Originally Posted by El Conquistador
Notorious: am I right in saying that Kobe is a detriment to the team with the way he has played this year? Slows the offense down with one-on-one isolation, doesn't look to pass. On defense, people give him credit like he is still a great defender. Kobe is average at this stage. Terrible off the ball defender -- he has lapses all the time. Much better on the ball, but really just average defensively. I'd say the 4th best defender in the starting lineup (Dwight, Metta, Earl the pearl, then Kobe).
Thoughts on this? UDK, Dub, and scrilla wanted to crucify me a week or two ago when I posted this in the chatbox. Am I off base and inaccurate?
lolol @ asking notorious, the guy biased against the lakers due to his celtic fandom.
not that his answer was biased or untrue, I just find this hilarious.
Fast offense isn't good for the team and Pringles system has already shown that, so slowing down the offense isn't exactly a bad thing, especially if he's hitting on those one on one isolations(which he was doing for most of the season before this coldstreak).
He was also our main playmaker while Nash was out and was actively seeking to get others involved early on in the game(I do admit it would become worse as the game went on, especially if others were struggling, but he rarely completely took over) and was doing a rather good job of it. Players converting was a problem since everyone had quite a low percentage on those wide open jumpers as a lot of team aren't exactly jump shooters(or are just struggling a lot like Meeks and Jaminson).
On defense he has been lacking off the ball, but he is still one of the best one on one defenders in the league. If he's trying to lock you down he will lock you down, he has shown this in a lot of recent games. Off the ball he does struggle a lot and does have a lot of laspes for his own guy as he's usually trying too hard to gain a steal, which ends up leading to his guy just running in for an easy hoop.
I'm curious Flex, how many games of the Lakers have you actually seen this year? Three? Five tops? I highly doubt you've seen enough games to actually have a good opinion on my team when you haven't even seen enough games of your own team to have opinion on them.