Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  98 responses

Pau Gasol Unhappy With Kobe’s Shooting Spree

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

While the rest of the world was busy feting Kobe Bryant for surpassing the great Jerry West on the all-time scoring list last night in Memphis, his teammate Pau Gasol stewed over the lack of touches he received in the loss (only ten shot attempts compared to KB’s 28), indicating a growing frustration with his role within the Laker offense.

So, is this Kobe vs. Shaq, the remix? Probably not — Gasol isn’t nearly as combative or willing to fight Bryant for top dog status as O’Neal was — but it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on.

The OC Register tried to capture Pau’s sullen mood last night:

Gasol has on several occasions offered passive-aggressive comments about not getting the ball enough after Lakers losses in the past. This time, the comments leaned a little harder toward aggressive, particularly when it came to Bryant.

Gasol was asked about Bryant’s new record and offered politically correct – and believably authentic – commentary (“I’m proud of him; I congratulate him”) before adding the kicker: “Now we can focus on winning games again.” Bryant and Gasol have a good relationship, no doubt. There is a fundamental mutual respect, a shared obsession with the intricacies of the game and a necessary understanding that Bryant is the alpha male and Gasol is not.

Bear in mind that Phil Jackson was a little miffed at Bryant on his historic night, too. Jackson told the team at halftime, when Bryant had 23 of the Lakers’ 50 points, that Bryant was “forcing the action.” Jackson also said in the halftime locker room, alluding to the 29 points Bryant needed in the game to pass Jerry West: “Let’s get him over the hump, so we can play team ball again.”

Bryant, unlike of late, actually shot spectacularly well last night (57% from the field); it’s just that he took way too many shots. To date, Kobe is averaging more shot attempts than anyone else in the NBA.

When Shaq was traded to Miami following the calamitous 2004 season, Kobe demanded that Laker management get him the help he needed to win titles. They eventually came through for him, and then some.

It’s important for Bryant to remember that his teammates — especially the big fellas — can play a little, and that he doesn’t have to try and do everything himself each night.

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  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Kobe is a great scorer and recently hes been a better teammate unformtunately every so often e goes off on one and wont pass it off to anyone else not even Pau.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh, there he is… thought whiny Pau had retired that part of his personality, glad to see it’s still alive and kicking. So a big isn’t too happy with the amount of touches he get’s playing next to Kob’s? What else is new?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones


  • Marcel Mutoni

    As I stated on Twitter, KB will respond to this one of two ways: 1)shooting even more out of spite, 2)refusing to shoot altogether. I love this game!

  • riggs

    kobes a ball hogging douche? what else is new?

  • http://www.youtube.com/ L

    Well now. Kobe has been and always will be a ball hog. When does he not?

  • JoeMaMa

    Marcel, he may option 3: win another championship. That shut up alot of people, didn’t it?

  • truthteller

    I love kobe and I’m his biggest supporter but sometimes I think Kobe shoots too many times and forces a lot of his shots! Kobe doesn’t and shouldn’t have to do that anymore. He actually has a great team around him. I think now that he has passed Jerry West he can now become a facilitator again.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Yeah it seems to have been a growing concern for the Laker’s team. Particularly during times when Kobe has evidently been hurting, such as the Jazz game, where he’s shot the ball over 25+ times.

    I’m a big fan of Kobe and have been since he entered the league but shooting the ball on an off night, which happens to anybody, and not passing the ball can show a lack of confidence in your team mates. Even though they’ll never admit it they’ll surely feel it.

    Bryant has the strongest lineup in the league, even without him the Laker’s will easily be a playoff calibre team, maybe not title contenders but a solid team that could push any other to the limit. Yet Bynum only managed 3 shots the entire game. You’ve got one of the biggest potential star centers in the league in Bynum at just 22 years of age. Who while Gasol was out was posting 20-10 nights at times.

    Can you imagine if both Gasol, Bynum or even Odom were allowed more shots and touches of the ball if Nash or Paul were running point? All three would be 20-10 threats on a nightly basis.

    I know, I might cop a bit of flack from the Kobe Fanatics out there, I’m one of them too (I’ve even got his old slam mag with Just like Mike only Better… 07-08 edition), but I’m just saying he has a lot of potential with his other team mates here. Just hope it’s not a repeat of the 04 Finals saga.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sWhatSheSaid

    I too was upset at his shots in the first half but not for taking them but for missing them. Even free throws. It was awfull to see until he started making them. When he gets on a roll it’s beautiful to watch, but I would like to see him get Bynum involved early. That will pay big dividends in the latter parts of the game. When you don’t get Bynum going early he loses touch with the game and becomes foul prone.

  • jumpman3224

    Last night’s box score reminded me of the January 2006 Lakers. Kobe over 40, not much else from anywhere and a starting center with less than 5 shots. For the Lakers to have a real chance of repeating Kobe needs to regain a focus on getting everyone involved so that teams will be forced to defend Bynum, Gasol and Bryant instead of just Bryant.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Why does everybody refer to Kobe winning championships? He didn’t win them alone. His first three were highly influenced and contributed mostly by Shaq who at that time was the most dominant player in the league. They even brought in the Zone defense into the NBA because no single or double team could stop the guaranteed two points + foul he would get. Hence the term “Hack a Shaq” because his only weakness was shooting further than 4 feet from the basket.

    Then 2009 was influenced once again by Gasol who at that time was already a dominant figure in the Grizzlie team, along with the strengthening growth of Bynum.

    What happened to the Laker team once Shaq left in the summer of 04? How far did they get into the playoffs in 05, 06, and 07 when Kobe was the dominant “Shoot the ball with every touch” figure of the team? It wasn’t until he got an effective “Team mate” that could do all the unnoticed work, of rebounds, defense, and option B presence.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought Kobe’s one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game. It’s just that everybody throws in “His” championships while forgetting about what his team mates brought him. As everybody seems to be labeling Kobe as the ONLY reason why the Laker’s won those championships.

  • kobesbestfriend

    Pau needs 2 know his roll and shut his mouth!b4 having the good fortune of being teamed with the best player on the planet he couldnt win a single playoff game!if mamba wants the ball u better give it 2 him!

  • nnnnnn

    Pau needs to stop complaining. If he and the other players beside Artest would’ve been aggressive they would’ve won – he was way too passive and complaining about every little call – he and Bynum stunk up the joint – don’t blame Kobe for doing what he needs to do to keep his team close when everybody else was lethargic

  • http://www.basketball247.co.uk Greg Tanner

    Eduardo – I hear what you’re saying, but no one can, or has, won championships on their own.

  • jumpman3224

    cosign @Greg Tanner. You can’t find any team that has one based off one single player. The Heat got damn close with Wade. But, trust Kobe played a vital role to the three-peat and Shaq wouldnt have won any of those without him. As far as 05, 06, 07. I think having a few down years is acceptable in anyone’s career. He carried a crappy team to the playoffs in two of those years.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    It’s nothing new that Kobe isn’t a team player and wants the ‘glory’ for himself. Kobe, like MJ is a great athlete and is driven by winning. With that said, I’m sure Pau isn’t the only player that feels this way and at least in private I’d bet Bynum, Artest, Odom, (and Phil) etc. all feel the same way. As good as the Lakers are, they would be MUCH better if Kobe played team ball (the way Magic did and Lebron does). However, if I have to pick one player to ride or die with – I’d ride with Kobe.

  • T-Money

    You’d think people would accept this by now. The Lakers may or may not win the title this year but one thing that is certain is that Kobe will keep chucking. That’s who he is, that’s what he does. And he’s damn good at it, for better or worse.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Marcel is toying with the NBA word police with this headline.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Well, indeed.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    “Pass the ball, jerk!” Pau did not necessarily add.

  • Jake

    Did any of you watch the game last night?As a team the Lakers shot 44% percent in the first half last night,WITH the damage that Kobe did to the Grizzlies.They were +10 with Kobe in the game scoring and -12 with him on the bench.When you are shooting almost 60% for the game,you better take more shots than the rest of your team.By the way,every one of you would be praising the Lakers and Kobe if he nailed another game winner.But he passed the ball to Ron Artest who promptly missed .Oh by the way,the Lakers just ended an 8 game road trip and they had a 5 game winning streak during that period.Pau Gasol wasn’t doing nearly enough to get open during the game,and was playing with fouls.That’s not even to mention the fact that Zach Randolph ate him alive.The rest of the Lakers minus Artest,Gasol and Bryant shot 30.5 percent.THAT is where the problem lies,not with Kobe Bryant.If you want to take 28 shots you should learn how to not foul so you can play more than 30 minutes Pau.And trying rating better than a -7 on the metric stats next time.Big whiner.Oh and thanks for letting KG destroy you in the 08 Finals,Jerk.

  • T-Money

    ”Oh by the way,the Lakers just ended an 8 game road trip and they had a 5 game winning streak during that period.” That’s a nice way of saying that they went 5-3 on the road trip. You work in PR?

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    im a fan of gasol´s game BUT he got outplayed and outbullied by his lil brotha. unless kobe gets his 9 for 28 on theres no reason to complain, he kept them in the game

  • http://twitter.com/manueii ManueII

    Im 5’9 if i got to jack up 30 shots a game. I would put money. MONEY. that i could at least get 13 of those to go in. but 9 /28 nights do not help. AT ALL. And i am a Los Angeles native, so i get to see the mamba in action. If your a lakers fan & your wondering why Ron Artest doesnt Score. Why Bynum doesnt score more with PAU or PAU SCore more with BYNUM. ITS BECAUSE OF THIS. This team shouldve potentially contended to beat or at least match the Bulls RECORD SEASON. BUT. SINCE my dude the MAMBA plays like this. IT WONT HAPPEN. Still i believe he is the most “SKILLED” player. But the reason LBJ wins is because, he gets his team involved. And i still say this. If LBJ KB24′s talent around him. HE WOULDVE ONE MORE THAN ONE RING BY NOW.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He shot 57 percent.
    I respect Pau, but if you want shots, get on the offensive glass.

  • http://www.google.com rushmelo

    Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in the world.
    he’s a damn ball hog and will never realize he has players who deserve 12+ shot attempts per game and its NOT about him all the time.

  • Jake

    @T-Money.Last time I checked,5-3 for a road trip is a damn good record.Most teams finish either at or below .500 on the road.They’re also 7-3 in their last 10 and 14-6 in their last 20.That’s a good record,especially for a team that is playing with a superstar that has 3 injuries that we know of,a complaining second banana and a very underwhelming point guard/second unit.

    Who taught Manuell how to type?

  • T-Money

    Allen: to be fair, Pau’s comment weren’t about the last game only. Kobe shot 41% in January and had multiple 30+ shots games. That’s whack.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    He shot 57 percent and they lost. I respect Kobe’s game but it he wants to win more – he needs to get his team more involved.

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    If any of you have played organized team ball, you know that this is part of the game, wins, losses, someone will always have something to say, Good or Bad, especially when a mic is pushed in their grill and reporters are hounding them. Not a big issue in La-La-Land. All-Star break is going to do alot of team some good. Question is who will put the pieces together for the 2nd half of the season!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    That’s the difference between kobe and jordan, talent wise there like twins. Kobe constantly has problems with his teamates. Jordan made them better. Kobe was GIVEN good players. No one can say that kobe developed gasol. It seems like kobe just uses gasol in the playoffs to win. But regular season is all about kobe tryin to be the goat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I don’t think Pau wants to contend for top dog on the lakers, just a better mix. 28 shots to 10 is a big spread. 23 to 15 sounds better. Plus Pau is a great offensive option. Lakers are a better team that way and Kobe can make his life easier by getting others involved, don’t let the defense just key on him.

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    When gasol is at his best he is arguably the best post today. Its the guards responsibility to get posts involved and motivated to play their @sses off. Problem could be that LA needs a TRUE point guard.

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    RoG23. Jordan went real hard on his teammates unlike Kobe. BJ Armstrong, Scottie and several others had issue with Jordans tactics. Yeah he was a better teammate, but Chi-Town kept they shi* in-house and the reporters and public didn’t get know everything that went on in their locker room, unlike these days.

  • Jake

    Michael Jordan had gigantic problems with his teammates not named Scottie Pippen.Why do you think the Bulls rotated their supporting cast every few years during the Jordan years?I agree with Ali whole heartedly.This is all part of the game.You can’t win them all.If the Lakers win last night,there is a big article on ESPN this morning about the greatness of this years Lakers and how Kobe Bryant willed them to a 6-2 record,all the while playing through nagging injuries and dealing with teammates who aren’t committed to rebounding and playing defense.I’m pointing at you again Pau.

  • fahrenheit

    Why don’t Gasol man up and let his playing do the talking? He’s been balling like a girl the whole roadtrip, letting the physical play of Cleveland and Boston get to him. The fact that Bynum was left in during crunch time vs Boston, and not Gasol, says it all.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    @Rog23. MJ punched one of his teammates in the face at practice…twice.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The sky isn’t always falling.

  • Epsilon Nupe

    El Pablo Gagolina es el mejor jugador del mundo, eve better than Kobe.

  • rob

    I understand Pau’s frustration, but yesterday he was shooting sh*t, all the Lakers except for Artest, played poorly. Kobe was the only player making the shots. And let’s not forget he didn’t take the last one, he gave Artest the chance to win the game and Ron missed. I agree he’s been forcing too many shots lately but yesterday was not the case.

    So Pau, when are you gonna start playing defense???

  • Kas

    I dont think you can say he shot to much when he shot 57 %

  • Justin

    Gasol needs to man up. He got bullied by ZBo and his brother last night. He shrunk against Garnett and was so ineffective that he didn’t play in the ending moments of the Boston game.

    Kobe told him to be more selfish. He wasn’t. That’s on him.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    @Manuell “Im 5′9 if i got to jack up 30 shots a game. I would put money. MONEY. that i could at least get 13 of those to go in” Are you talking about the NBA? The key phrase here is “if i got to”, because you wouldn’t get the chance, because I going to assume you don’t have the skills to play in the NBA. There’s a reason Kobe “gets to” jack up many shots. He’s awesome.

  • LA Huey

    This is really about Pau needed to misdirect the story in all of Spain after getting punked by his little brother. Also, I hoped Pau’s vented to Mamba behind the scenes already and we just don’t know. Otherwise, this complaining via the media about your Alpha Dog…sounds like an awful idea.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com ClutchPerformer

    he hogs the ball what else is new.
    when he won no one says jack about it, but now it seems like a slight falter it comes out, and then the Kobe huggers come out and say oh but hes got 4 titles, 3 of those titles were cuz of Shaq, being the MVP on the team meaning best on the squad, the latest one is his first as top dog and even then they had to bring someone in to get him there, cuz when he was top dog all on his own with shaq gone we saw how succesful he was

    with Kobe you watch and theres possessions you just know anybody else would have passed, itsw like pass the damn ball , but because he makes them no one say anything, but in that loss they got exposed, Eric Snow was saying it on NBA TV, if your gonna pass to Ron do it earlier, but he kept it so long he might as well have took the shot or beat Gasol off the Dribble, but he wanted to go for the win to cap off his record night but realized mid shot he couldnt make it passed it, but at that point when you see Kobe elevating who really thinks hes gonna pass and is ready to catch and shoot as a result, even the D did think so.

    this is why he will never be better than Jordan, jordan was willing to give it up earlier to make game winnners, or had mentality to draw the d and get some one else open and they get the Glory, (Steve Kerr ,John Paxon, or in the Double Nickle Game against the Knicks) but Kobe is too obsessed that he makes it than to pass, Jordan and his teammates had beef cuz of his high standards to make everyone better and win, while Kobe its beef cuz hes hogging the ball and not passing, and jacking up shots. its a team sport afterall.

    him and lebron should switch teams (cavs pre shaq) that way LBJ finally has good back up, and Kobe can jack up shots and no one can argue he has back up and should pass

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money
    If Kobe was shooting poorly, that’s even more offensive rebounds. Get on the glass and eat if you can’t get touches from your teammates. It’s a proven fact that if a big man hustles on the glass, he will get rewarded by his teammates eventually.

  • UnRel

    of course everyone wants shots.. but saying.. ‘now we can focus on winning games” is a lot different that the headline “Gasol unhappy with Kobe”.. let’s not read too much into it.. cause Coach PJ said the same thing about “getting him over the hump”.. gasol was on the bench against boston.. and jumped and cheered when kobe his the game winner.. and now this?.. it’s a little bit too much hype on a few quotes.. lakers shooting and lack of passing didn’t lose the game.. the lack of rebounding did.. check the reb and offensive rebound differences.. and let’s not bring in LBJ in this discussion.. cause the grizz beat the cavs in december.. and the box scores are pretty similar.. do the homework..

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Co-sign UnRel. There is a huge difference between reading between the lines and writing between the lines. This feels more like the latter.

  • T-Money

    read the ull thing. gasol also said that the ball should go inside more often. this is nothing new, he’s been saying that since last year. allenp, pau does hit the glass, rebounding has never been a problem for him. it’s a crime not to feed a top 5 (at least) low post scorer.

  • matt

    I loath the lakers and love the jazz, but Pau is the best big man in the league today and kobe would be wise to share the ball with him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money

    From what I’ve seen, the Lakers pass inside on occasion, but rarely does Paul establish the kind of position that someone like Shaq did in the triangle. I think that while Kobe is guilty of taking bad shots, so are many of the other Lakers. And I think Pau is guilty of not being as aggressive as he could be when he does get touches.
    But, I’m not certain.

  • UnRel

    the best way to look at what the lakers problem is.. is simple to me.. compare the game vs the grizz to the game vs boston.. to me.. kobe was the same.. bad shots.. good shots.. etc etc.. let’s talk about the other players… the performance is night and day..

  • K

    Pau’s right. The offense tends to flow much better when he’s getting touches, since other players move more without the ball (Pau being much more likely to pass out of the double team than Kobe).

  • Jdubbs

    Did Jordan have to get his teammates more involved? Dude averaged like 35 pts a game continuously.

    Did Gasol win anything before he joined the Kobe jr.’s?

  • Jake

    I’m a Lakers fan and even I have to admit Pau is not the best big man in the game. He’s far too passive.If Andrew Bynum and Pau changed roles like they do when Pau is injured,Bynum would produce far better numbers as indicated by what he was doing early on in the season.

  • Tweaks

    Man,that’s why i hate the MEDIA so much nowdays. It’s just like some dude said above…back in the 90′s you didn’t get THIS CLOSE in the kitchen of every team!!!. But to stick on the media hate…my point is that people have the autority to escalate words and situations WAAAAY TOO MUCH. Everyone is in this reality-bs …that implies a lot of bad mouthing..and A SORT OF GOSSIPNESS ..that is just unhealthy for any serious subject..moreso the nba. Everybody is twisting everybody else’s words..and the circus goes on and on. Hence the sick need for PR-specialists…wich are an absurdity themselves…people ain’t allowed to express their opinions anymore(without going to severe scrutiny)..that’s why maybe more and more people are beggining to have a paranoid-2-faced attitude when it comes to SPEAKING. I’d say that in reality…things are not so BITTER for none of the sides involved (gasol/kb) …and just hope that it doesn’t turn into another MEDIA-GENERATED feud…like everything else nowdays..for that matter.
    PS: i’m speaking with the same sense of hate that was first born during the big-pac beef…remember how the media turned everybody against eachother??Today’s media does the same thing in an almost instinctive way…from the broadest to the smallest level…every damn thing is twisted and re-interpreted… YEAH THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE SUX BIG TIME…i mean…wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Like I said, Z-Bo is going to run up and down the Lakers’ bigs every time they match up. Gasol has a right to be upset when he’s not getting touches, but he should be more worried that Randolph outrebounded him by 8 boards…

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    With Kobes finger injury the team has enough talent for Kobe to sit down for a few weeks before the playoffs. The team could still play good with him out and not have to worry about losing the #1 spot. I wonder if Kobe realises that.

  • Peter

    Maybe he should pass to Pau more, maybe he shouldn’t…but Pau only opens his mouth when they lose…last I checked they have the best record in the west, so obviously they are doing something right.

  • T-Money

    wow, kobe does have some fierce supporters in there. the guy has been chucking for a month with games like cleveland not being an anomaly (12-31 fg). it’s irrelevant to compare the post up styles of shaq and pau. botton line is: pau gets buckets when he’s fed down low. instead of throwing up the 6th or 7th straight fadeaway jumpers maybe he ought to get his two 7-footers a look or two, no? lakers are not winning anything with kobe shooting 30+ shots, that’s a fact.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    co sign teddy, zbo owns the lakers. didnt they lose for many many years in portland?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money
    No doubt Kobe is a chucker. Is he more of a chucker this year compared to last year? I’m not so sure.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Kobe has few supporters on here fam and I’m one of them. The haters are just taking a day off I guess. But truth be told, if artest hits that shot last night we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

  • Jalepino Sausage

    Yeah Boy , but he missed it , Lakers had no points in the paint & they lost the game. The.if they gaveBron hisboardin NY he would have punked the kobster at the garden that day with atrey deuce. I give kobe his props he the best scorer forthe lakers , but he aint better than Bron as a player. Prime example. peace

  • http://ww.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe did his thing, Pau needs to shut up or go back to Memphis, he has played small against the good teams. Marc Gasol looked better than him last night, he was dominated, so blame Kobe for shooting. I watched the game, the Lakers lost because Phil kept Kobe on the bench to long in the 4th quarter and Brown, Farmer and Odom, just kept bricking and bricking. Pau should have demanded the ball then. So when Kobe gets back the Lakers are getting outplayed and looking like they all already defeateed. Truth be told, if Kobe played the entire 4th the Lakers win, thats it, and Fisher needs to sit, his poor shot selection and defensive lostness is killing the Lakers. Mike (scrub) Conley looked like a great point guard last night. COME ON!!!

  • Johnson

    Is any of this news? Kobe is a shot taker and a shot maker, I just chalk it up to lack of trust and his clearly emanating self-reliance but thats Kobe. Pau should prolly get a few more touches a game especially when Kobe is as beat up as he is(his fg% shows that)but he isn’t an unselfish player that takes advantage of opportunities as they present themselves he makes shot opportunities and frankly takes quite a few shots that should be left alone. If he wasn’t Kobe his selection wouldn’t fly with most coaches but alas thats not the case so Pau just needs to deal and keep using his frustration with touches to lead to massive offensive rebounding. On another note they need to find themselves a pg that rotation is ridiculous, Fisher isn’t aging well and farmar/brown are both good situational pgs but they need to give somebody decent consistent minutes.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    For those saying that they constantly changed the Bulls lineup when he was there, take a look at the team between 96-98. That team was intact that hole time.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    For those saying that they constantly changed the Bulls lineup when Jordan was there, take a look at the team between 96-98. That team was intact that hole time.

    Kobe being 27+ in efficiency. Did you watch the Jazz game when got to -25?

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  • Jack

    Hopefully this f*cks all chemistry they have, and results in a big issue. I been saying this allllll year, Kobe shoots too much for the amount of talent that is on his TEAM.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    A few notes:
    1) Kobe does facilitate but just gives up on his team too easily. Throw it down low a couple of times. Kickin’ it around the perimeter certainly isn’t working
    2) The Lakers do not need a ‘true point guard’ because they play in the triangle. When has Jordan and Kobe had true point guards? Armstrong? Fisher? KERR?
    3) I get the point people are making, ‘kobe isn’t any different than he was last year’ but that’s just not true. He’s got eight fingers and a thrown back. Remember how good he was in the beginning of the season and how he is now? He’s CLEARLY hurt. He shouldn’t be playing the way he was in the beginning of the season. Hell, he’s taking MORE shots. That’s crazy. Pass the ball, son.
    4) The Office really sucks. Just throwing that out.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm, Juks, if you mean the Steve Carrell USA version of the Office, then i do agree. But you have to watch the original series starring the one and only Ricky Gervais…that’s good stuff.

  • Johnson

    I nearly pissed myself during the charity episode when Gervais did the most ridiculous dance ever. I was faded though but I’m sure it wouldn’t have mattered.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Darksaber: Never seen it. I am a fan of Gervais though.

  • Yesse

    I agree.Kobe is almost looking like the old Kobe.

  • Justin

    No Kobe isn’t taking MORE shots. His FGA per game actually went down in January. I swear, people need to check the stats. His efficiency went down, not shot attempts.

  • wjoeyu

    yea, that’s why he passed it to Ron Artest for the last shot.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    Justin: we’re not just talking about January. His shot increase, injuries, and the Lakers loses started into December, where Kobe was chucking up a HELLUVA lot.

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  • gigolo

    @ all commentors here

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Caps Lock much?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Office is the best comedy on television along with 30 Rock, Jukai. Get out of here with that.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    I think Kobe’s maturity and unselfishness improved dramatically once he returned from training and playing for the US teams over the past couple of Summer’s prior to 2008.

    He became a great facilitator and team chemistry improved heaps after those years. Proven results returning to the 2008 finals then returning to win it in 2009.

    Just hope he doesn’t forget what sort of game play allowed him to get in those fortunate positions unlike when he wanted to prove so much between 2005-2007. Those years they got eliminated by the unselfish teams in the first rounds of the playoffs.

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    Example of not using the big man to his capabilities.

    A few of the Magic’s loses this season could have been salvaged if they passed him the ball early in the post. Instead the Magic team mates stood around the Three Point line as if they were all participating in the three point competition.

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  • don

    i bet pau wouldn’t be complaining if he was with bron

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    All insults aside fellaz, bottom line is Pau was verbalizing his fustrations in public, which inturn sounds to the media and basketball fans like he has a problem with Kobe, which is the far from the truth. These cats have to put up with each other for 82 game, plus the playoff, these things happen on every team. But if your one of the top 5 teams in the league this type of stuff is juicy news/blog worthy material.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Chintao never fails to bring it…hard!

  • ab_40

    Kobe is a great player but I’ll never jump on his bandwagon. to think about it I was never on the Jordan bandwagon I liked pips game more. Maye laker fans can explain why he can’t take the jordan in the late 90s route. take what the ofense gives him throught the first 43 minutes and take over the last 5. Let gasol and bynum get their touches inside so it opens up the shooters. for a team with that many good players they’re in far too much close games. and that ladies and gentleman is the next step in kobes game. LeBron already sort of knows how to do that. Paul Pierce knows. and that’s about it. no other contender has that clear cut clutch guy.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    the way i see it. kobe asked for help. he got it. he wanted to win a championship post shaq…they got that too…NOW, he wants to put the ball in the basket. he’ll go do that to on his own accord…

  • Dagger

    On this team, there is no way in hell Kobe should have the most shot attempts in the league. That is ridiculous.

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.net donlaker

    is this the first time , memphis was hungrier for that game and kobe’s (old school iverson 30 shots)
    super scorer effort still lost them the game.
    bynum ,fisher ,and pau , did say they should have pounded the paint and used the twin 7 ft post advantage hey phil/brian shaw… coach

  • Gary

    I like Kobe, but cmon…Phil, Gasol, Fisher, and even Bynum is right about this. Kobe has shot below 50% 10 out of the last 15 games. Give bynum or gasol the ball that many times and he could put up the numbers Kobe is putting up..but with a better percentage. Kobe has been calling out his players…neglecting to mention his poor shooting performances and finally they are pushing back. Good Job.

  • http://www.fantasticfansite.com Fontaine

    Kobe wanted that scoring title. He reverted back to “MJ from the late 80′s” against the Grizzlies, where his personal accomplishments and milestones took more importance over getting the DUB (W)! Classic Kobe. Boo.

  • chintao

    Darksaber, you know how we do. The remarkable thing is how that moniker is almost always relevant to the post. I can’t take credit, though (I’m not nearly as skilled as the limelight-hustling Phake Jax-son). Kobe should get dap for that.

  • maw

    Kobe’s a ballhog. In other news, the sky is blue. Hey Kobe, you got the deepest lineup in the league, your teammates can play you know?