Originally Posted by Younggrease
but people are attributing it to having to carry more of the scoring load and not his knee. Kobe came back this year without his knee being close to full strength and no time to strengthen it. If you wanna judge if Kobe has truely lost a step wait until next year when he actually has free time to rehab it. Having had knee surgery before defense is the last thing that comes back and i doubt you really want to push your knee on defense every game against nba players if it isnt 100% or even close.
Kobe averages 35 a game gets 1st team all defense...next year he has surgery comes back fat and out of shape with his knee clearly not 100 percent--his defense falls off--but people attribute to him scoring more when he is averaging 5 points less then when he made 1st team last year. Explain the logic in that.
Either way Tmac is better now defensively.