Originally Posted by DKLaker
This was indeed the genius of Phil Jackson, not strategic moves, it was managing egos.
What I feel 'Antoni should do is first try psychology with Kobe, I would tell him that his talking is distracting the team and hurting his own play. I would remind him that he is Kobe Bryant, the guy who took Smush and Kwame to the playoffs and almost upset the Suns, the guy who played without Bynum for the first 2 of the last 3 finals years. That he was making it seem like he needed Howard, begging for him as if he were nothing without him.
Of course this is all BS but Kobe does have a big ego and if he feels like he is being perceived as begging he will stop it. May not work but I'd give it a try.....if that didn't work you'd have to Man Up and really piss Kobe off real bad to the point he is so pissed off at you that he would forget about Dwight...lol.
What to do with Dwight??? That is much tougher, you would have to really get a feel for what the guy cares about if anything at all. The only way to go is to go with the Legacy issue, the Hall Of Fame issue, the retired number issue, the status of champion issue. The huge problem with that angle is that 'Antoni is using Howard as an afterthought, not as a true center, not as an all-star, not as a great......this is what has caused the problem in the first place.
I can see that last part as being the beginning issue that led to Dwight being annoying. I mentioned in another thread that I was very happy with Kobe and Nash and how they both kept looking for Dwight early. Dwight can be the best if he is smart. That might be a long shot, but last game was a good step in the right direction.
Every game has been fluctuating to where I don't know what the problem is anymore. One game Kobe shoots bad shots while others look great. One game Dwight keeps making bone headed mistakes while Kobe is the one keeping us in it. One game D'Antoni's offense is running so smoothly and Jamison and Meeks are having monster games. Its all been inconsistent. I know where you place your blame. I still don't know where to pinpoint the mistake, although Ive been leaning towards Dwight a lot.