Kobe, unless players like Bynum, Kwame, and others step up.
I honestly don't see anyone beating Kobe scoring wise until he starts declining...I mean the guy averaged like 37 PPG after the All-Star break last season and the only reason his scoring wasn't as high prior to the break, was because of his knee.
I can easily see him rack up around 5-6 straight 30+ PPG seasons.
and the only reason his scoring wasn't as high prior to the break, was because of his knee.
The reason his scoring wasn't as high prior to the break was because the entire team was functioning as a unit before the slew of injuries. The knee might've played a role, but if it did, I'm half hoping it will do so again this year, because LA looked MUCH better before those injuries hit and Kobe was forced into playing 1v5.
The knee might've played a role, but if it did, I'm half hoping it will do so again this year,
where's tanya harding when you need her eh?
I think it will be up for melo or arenas this year... lakers won't need that big scoring impact this year, kobe probably won't play as many minutes as last year either...the injuries really put presure on kobe that unless they get the injury bug again he won't be as prolific as last season
That was part of it, they kind of had to pick up the slack because Kobe looked real slow out there. I remember them beating Phoenix without Kobe on opening night, then injuries happened.
That opening night was more of a fluke than anything. I still remember watching it online at 1:30 on my computer and just going absolutely ****ing crazy. Woke up the entire house.
The games against SA, Houston (twice IIRC), Dallas, and Denver weren't flukes though. They were the result of everyone having to chip in, and Kobe playing a nice balance between the distribution role and the scoring role.