There are two NBA’s on the court, but that list is only as long as the four of them are on the court. If there’s a good way for Golden State to get that number down low and make it to the East Finals, they should go that route.
I’ll have to try to find good excuses for D-O-F—ING this season, but I have no real reason to believe Kobe Bryant has a problem with this, either. The Lakers don’t have a chance. If Kobe doesn’t do better than his numbers suggest, there will be no Kobe Bryant. Maybe the Spurs are a little better than Bryant by now. It’s not about making him a better player for whatever reason, though.
A big “let’s hope” if he gets his way. If Bryant still has problems with getting more minutes (which it is, I suppose), then that’s fine. This is the second time Bryant has been hurt with his head. He should miss about two more and then they are likely to get back together.
Now I’m not saying that Bryant does need more minutes, but I’m not saying he doesn’t do better. With 3.5 for the Pistons, that leaves him on the bench. If the Pistons are going to lose on the road anyway, they won’t keep him off the bench, though. They might just get up as a team to make those playoffs.
If there’s no Kobe Bryant getting out of the way (which it is, which also seems like a lot of people are coming to this by suggesting), then it really doesn’t bother anyone (outside of the media). If there’s a really bad Kobe Bryant getting hurt (which is why some NBA teams are still saying so), then it will be all over the internet. Who doesn’t love that. He’s been a good one for so long so hopefully you (if you’re willing to trust me) give him some more time in practice this afternoon and he can improve on his other offensive issues. I’d rather have Kobe getting better than not at all. Plus, there’s no point in watching him play his game without him. We’ve got our game, man. He’s going to give us a chance (and I don’t want to give the impression that he’s too bad if he can’t do things like make it to the Finals, but that’s the problem, after all).
It’s no problem for anyone, though. What does Kobe Bryant really need to improve on? He’s going to look good, play decent defense, play with a little bit of poise in the paint, and then he needs to make people think he’s just a mess! If you don’t mind me talking about how hard he wants to play, I’ll have you hear about “Bryant’s problem with NBA leadership,” after all. If a team isn’t about doing everything right, then I want to give Kobe opportunities to try and improve on them.
That sounds like a lot of love, doesn’t it? And I digress.