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This whole Laker debacle is proof of one thing: Kobe is overratedNot saying he's a horrible player, one of the best that ever played. But overrated that he should not be one of the top 15 players of all timeHis leadership has really coime into question. This season it seems he can't even lead his team to the bathroom. With Pau and Dwight not playing, he looks so lost in not rallying the troops. Doesn't know how to direct and will his team to victory. Not an elite defender, not an elite passer, not an elite rebounder. So whats left? Only his scoringNo one can take away Kobe's scoring ability. Maybe top 5 all time in that aspect. But I think people are so blindsighted by his highlights and scoring prowess, that they excuse the obvious holes in his game. When his team is in dire need of direction, what does Kobe do? Keep shooting and trying to make ultra-tough shots, like its 1 against 5. IMO how this season plays out would define Kobe's legacy
I'm sorry but I'd have to disagree. The one who is overrated on that team is without a doubt Dwight. He's ridiculously overrated. All dwight does is take a running hook which never goes in with the occasional face up bank shot from a terrible angle from about 12-15 feet out. Not to mention he goes up soft every time he attacks the basket then doesn't make his free throws, that is why i don't buy the shaq comparison because shaq even when they hack the crap out of him he went up and dunked it. You can't blame Kobe for Dwight's lack of focus and desire or pau's inability to grow a pair. Don't get me wrong i hate the lakers as much as any die hard Celts fan does, however I RESPECT Kobe and his game because there is no denying he is more talented than any player playing right now
This thread is a little unbelievable. The only thing this season has solidified is that Kobe Bryant is one of the top 5 greatest players of all time. I hate admitting that, but this season takes the cake for me. No guard has averaged 15ppg in his 17th season in the history of the NBA. Kobe is averaging 30ppg. 47/35/84 are his percentages. He's playing 40 min a game at his age and averaging 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He's pretty awful at defending the young athletic guys, but he's also getting 1.5 steals a game. The Lakers are a poorly built team. They have no legit 3 point threat (around 40%) outside of Steve Nash. They have no legit athleticism outside of Howard. They are old and thus constantly injured. Celtics fans should be able to relate to that. They have players in their bench that wouldn't be drafted in the second round of the d-league. They had a couple of coaches that weren't good enough for Lebron and Carmelo, and they certainly are not able to handle Kobe and Howard. Kobe, by the way, despite his knees and the fact that he played and won a gold medal in the off season hasn't missed a game.