Kobe Bryant Needs to Continue Facilitator Role for Lakers to Have Success

February 5th, 2013 by Justin Onslow Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers’ misfortunes this season have been well-documented. Dwight Howard has been banged up, Pau Gasol is playing off the bench and the Lakers are 22-26, which makes them 3.5 games out of the playoff race in the Western Conference.

None of that matters to the Black Mamba.

Through all the turmoil and distractions, Kobe Bryant has been playing some of the best basketball of his career—not the fantasy basketball, huge-point-totals kind of “best,” but the kind of basketball that ensures his team will keep winning games.

The Lakers have won five of their last six contests, and despite being four games under .500, Los Angeles is the only team not currently in the playoff race with a positive point differential (+1.5). During that span of wins, Bryant hasn’t scored more than 21 points, failing to top 17 points four times.

Bryant hasn’t needed to score a lot of points for the Lakers to win. In fact, he has taken on the role teammate Steve Nash has had locked down for his entire career. He’s been a facilitator.

This tweet from ESPN Stats and Info highlights the ex ...

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