Home where I wanted to go
I know that the idea was to free him up a little more and get him some easier scoring opportunities but Kobe has abused it. He's been taking shots almost everytime he touches the ball. It would be one thing to give a more disciplined player the freedom to shoot the ball more but Kobe has proven over the years that he's incapable of playing within the confines of a structured offense, especially as the lead dog. He just takes way too many bad shots for Phil to give him so much freedom. I know that our offense has been stagnating but Kobe has been part of the problem, not the solution. Screaming for the ball in the post everytime down court doesn't exactly help the other players gain familiarity with the offense. It gets them used to giving Kobe the ball and standing around, just like Kobe likes it. Don't contort this post into me hating Kobe or anything. I've always said that he's one of my favorite players. However, I can't get over the fact that he hasn't been able to curb his aggressive and often selfish play after 10 years in this league. I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever be able to win another title with Kobe as the "go to guy".