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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  79 responses

Kobe Bryant Wants to Be More of a Facilitator Next Season


The road back from an Achilles injury has been one long slog, but Kobe Bryant fully intends to be in the lineup when the 2013-14 season kicks off. He also says that he may play a slightly different role for the Los Angeles Lakers, one that involves a lot more (gasp!) passing. Per ESPN: “On what type of player he’ll be in 2013-14 … ‘You have to be able to adapt. During this last season, I was able to find areas to adjust my game to help us win, in terms of being more of an assist guy. You got to pick up certain areas and a lot of it depends on just the team that you have and the guys that you have around you. I’m more than comfortable just sitting back and scoring 21, 22 points or whatever and getting 10, 11 assists whatever the case might be. More than comfortable with that. It’s just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else.’ On if he thinks about what the best-case scenario will be for him when he returns to the court from his Achilles injury … ‘Every day. I envision it every day. You have to. You have to be able to see it first.’ On what Kobe Bryant we will see next season … ‘Hopefully the Kobe that used to have an afro that can’t grow an afro anymore. That will be a good day.’”

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  • shockexchange

    This is just a marketing ploy to get Rent-A-Center to re-sign.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the lakers near future is looking pretty dark

  • roscoe

    its very difficult to disagree with you

  • OneStep

    Of course you do Kobe. Of course you do. Until your teammates fail to turn your passes into dimes then jack-it-up Kobe will be back.

  • Jay Brodes

    i would love to see him have the explosion and the lift he had this season. will be great. if he has to play point 2 guard i am fine with that and he closes at the end! i can live with that. i do see him avg more like 25 thou!

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr (i) has the best work ethic than anyone in the L, (ii) is the 2nd greatest 2 guard ever and (iii) the best player of his era. However, when he’s not surrounded by “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” then not so much.

  • ChosenOne

    I’m sorry, but please explain outside of Shaq and Gasol, the “exceptional talent” Kobe has been surrounded by throughout his career?? I’m with you on certain things, but this “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” is a little off…

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Nice try Kobe, but D-12 is out… Dont think he likes dealing with you or the expectations in LA

  • bike

    Kobe to Dwight “I swear to God, I will pass you the ball if you stay”.
    Dwight “Really, Kobe, you mean that? Pinkie promise?”

  • Daddynate

    Kobe knows the end is getting closer, and he knows he’ll be able to age with more grace if the Lakers find another guy who can take a lot of scoring duties from him. He doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be a 25+ppg guy, probably won’t ever be anymore. If they re-sign Dwight, they still need another good wing scorer and/or a young dynamic point guard. No Dwight, Lakers are in big trouble and Kobe will look older really fast if he has to carry them again.

  • shockexchange

    (i) Shaq, (ii) Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, two skilled 7 footers at the same ____ time, (iii) Pau Gasol / Rent-A-Center at the same ____ time, posting up, callin’ for it at the same ____ time.

  • Daddynate

    I think that injury will be the point of which Kobe will start to seriously decline. My belief is that we’ll now see the “Wizards-Jordan” version of Kobe. He said it himself, he’ll be happy being a 21ppg guy who passes more, translation = (I don’t think I can dominate every night anymore).

  • Daddynate

    Nope, those days are over and he knows it. He really wants the Lakers to find someone for him to pass the torch to. When did you ever think you’d hear Kobe say, he’s ok with lower numbers? That’s a man who’s realized his limitations. If the Lakers continue to need him to be a 25+ ppg guy, they’ll be in the lottery and Kobe won’t make it through the season.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I remember that facilitating Kobe that was around for like a week

  • Max

    He had a 5 game span of 11 assists per game, an 8 game span of 8 assists per game, a 4 game span of 10 assists per game and another 4 game span of 11.
    Kobe is an inconsistent facilitator lol.

  • Max

    I really enjoy watching that Kobe.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you don’t even have to be more a facilitator. Just let Steve Nash have the ball, and become a scorer…..who doesn’t need to dribble 10 times a possession.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    haha dwight would say that

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i hope kobes days arent over. he cant go out as a scrub.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    #8 or #24?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    hes a leader! he was just tryna get these bums some confidence

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    looks like it unfortunately

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    sad thing

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    ‘Horry Jr (i) has the best work ethic than anyone in the L’

    im glad we agree stock

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    I would cosign, but I reckon Nash may be done. His body is breaking down.

  • shockexchange

    Sancheezzz! By the way, check your email.

  • LakeShow

    It’s hard to say where Nash will be. They didn’t want Nash with the ball this past season.
    He was shaky.
    I pray he has it in him, but they can’t count on that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “They didn’t want Nash with the ball this past season. He was shaky.”
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    And how did you come up with that? They hired D’Antoni during the season, for the exact opposite reason.

  • LakeShow

    Really?

    He hands out more assists than any 2 guard all season and you think he had a good week of passing the rock?

    I guess we all see the game differently.

  • Mars

    Steve Nash is of no use.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i have!, im waiting by the mail, and plan to reserve the book at 4 different local libraries

  • LakeShow

    Just think… there’s no argument to be had.

    Do you think Nash should have had the ball in his hands all season?
    Of course not. He was injured, TO prone(by his standards) and incredibly slow on both ends. He didn’t look good this past season. There’s no reason for us to expect a dramatic up-rise in his health and conditioning.
    That doesn’t mean he can’t come back to form it’s just not likely.

    It’s more than likely they will need to bank on KB to do a majority of play making while Nash is out with injuries and whatnot.

  • LakeShow

    He’s a good shooting guard now.
    Hopefully he comes back to form and can take the reigns though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i did not see any point where Nash was able to even try and do what he’s good at….. i mean i know he didn’t look good at all. but he also didn’t really get a chance too. a couple playoff games without Kobe is not really a fair sample to draw conclusions from. And with Kobe? He never had the ball.

  • Daddynate

    Naw, he won’t be a scrub, but he won’t be dominant either. Think Jordan playing in Washington, still 21ppg, but not dominating.

  • Max

    Both, but facilitating Kobe was fun to watch.

  • Kev

    realize his limitations? that dude was leading the league in scoring for quite a while. he could still go bananas out there

  • LakeShow

    They never could hand the keys to Nash because he never could support the team like he needs to in order for his skills to be maximized. We all know how Nash needs to play in order for success. He was never healthy enough to command the ball away from KB.
    He is obviously best with the ball in his hands and running the show. There’s just one problem. He was incredibly injured, slow, and couldn’t handle hard ball pressure. Kobe literally had to go and get the ball from Nash several times while he was getting shut down by PG’s dribbling the ball up court. I haven’t seen as many bone headed and just plain bad plays from Nash in his 5 best years as I did with him in his limited role last year.
    This hurts me to say, because I love Nash and fully supported D’Antoni and him, because I felt they could do something special. I still do, but it won’t be with Nash being the old Nash we are use to.
    He and KB both need to (and had) adjust(ed) their games to being more like each other. KB needs to facilitate more and Nash needs to shoot more. That was working very well for them post all star break. If KB and Nash share the duties of play making and scoring they will both benefit physically and the team will as well.
    This strategy takes pressure off of Nash and helps KB in the back court and is the Lakers best option at this point assuming Chris Paul doesn’t come to town ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i just wanna see this man embrassing kids

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    lol didnt look natural tho

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it takes Nash time to figure stuff out.
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    “They never could hand the keys to Nash because he never could support the team like he needs to in order for his skills to be maximized”
    - How do you really know this? He never got any time to figure it out. He got injured, and the team was in a hole when he came back. By that time, he got short stretches at most where he was the primary ball handeler.
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    And there is no reason for the Lakers not to at least try and let Nash figure it out. They are paying him 30 million dollars. Might as well not try and turn him into Steve Blake.
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    Kobe Bryant has to stop trying to bail Nash out. You believe Kobe had to come get the ball from Nash, and I argue that, you have to fail in order to succeed. Stopping mid-fail helps nobody.

  • LakeShow

    He’s turning 40…
    Yes it takes everyone time to figure stuff out, but banking on a 40 year old PG to erase all his injuries and be able to carry an offense again is pushing it man.
    It hurts me to argue it because I wish I had the faith you do that Nash will rise again… of course I want him back, but it was evident D’Antoni felt more comfortable with KB having the ball in his hands.

    Now if Nash is healthy this coming season and really looks like he has shaken off all of the dust and rust from last season, then hell yes, hand him the ball and let him go to work.
    I just don’t think that is realistic.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BANK ON HIM.
    .
    You aren’t winning a championship with Kobe Bryant as your facilitator and Steve Nash as a spot up shooter.
    .
    If you want even a chance at succeeding, Steve Nash is your main facilitator. If he can’t do that? then your team can’t win. it’s that simple.

  • LakeShow

    So how did they win 28 of games in 40 try’s doing that just that…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    How many rings do you get for winning games in the regular season? Any?

  • LakeShow

    How many games do you need to win to get to the post season? Any?
    Lets settle this easily for both of us to feel good: You win.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    when has getting to the post season ever made a team a championship contender? The Lakers have no depth. No perimeter defense. No shooting. THey aren’t a championship contender by any stretch of any imagination.

  • Junior Taylor

    So….what does Steve Nash do? Stand in the corner and pray that Kobe passes to him? Come on now…how about doing what you know best which is scoring and allowing Nash to do what he does best which is having the ball in his hands and playmaking.

  • LakeShow

    Okay, thanks for setting me straight. You win.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Win what? I don’t understand why you start a discussion and then react like a 15 year old girl with a hurt ego every time you have nothing else to add. You know disagreeing with me is not a simple process. Why start it if that’s how you are gonna act?

  • Daddynate

    Limitations meaning he’s 35 with 18 years of NBA and deep championship playoff runs worth of mileage. Now he’s coming off of his worst injury in the worst place it could be, because his quickness and lateral movement will be much slower.. I don’t doubt he can go “bananas” from time to time, but averaging 26 points, I doubt it.

  • LakeShow

    Disagreeing with you is incredibly simple actually.
    Especially when you make asinine statements.
    Why start if you just want to “win” a conversation?
    Your incredibly dumb if you think the Lakers won’t be championship contenders next year. They won’t be favorites, but they will be where the Spurs were this season.
    You have NO IDEA how the Lakers will play next year. They will have multiple HOF’ers with a last chance at a chip.
    Think what you want though I couldn’t give a sh*t about your opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Your incredibly dumb if you think the Lakers won’t be championship contenders next year. They won’t be favorites, but they will be where the Spurs were this season. You have NO IDEA how the Lakers will play next year. They will have multiple HOF’ers with a last chance at a chip.
    Think what you want though I couldn’t give a sh*t about your opinion.”
    .
    .
    And you could have said that last year. Actually, you in all likelihood did say that.
    .
    .
    Now who really looks incredibly dumb?
    .
    .
    p.s. you have NO IDEA how the Lakers will play next year, either.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and if you think the original comment i made, that you started this conversation over is asinine. Then that says everything that needs to be said about your opinion on Kobe Bryant, The Lakers, and the game of basketball.

  • LakeShow

    You do.

    As I should have said they were contenders last year, yes, this coming season also.

    The Lakers were healthy and didn’t have any unusual things happen over the season so it’s definitely a incredibly smart thing to judge them based upon last year. Incredibly smart.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s cute. saying something is true just because you think it would have been.
    .
    and Santa would have been able to fly on a sled with magic deer
    .
    if only there were magic.
    .
    see how that, “yeah, it’s true, but only because i say so” thing works?
    .
    it doesn’t.

  • LakeShow

    No man, your cute, and a winner.

  • LakeShow

    Good supporting evidence to your theory of the Lakers not being champ contenders.
    If supporting evidence is your opinion that is…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i have no reason to think they will be a championship contender. there is no evidence needed, if you watched basketball this season.

  • robb

    Lake not to be pessimistic but with D’antoni on board the Lakers can’t be contenders. The talent is there, and I do believe Kobe can adjust and be effective as a facilitator, but the rest of the team will struggle finding his way with this system. I hate to say this but that’s the truth.

  • grgeblck

    Too late. He could’ve and should’ve won a lot more if he thinks like this years back.

  • Saleem Rainman

    So whats Steve Nash gonna be used for? Another season of him being misused? awesome.

  • Saleem Rainman

    exactly.

  • Saleem Rainman

    21-22 points and 10-11 assists? You’d have to come back better than u were last year to pull that off Kobe…how many players have done that the past 5 years? lol

  • LakeShow

    nbk think’s that D’Antoni is a great coach, so he thinks it’s the talent that can’t win a chip… which is frankly retarded.
    Kobe and Pau won a chip with Odom and Fish… Howard got to the finals with scrubs and Hedu. I don’t see why Kobe, Pau, Dwight can’t win a chip.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah I watched them have the most injury plagued season in Laker memory.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So? That’s doesnt mean they were contenders. And they are still injured. You know jack sh*t about next season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol you are an idiot.

  • LakeShow

    ur a winner.

  • LakeShow

    Yes you and I know jack sh*t about next season.
    Glad we both don’t think too much of ourselves.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Glad you admitted that. Getting all defensive about how you know they will contend can stop now

  • playa

    It doesn’t matter,lakers will still be an average team & kobe will always be “at fault” no matter what he will/won’t do, sadly.

  • LakeShow

    I never have a problem admitting stuff like that.
    Some other people have a rather large ego, they won’t admit stuff like that…. …. ….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Your incredibly dumb if you think the Lakers won’t be championship contenders next year”
    .
    no problem at all.

  • LakeShow

    You’re still saying you know what will happen next season you egotistical f*ck.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah if this Lakers team uses Steve Nash as primarily a spot up shooter I know what will happen. There are no advantages to having him on the court in that role. It’s stupid to even think the Lakers would try that.
    .
    If Nash is playing and not handling the ball, this Lakers offense is going to be inconsistent.

  • LakeShow

    …Stupid to think the Lakers would try that… Lol they did!
    Watch basketball!
    It actually worked pretty well when Nash was healthy-ish too. They obviously need a full season with a training camp to get things figured out.

    Your such a pompous prick for acting like this last season has given any merit to judge the Lakers going forward.

    They started a season with Mike Brown and finished it with D’Antoni, along with new parts, pieces, and a ridiculous amount of injuries… and still got the 7th seed.

    Can you please just read these words and rest easy:
    You WIN
    Your like the much more flawless mother theresa of these threads.
    You are the end all and the be all on all things basketball.
    The Alpha and Omega.
    The rising star and the setting sun…
    You are…
    nbk

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They tried that out of necessity. Not by choice.
    .
    It worked out well? Then why did they stop?
    .
    I’m a prick for thinking the Lakers, the second oldest team in the league, may reflect how they played the season before? Oh….because they were injured? — How long has Kobe been off of crutches again anyway? And who is your Center? Oh, you’ll “replace” him? With what money? Speaking of, what happens if there are injuries again? You have no depth, and you have no money? Have you thought this through?
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    Yes, they got the 7th seed. Cool beans. They have 2 of the top 5 players on earth and they made the playoffs. YES. There is no reason to believe that means they will magically compete for a title the next year. The gap between champion and 7th seed, is much greater than 7th seed and lottery team. much much much greater.
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    I don’t care about winning. Don’t say my name in a comment and call the opinion i carry retarded. You do that, I will just keep showing you how dumb you are.
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    Saying the rest of that stuff only encourages me to keep going. You are incredibly immature. Don’t address what I say, or bring up my opinion if you don’t want to talk. It’s that simple. Acting like an emotionally damaged child is not going to do anything.

  • LakeShow

    You win man.

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