Thus far, the 2012-13 NBA regular season has provided us with disturbingly weak team performances by the Los Angeles Lakers. This is quite the tragic truth considering Kobe Bryant is presently having one of the most efficient seasons of his 16-year career.
As the season progresses, look for Kobe to continue putting up MVP numbers while facilitating in a new role. That of a "striker."
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, Kobe has described his role by likening it to that of a soccer player. This comes by virtue of both Steve Nash and Pau Gasol missing playing time, thus creating the need for a player to take charge.
Something Bryant has no issue with doing.
"We have some key pieces that are out; when they come back, we'll get this thing locked and loaded," Kobe Bryant.
"[Until then]. I'll take control of the ball a little bit more. I'm going to play more of a striker position."
For those unfamiliar with the striker position in soccer, said player serves as the go-to scoring option. They're also looked to as a primary assist-man.
In other words, a striker is what Kobe has been and will cont ...
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Kobe Bryant Will Put Up MVP Numbers Facilitating in ‘Striker’ RoleDecember 15th, 2012 by Maxwell Ogden Leave a reply »