I sort of understand when Kobe says he doesn’t care about all the criticism about the Lakers poor play, he thinks it’s an internal team matter. He also thinks the playoffs matter more than the regular season. But Kobe should care a lot more about what fans think…. here’s why:
Confidence for players is important. If a team is playing well, things flow better and wins are easier. Play poorly and every opponent thinks they can beat you and they play harder.
If you are blowing teams out, starters get to sit the 4th quarter more often. This will pay off at playoff time. If games are close, starters play more minutes and will have less energy come playoff time. Add to this that when you play tired, you get more injuries and we all know health is usually one requirement for championship runs.
Fans get more excited when a team is doing well and it looks like they are on a championship run….. Doesn’t he want the crowd behind him at home games? If the fans are excited, it can create a lot of energy for the players during the game, again making things easier.
When a team plays like crap, who want to watch them on TV? If TV ratings drop, so will the money from the TV contracts. This affects the league’s revenues and the salary cap (more on this below).
Fans buy more Lakers stuff when they are proud of their team (I have not bought anything this year for this exact reason). I am embarrassed to talk Lakers with my friends or wear Laker’s gear after bad losses to crappy teams or when good teams kick the Laker’s a$$es. This create poorer league revenues which directly affects the salary cap that affects many players. Kobe is being selfish if he has no concern about his teammate’s income. I know HE has a fat contract locked in, but he should consider his teammates.
Kobe sells fewer shoes when the team isn’t doing well, his Nike contract will also shrink.
I know there are more reasons, please help me create a list. It may help inspire the team to put out more effort.