Kobe doesn’t play nice with others. So no longer is Los Angeles the center of the basketball world. Helmed by a flawed coach, achored by an ailing veteran with an attitude and a fanbase delusional at best of how the organization is now viewed, the Lakers are presently at the edge of a cliff. Will Dwight give them a parachute or a push. It is all or nothing this week.
"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael’s superior skills as a leader," Jackson said. "Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence. Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he’d yet to experience the cold truth of leadership in his bones, as Michael had."
Bryant gradually evolved during the 2008-09 championship season, when the Lakers successfully retooled with a more finessed look with Pau Gasol instead of the brute force of the Shaquille O’Neal teams.
That’s one of the things that didn’t work out this year. Kobe’s leadership skills have steadily increased since ‘08 and led to a couple of championships, but it was not applied as well with Dwight. But what style DOES work with Dwight? That is the question the Lakers are asking themselves. CP3 is just as intense as Kobe but may be even more abrasive in how he can get with his teammates during games. The more I think about it the more that Houston seems the likely destination for Dwight and the Lakers rennaissance becomes the rebuilding of the empire around the crumbling emperor.
When he doesn’t play, there’s always that kind of rush [for] everybody — the ball moves a little bit more and stuff, and it all feels good for a while — but eventually, you can’t make up for what Kobe does. It all comes back to reality.
There is gonna be some cramming to find out their identity but that task is made a lot easier with 2 all star big men. A LOT EASIER.
"I made a move that I make a million times and……………. it’s popped."