Kobe Bryant: A Great Facilitator

May 5th, 2010 by Bill Hare Leave a reply »
When you have won more NBA playoff games than any coach in history and have secured dynasties in Chicago and Los Angeles, you have every reason to be coy.

When Phil Jackson was asked between the first and second quarters at a time when his Lakers team looked to be in big trouble in Game Four at Oklahoma City against the run and shoot youth team led by 21-year-old legend Kevin Durant, the future Hall of Fame coach had a coy smile on his face.

The question asked with concern was about the status of superstar Kobe Bryant, one half of the dynastic link of superstars behind Jackson’s amazing success, the other being Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. 

Bryant was not shooting in the manner expected and the concern was whether something was wrong.

The coy smile gave away Jackson’s inner feelings before he spoke.  No, Jackson responded, there was nothing wrong with Kobe Bryant.  He was expected to feed off, to do some facilitating, to deliver the ball to his teammates rather than create offensive momentum largely on his own.

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