Being a leader doesn't mean much at all compared to being a player. Anybody can lead. Only a few players in history can drop 21 second-half points on the greatest defensive professional basketball team known to mankind.
He may take 2-3 plays off the entire game, but when you are chasing Allen through multiple screens, guarding Pierce after that, and watching fools on your own team getting abused by the other team's 9th and 10th men, it's really not that big of a deal. Also, he had his back to Powe because he didn't expect his own teammates to be dumb enough to let a PF cross the half-court line with nobody else making an effort to stay in front of him. Bottom line is if Radmanovic stays in front of Powe (like he should have), Kobe doesn't need to be involved in that sequence.
If some people believe that Leon Powe plowing through Luke Walton and making Radmanovic look like a lazy fool is Kobe Bryant's fault, they can continue to do so. They'll still be wrong.
How did that "finger-pointing" work out after he was taped saying that Bynum should have been shipped out for Kidd? It resulted in a 7.8 ppg 5.9 rpg 1.1 apg 56 FG% center averaging a double-double and 2+ blocks per game on 64 FG% this year. Do you think Bynum would be where he is today if he hadn't been humiliated like that? Of course not.
Trashing your underachieving teammates IS inspiring them.
Also, Kobe Bryant was the reason they made that comeback, as he scored 21 2nd half points on the best defense in the league.
You do realize Kobe did not say that to motivate Bynum, right? He didn't know he was being taped and he certainly didn't know it would make it's way to the internet. That wasn't motivation.
It was because Mitch Kupchak decided not to trade a player putting up 8 ppg and 6 rpg for the greatest PG of this generation. At the time, many people, including myself, thought Kupchak was a fool because of it. Then came the Kobe Video (imo, one of the greatest videos of an NBA player ever), Kobe making a fool out of Bynum, and months later, a brand new, motivated 13/10/2/64 FG% center. Without being humiliated like that, Bynum would never have become the player he is today. Thatís called leadership.
No. That's the opposite of leadership. It just happened to have desirable results. Kobe got caught on tape being a backstabbing phony and you think that's leadership.
How can you be 100% certain that Kobe Bryant didnít know he was being taped? Has it ever occurred to you that Kobe Bryant and those two kids might have planned this whole thing from the start? Chances are, Kobe Bryant doesnít care what fans of players/teams who are worse than him and the Lakers think, so he knew heíd take the flack for it once Bynum developed into the player he wanted him to be.
Leadership is all about winning, doing whatever it takes to win. Great leaders find ways to make other players better. By trashing him in the off-season and saying his ass should have been shipped out for a washed up, 40-year-old has-been who wouldnít have even made the playoffs if he had stayed in the East, Kobe Bryant made Andrew Bynum a better basketball player. I donít care much for leadership (I prefer on-court impact, stats, awards, etc. instead), but you have to admit that it is the main reason Bynum has one of the brightest futures in the league.
Look at how Kobe plays defense at the 0:55 mark and then look again at the coast-to-coast dunk by Powe. Kobe was out there. Pause at 1:05 and take a good look at Kobe's back as Powe powers his way past him to the hoop.
Dude, watch it again. You really think it was Kobe's responsibility to stop the ball? Radmanovic should have stopped Powe at half court, and then Pau and Sasha were in CLEAR position to help and maybe even take the charge, but they stood and watched. Kobe was up on his man. Usually when you guard your guy, you assume the help defense and the player responsible for stopping the ball can stop a 6'10 power forward with no handles to run down the middle coast to coast for a dunk.