2010 NBA Finals: Kobe Bryant Needs to Lead, Not Score

June 15th, 2010 by Joseph Deutschmann Leave a reply »
After his impressive performance in a Game Five loss to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant needs to get his team to play aggressively if he wants another chance at the title.  Last year's Finals MVP, Bryant put up a staggering 38 points in Game Five, but his efforts could not keep the Celtics at bay.

Now, Bryant needs to focus on his teammates, not his numbers.  After all, he plays for the L.A. Lakers, not the L.A. Kobes. 

Citing his laundry list of accolades, analysts often compare Bryant's career to Michael Jordan's.  However, the comparisons are usually qualified by a statement like, "He's one of the greatest to every play, sure, but he will never catch Jordan."

It doesn't matter. 

The Lakers will be in great shape if Kobe scores even half of what he scored in Game Five, provided his teammates do the same. That's what the Celtics have mastered: a team effort.  Four of Boston's starters put up double-digit numbers in Game Five, and a defensive strategy that's not any more elaborate than "stay on Kobe" is not exactly hard to maintain. 

If Kobe really wants to be compared t ...

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