Kobe Bryant Can’t Afford to Just Lead Lakers by Example

December 1st, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
Few players have a voice worth being heard.

Kobe Bryant's should be amplified.

The high-profile Lakers have underperformed early in the season, and it's not sitting well with the face of the franchise.

After getting beaten by the second unit in Thursday's practice, Kobe Bryant reportedly went on a short tirade ripping into the team. It was a message intended to let his teammates know that this level of play was unacceptable.

Not everyone can pull off a tirade, or at least one meant with purpose. If Jordan Hill threw a chair and demanded the team play harder, he'd probably be told to quit farting around and to go get Dwight Howard some water.

But Kobe's different. He's one of those CEO-players. When he speaks, you listen. When he's unhappy, you want to be at your best. Darius Morris doesn't want to get beat back door in front of Kobe, just like you don't want to be caught checking your fantasy team when the CEO is lurking around the cubicles.

Maybe the Lakers are better off with Kobe as the team's secondary coach—someone who can light that fire and keep it lit. Mike D'Antoni isn't exactly known for raising the h ...

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