August 20, 2012 |
This is the second post in a series focusing on five things each Lakers player must do to have a successful 2012-13 season. 1. Kobe Bryant needs to score off easier looks. With a much more talented supporting cast, Bryant will no longer need to carry an overwhelmingly significant chunk of the offense. But that puts the onus on Bryant to ensure that his shot attempts become more efficient. It was never a good idea that Bryant scored 21.7% of his points last season in isolation sets.
May 11, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that Kobe Bryant and Lakers Coach Mike Brown didn't like the effort Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol provided in the Lakers' 113-96 Game 6 loss Thursday to the Denver Nuggets. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details the Lakers' meltdown. -- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman mentions that the loudspeakers at Pepsi Arena played Notorious B.I.G.'s "Goin' Back to Cali. " He also details the Nuggets' Game 6 dominance.
April 10, 2012 |
As Kobe Bryant sat on the bench wearing a suit and a walking boot, the Lakers received a visual reminder of what they don't have. Andrew Bynum felt it as double teams swarmed on him as the primary option. Pau Gasol sensed it as he picked up a larger offensive load. Ramon Sessions experienced it as he became a pick-and-roll point guard looking to score instead of worrying about how to set up the Lakers' star. With the 1-1 mark since the Bryant's absence because of an injured left shin, the Lakers have shown a mixed bag in absorbing his loss.
March 7, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Kobe Bryant's acknowledgment he felt fatigued in the Lakers' 88-85 overtime loss Tuesday to the Detroit Pistons. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding centers his game story on Bryant's struggles. -- The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis and the Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill credit Rodney Stuckey's contributions. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' continual road struggles.
October 8, 2012 |
The never-ending feud between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal when they teamed together always entailed the two sniping at each other. Shaq accused Bryant of being a ball hog, while Bryant criticized O'Neal's work ethic. On and on it went. So Bryant has a unique perspective on O'Neal's continuous digs at Dwight Howard, the latest being that Philadelphia's Andrew Bynum and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez are better than the Lakers' new superstar. But those days of Bryant responding to O'Neal's barbs are over.
May 16, 2012 |
Soon enough, the contact shut off. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher stopped trading text messages. They stopped wishing each other luck in their respective playoff series. They stopped reminiscing about old times and catching up on new ones. No, there wasn't a falling-out between the two former longtime teammates who won five NBA championships together. This is just what happens as the two have suddenly become opponents. This happened previously when Fisher played for Golden State (2004-06)
May 19, 2012 |
So, the Thunder want to force Kobe Bryant out of his game. Oklahoma City will double and triple team him to limit his dominance. The Thunder hopes the strategy will force him into a role as facilitator. The brash and aggressive combination of James Harden and Thabo Sefolosha try to goad the Lakers' star into needlessly throwing up shots. Oh, it works sometimes. Only three days ago, Bryant's fourth-quarter disappearance gave the Thunder a second victory in the Western Conference best-of-seven semifinal series.
June 1, 2012 |
This is the fifth in a series of posts grading the Lakers on their efforts in the 2011-12 season. Player: Kobe Bryant, Lakers guard How he performed: 27.9 points on 43% shooting and 4.6 assists in 38.5 minutes per game in the regular season; 30 points on 43.9% shooting and 4.8 assists in 39.7 minutes per game in the postseason. The good: Reports of Bryant's demise proved to be greatly exaggerated. It turns out he simply needed an innovative procedure on his surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle to turn back the clock.
August 28, 2012 |
Does Kobe want to be like Mike? It sure looks like it when watching the video above. But then again, these comparisons between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are never new. Bryant holds Jordan in high esteem for how many championships he's won, how he scored at a prolific rate, how he maintained his competitive edge and how he embraced new challenges. The Lakers' star has admitted he uses Jordan's six titles as a barometer. Considering he has five rings himself, Bryant's not far off. Phil Jackson, who coached Jordan and Bryant, once said the Lakers' star is highly motivated to surpass Jordan's third-place mark on the NBA's all-time scoring list (32,292)
March 22, 2012 |
Laker fans have almost become numb to Kobe Bryant's heroics. They've seen his game-winners. They've witnessed all the times he's dropped 40-plus points. They know Bryant will play through pretty much any injury. These fans may still marvel at what Bryant does, but by now it's almost expected. Yet hardly anyone could anticipate Bryant somehow pulling off what he did in the Lakers' 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. After beating Jason Kidd on a backdoor cut, Bryant received a pass over the top of the rim from Lakers forward Pau Gasol.