Originally Posted by rhythmic †hesis
Kobe has been lazy defensively.
Problem is, we're asking him to play 36-40 minutes a night; be our facilitator and our go-to-scorer, and then ask a guy in his 17th season to also spend a lot of his energy defensively?
That's one of the biggest reasons I love the Nash trade; Kobe can concentrate more defensively because he'll preserve more energy offensively with Nash being the primary ball handler.
But yeah, his defense has been terrible all year.
His defense has been extremely lazy this year, and that's something any reasonable Laker fan can admit. But I believe it has A LOT more to do with conserving energy than anything else. He's doing A HELL OF A LOT for this Lakers team, and he;s in his 17th season where he shouldn't have to take such a load. I think Nash coming back will ease some of that pressure, but he's an old-man now and I fear he'll have another injury.