classic, Invisible Man
A dementor




 Bea5T said:
So kobe has to carry the team on both ends every game

You can pick and choose sihit like this for any player(Wade ). Kobe atleast makes up for everything on offense. Unlike Dwight and Pau.....retarded article
why on earth do "lakers fans" try to justify this type of sh*t, I'm sorry in all the lakers games I've watched this year kobe has been lackadaisical on defense outside of a couple plays a game. He doesn't need to carry his team, he needs to give some ounce of effort on defense. He obviously isn't the only factor to them losing and nobody is saying he is, but this isn't acceptable...


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 5 years ago '05        #11
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 philly337 said:
they're not...that's the problem..he's taking on that role when he just needs to get out the way and realize he's a 4th option and when he's trying to be the #1 it hurts everybody else's game


Dwight is too hurt to maneuver in the post without turning the ball over and pau is just all around terrible. Not gonna even mention Meeks, Jamison, MWP, Morris, and Duhon....SO many missed open threes from kickouts from kobe
 5 years ago '12        #12
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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Kobe's defense has been crazy this year. When he actuallydoes play it , he's a master at it.
 5 years ago '11        #13
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 whothebestmc said:

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Kobe Bryant's man is running the baseline to get back to the three point line. Kobe Bryant: still not moving. Here's a list of things Kobe Bryant might be guarding at this point:

Air
The Spurs logo (which has no range, so you play back and wait for it to drive)
The protagonist in Ralph Ellison's timeless classic, Invisible Man
A dementor


 5 years ago '07        #14
Bkjj11 3543 heat pts3543
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ive witnessed he really doesnt contest shots like that this season. embarrassing to say the least.
 5 years ago '08        #15
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 ThePainkiller said:
Kobe's defense has been crazy this year. When he actuallydoes play it , he's a master at it.
And both articles credit his defense against Kyrie and CP3. Teams take after their 'leader' and if Kobe refuses to play D how can he possibly hold anyone else on the team to a higher standard?
 5 years ago '12        #16
AJtheGreat 26 heat pts26
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Its the roaming and gambling that makes me smh. All he has to do stay with his man. He was able to get away with it the last couple of years. This year, though, its been magnified x100 with that horrible record.




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 5 years ago '05        #19
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 NineFour said:
Is that asking too much ??
Was jordan suppose to carry the wizards to the playoffs?

People treating kobe like he's in his prime

He's already putting in more minutes than he should
 5 years ago '04        #20
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Stupid article. The guy is 34, spent 17 years in the league and is still a premier offensive threat. He's gotta save his legs, he can't be doing everything anymore. The hate Kobe gets is ridiculous. He should pass more, he should play defense...just applaud a man for going this hard for so long.
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