that picture you posted isn't because the lakers bench was bad (and my point was lakers bench isn't completely terrible). it was because everybody was injured (and injuries happen to good players too). i feel like you're trying to defend kobe's decisions by blaming everybody else on the lakers, but kobe isn't the solution. he's a big part of the problem. he's the one making decisions on court
Ugh, you just want to argue just to argue, eh?
None in that post with the pic had anything to do with Kobe at all, he wasn't even playing because he was hurt so how is that defending Kobe?
I was saying those players excelled and scored because there was no one on the team to score. They got playing time and got some stats up but that was it. Hell even the others like couldn't excel well enough with all the pt they can handle. Those players aren't starters.
Maybe you should take your own advice and actually read the posts than just seeing what you want to see. Look again!
i think you guys are underrating the lakers personnel. ed davis was a quality pick up. xavier henry and nick young had pretty good seasons last year. i think it's more of a coaching issue than anything.
Henry and Swaggy P is a result of being on an empty team.. I mean this was the Lakers bench last year and this wasn't on some halftime break.
Henry is athletic but that is really it, he would be buried in the bench in any other team. And all jest aside, Swaggy P is a a poor mans Jamal Crawford, he is a good scorer off the bench when you need it but I wouldn't say he is starter quality the way he plays. The Lakers also had that d-league pg that average closed to double digit in assist just because the Lakers are so depleted but no one is going out of their way to sign him just because he was just good on a very bad team.
As for defending Kobe, not in the whole post The hell are you reading? I simply stated the situations and reason why Kobe wouldn't pass, I never said it was the right decision that Kobe doesn't pass or "these are the reasons why Kobe should shoot, not pass".
I never said it wasn't Kobes fault the other player doesn't get the ball, I clearly said he passes it at times and when he does the guy misses or the pass simply isn't clear cut (Kobe is good but he isn't Nash or Stockton or CP3 that can pass great). His passes also results in turnovers (Kobe has done some cross court passes that has resulted in a turnover or deflected ball). I also said him taking forced shots happens more often that is hoped, I don't know how you could construe that as only defending Kobe. I've also said he gets frustrated and take his own shots instead, that is a bash on Kobe not a compliment.
Obviously that isn't the case and there are successes but obviously not consistent enough.
I definitely acknowledged your post about the triangle offense and I said they aren't running it anymore. Or about simply making a pass here and there, it isn't always as easy especially when you are being smothered and he really should but he doesn't. Nobody is denying Kobe taking shots when others are open, nobody. I already mentioned the turnovers or failed passes, this happens more often than not. You act like this is simply ignored but it isn't, Kobe just doesn't pass it or he couldn't, whatever your take on it but it doesn't always work.
I also mentioned personell and coaching that the players have to be told where to go and yes even remind Kobe to pass at times and where to pass to. When you got 2-3 players all up on your jaw, it is hard to see where the open player is especially when you are spinning and pivoting with arms waving all around and you're trying to take care of the rock. The coach has to tell where the other players to go and tell Kobe where they will be so he can just throw there on instinct.
Byron definitely has a say on who to hire, he determines the final roster outside of a few who has contracts but even those who are already contracted can just be bought out or cut if they Scott really wanted to. These guys have camps and summer leagues, he did not choose to put 3-point shooters in the team. It is also well documented that he doesn't like 3s and find it as some reporters report it "a luxury than a necessity".
Kelly and Henry haven't been playing, Kellys first game was last night and he played 7 minutes. Henry has been less than 100% percent and has played 3 games out of 5 while averaging 10 minutes. You act like these two have been there with Kobe this whole season so far, hell Kobe didn't even get to play with them much last year. Yes an open shot is more efficient than Kobe forcing a shot, nobody is contending this, where the hell did anyone disagree with that?
Again, you really sound like you just want to argue just to argue and you accuse others of not reading when you yourself doesn't seem to be reading yourself.