I hope last nights game puts to bed those completely asinine suggestions
from fans that the ball needs to go inside more or that the ball needs to
be force feed to Bynum and/or Gasol. That Kobe needs to defer more to
either Gasol or Bynum, or be less aggressive or even worse, that he becomes a Magic Johnson like player or 2nd option. Kobe is and always will be a prolific scorer who will also create plays for others if he sees a player
in an advantages position.
Kobe is essentially the Lakers point guard as he has the ball in his hands
most of the time and the offense runs through him. Because of his alpha
male personality, he wants to shoulder most of the offense responsibility
because he feels he is best suited to take it on. Not to say he doesn’t
trust his teammates, he just trust himself a whole lot more. I know I do.
The Lakers will need to continue putting the ball in the hands of their
best scorer and playmaker for the majority of the game, which is Kobe (by
far). If a result of doing that is more touches for the post guys it will
be only if Kobe reads that this is the best place for the ball to go in the
course of the game. If not, Kobe will take control of the offense himself
as he sees fit. Like last night he was on and the team won. There will be
nights where he will decide that he will need to be the aggressor and will
not be hitting his shots, the Lakers might lose those. Averaged out over
the course of a season, Lakers will win on most occasions by continuing to
operate by Kobe playing like he has his entire career which is being the
offensive catalyst and making the decisions on the floor.
I hope those that believe Bynum should get a very high predetermined amount
of touches every game were watching last night. Bynum does not have the low post arsenal to carry an offense or produce down low if a defense is
focused on stopping him. Bynum is productive when he is an afterthought or playing off someone else who can set him up.
Bynum is not Hakeem who had an array of low post moves that could be
executed with the speed, grace and the footwork of a guard.
Bynum is not a young Shaq that could dominate the post by overpowering
players for low post position and scoring on brute strength.
You feed Bynum excessively the defense will attack him and what you’ll get is bad shots or the whole shot clock eaten up.
Last nights game makes my argument for me better than I ever could in
Lakers win with Kobe being Kobe. It should be up to him if he takes 40
shots or decides to get the ball inside or spread it around. Let Kobe make
the read and decide. Not a predetermined game plan that takes the ball out of his hands for extended periods.
He knows what he is doing and we should all trust him more than anybody
else, especially since he has come through so many times before.