Los Angeles Lakers: Why Kobe Bryant Might Ruin Their Title Chances

March 31st, 2012 by Tim Doherty Leave a reply »
The title of this article will infuriate die-hard Lakers fans. What will anger them even more is when they find out that I live and breathe Celtics basketball. Probably shouldn’t have said that, but let’s move on.

Most NBA fans will look at Kobe Bryant this season and see that he’s leading the league in scoring at the age of 33 in his 16th NBA season and say to themselves, “That experimental knee surgery must have turned 2012 Kobe into 2000 Kobe.”

Even more impressive, Kobe’s carried a Lakers team that seemed to be on its last leg after their embarrassing loss to the Mavericks in last year’s playoffs to the third best record in the Western Conference.

There is no doubt that the Lakers have already exceeded expectations this season. They went from being picked by many to not even be the best team in their own city, to being a serious contender in the West.

However, if the Lakers are going to make it to the NBA Finals for the fourth time in five years, then things need to change.

Don’t be blinded by Bryant’s impressive 28.2 points-per-game average this season. He has been ...

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