Pivot Points: Kobe Must Trust His Teammates When He Can’t Trust Himself

December 14th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Just when I felt it was safe to assume that Kobe Bryant had matured into the role of a facilitator, and a player comfortable playing within the confines of the game, he goes out and has a game like this.

His 7-of-24 field-goal shooting, a circus of disarray, proved that although Kobe has seen incredible growth and maturity in his game, he is still capable of taking shots that leave viewers shaking their heads in disbelief.

And not in a good way.

Kobe's untimely burst of inaccuracy effectively took the Los Angeles Lakers out of their game with the Utah Jazz and was a major component of their loss.

I understand that Kobe was suffering from a stomach ailment, and of course he recently fractured the index finger on his shooting hand, but that's all the more reason to measure your approach and let the game come to you.

That brings me to another point. Why not just trust in the abilities of all the talented players around you? After all, they are more than up to the task. They proved that on Saturday night.

Kobe shot the ball 24 times and missed 17 of those shots. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest took ...

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