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Old 01-25-2013, 01:59 PM   #31
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Default Re: Design the optimum team around Kobe Bryant

PG - Derek Fisher (2007-08, never made an All-NBA team)
SG - Kobe Bryant (2007-08 MVP, 1st Team All-NBA)
SF - Scottie Pippen (1993-94, 1st Team All-NBA)
PF - Rasheed Wallace (2003-04, never made an All-NBA team)
C - Pau Gasol (2009-10, 3rd Team All-NBA)

Bench - Lamar Odom (2010-11 6th Man of the Year), Trevor Ariza (2008-09), Jordan Farmar (2009-10), Robert Horry (2001-02), Rick Fox (2000-01), Devean George (2001-02), Shannon Brown (2010-11)

Reasoning:

All of the players above apart from Pippen and Sheed have played with and won a championship with Kobe, so they know his play style and tendencies and what it takes to win with him. I put Pippen in because I wanted another great defender, and Sheed to give Pau a little bit of space and also to toughen him (and the team) up. I went with Derek Fisher because on a team with Kobe and Pippen, you don't need a ball dominant PG.

Fish has played with Kobe for a total of about 13 years, and they got drafted together. When Shaq left (and Fish returned), they were co-leaders. Then Pau came, earned Kobe's trust and became another team leader. Scottie Pippen was a team leader on the Bulls both with and without Jordan. Some say Sheed put the 04 Pistons over the top. Lamar Odom was amazing of the bench that year, and all of those bench players play with energy.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:47 PM   #32
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PG - Jason Kidd
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Gerald Wallace
PF - Dennis Rodman
C - Bill Russell

Top rebounding and unselfish team. Kobe can shoot all day and get multiple second looks off offensive rebounds. Probably average 50 attempts per game. Predict his scoring average...Kidd can guard the 1 or 2 and Wallace can guard the 2 or 3 pretty easily so Kobe would only need to play defense on the worst player.

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #33
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Shaq
Phil
Kobe
Robery Horry
Rick Fox

rest don't matter
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:25 PM   #34
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PG Daniel Gibson
SG Kobe
SF Donyell Marshall
PF Drew Gooden
C Big Z

that's a trip to the Finals right there.

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Old 01-25-2013, 03:26 PM   #35
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Guys who dominate the ball. He needs Lebron next to him so he has no chance to ballhog.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:01 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by kshutts1
I took that as all-time, but you're right. I suppose it is not "clear cut" though I can't think of a single year, ever, when KG was considered better than Kobe.

Impact of 04 KG > Kobe - especially DEFENSIVELY (you know, 1/2 of the game).
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #37
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bump cuz I thought this was a pretty unique thread idea
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #38
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Steph Curry
Kobe Bryant
Klay Thompson
David Lee
Andrew Bogut
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #39
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PG - Ref 1
SG - Kobe
C - David Stern
PF - Ref 2
SF - Ref 3
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #40
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From watching the NBA since 2000, here's my pick:

PG: Derek Fisher | Kirk Hinrich
SG: Kobe Bryant | Ray Allen | Trevor Ariza
SF: Ron Artest | Shawn Marion | Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett | Lamar Odom | Jordan Hill
C: Pau Gasol | Alonzo Mourning

Coach: Phil Jackson

Fisher provides ball handling, clutch shooting ability and leadership. Artest and KG lock down the front and back court. Gasol's low to mid post game compliments KG's mid to high post game. A half court grind it team in the first unit and more of a run and gun second unit.

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