Re: Problem with Kobe is not his offense, it's his defense
In my opinion, age AND laziness play a factor in Kobe's unwillingness to play consistent, hard on-ball defense.
But here's the problem.
We all know Kobe Bryant needs to play less hero-ball. Kobe puts it on himself by constantly taking control the ball, stopping the offensive flow, and iso-ing for hero ball. This is what takes the majority of his offense.
As someone previously stated, with Nash on the court, he can be the facilitator while Kobe flows along with the play (hopefully) with less wear-and-tear on his body.
This will conserve energy for some defensive play. Will he adapt to a mindset that constantly pushes him to play acceptable defense? Probably not, but at least he's giving himself the opportunity to.