USAToday- In his first tweet since injuring his rotator cuff, Kobe Bryant did two important things: He joked that he should probably cut back on passing, because really life was better when he was just scoring all of the points himself.
Hey, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Not without some consequences anyway. You either get "put the team on his back, 40 shots a night" Kobe, or you get "ironically pass to my teammates that I know can't score to prove that I don't shoot too much" Kobe. It appears the latter may cost the Lakers, well….nothing. Let's be real, their season is over. Doesn't matter if Kobe in his prime took steroids and marched back onto that court. No superhuman performance is putting out the dumpster fire that is the 2014-2015 Los Angeles Lakers. The fact that Kobe was out there with a bad right shoulder playing with only his left hand is a testament to how little the games matter for this team down the stretch.
Anyway, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Kobe Bryant is one of the most dominant scorers in NBA history. Can't turn him into a passer at the ripe age of 36. Should have tried to work that into his repertoire years ago. It's like when an athletic kid goes to the gym for the first time and has no idea what he's doing. Sure, he might have the ability to do some of the motions, but if he does them too much without supervision he's going to end up hurt. It's like moving a wide receiver to corner back. Yeah, it's the same sport, but their body isn't used to what the position entails. Kobe's position is shooting guard, and he takes that title quite literally. Plus, no one that is still paying to watch Laker basketball wants to watch Kobe pass to an asian dude, Iggy Azalea's boyfriend, and a bunch of glorified bench players. At this point there is only 5 guys on the floor at one time for the Lakers because that's what the rulebook states. 17 assists? How about you attempt to coach for me one time Byron Scott? Any pass over the double digit mark is pure recklessness. Might as well put Alexander Ovechkin on the penalty kill to block shots, have RGIII run the option, or try to have Derrick Rose play basketball for an entire season without missing a game. All will end very similarly.
P.S. Kobe posting up in an NBA game with a shooting hand that doesn't work, and taking offhanded fadeaways…and making them…is one of the more ludicrous/impressive things I have ever seen.