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08:14 AM ET 01.03 | Kobe Bryant may yet find ways to individually challenge or motivate his teammates, but Phil Jackson wasn't pleased with his approach in Sunday's loss to what should have been an exhausted Memphis team. Bryant became assertive in the third quarter, scoring 17 points, looking for a way to push his team. "I just felt like we had no energy," Bryant said. "So I tried to generate some of that and just get us started, but we weren't able to carry it through." The problem? Bryant took 12 of the team's 22 shots in the third. "Kobe had to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one," Jackson said. "That takes the rest of the guys out and as a consequence, that didn't bring us back in."

The Los Angeles Times

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January 3, 2011  08:32 AM ET

that was a tough thing to say.......


i can see Kobe not shooting at all the next game to prove a point

January 3, 2011  08:34 AM ET
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I think Kobe just became the excuse for the team to fail again. It was on freaking quarter that Kobe took to many shots. What about the rest of the time?

great point

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January 3, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Problems in LA? muhaha

January 3, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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that was a tough thing to say.......i can see Kobe not shooting at all the next game to prove a point

Yep, we've seen that act before. He'll show that there is no "I" in team but there is a "me".

January 3, 2011  09:16 AM ET

The reason the Lakers look like they don't have any energy is because they don't. They are a big slow team. That works fine if they are going to play teams like Boston 82 times a year, but teams that actually have athletes make them look like they don't have any energy.

I feel a trade coming on...

January 3, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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The reason the Lakers look like they don't have any energy is because they don't. They are a big slow team. That works fine if they are going to play teams like Boston 82 times a year, but teams that actually have athletes make them look like they don't have any energy. I feel a trade coming on...

and who do they have to part with for whom?

January 3, 2011  09:26 AM ET

Phil up to his mind tricks again.

January 3, 2011  09:30 AM ET

Seems to me like Kobe was just trying to make up for the fact that noone else bothered to show up. The Lakers scored 23 points in the 3rd quarter--Kobe had 17. He finished the game 10 of 22. Probably would have helped if his teammates had played a little defense.

January 3, 2011  09:34 AM ET

this is just Phil and his little tricks he pulls to motivate his players from time to time. There is a reason he has won more titles then any other coach... he's the best at mind games.

January 3, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Kobe didnt screw it up, it could be that the Lakers run is coming to an end??

January 3, 2011  09:50 AM ET
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this is just Phil and his little tricks he pulls to motivate his players from time to time. There is a reason he has won more titles then any other coach... he's the best at mind games.

Bingo. People who don't really know ball say "oh he had Jordan/shaq/Kobe he isn't a great coach" none of them minus shaq one year have won a ring without him. This is very much like the bulls struggling midway through their second threepeat and people writing Jordan and the bulls off as too old, until the two time defending champion is knocked out they have to be the favorite or at least in the discussion. The lakers have to step up and Kobe needs to get back to trusting his teammates, but it's not even all star weekend an we have people calling the lakers too old and done. They have played in three finals in a row, which equate to another entire season played (67 games extra) they do look tired but there is plenty of time to continue to play possum and turn it on for another shot at a ring, la just needs to get in the dance healthy and then they will be the toughest out in the postseason. Bos needs to be healthy, Mia needs a bench and a post presence that doesn't wear a skirt, while Dallas and SA need to get to the dance healthy as well. All Phil jacksons threepeats have had a worse regular season record then the previous year even his bulls threepeats. The same people calling out the lakers as too old and done remind me of people writing off the bulls prematurely, just like the bulls all they need is to get to the dance healthy and let their game do the talking.

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January 3, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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Says it all right there, imo.

I agree.

January 3, 2011  10:00 AM ET
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this is just Phil and his little tricks he pulls to motivate his players from time to time. There is a reason he has won more titles then any other coach... he's the best at mind games.

He certainly tries...

... and seems to know what to use on which players.

A key is being able to diversify the psychology to fit the situation and/or team.

Jackson has been successful at getting the most out of his players.

 
January 3, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Yep, we've seen that act before. He'll show that there is no "I" in team but there is a "me".

sometimes you got to do it........kobe is the reason the team lost......

btw memphis isnt as bad as their record shows

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