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10:33 AM ET 06.02 | Simply put, Kobe Bryant's on-court brilliance and off-court leadership helped the Lakers appear to be championship contenders even when the rest of the team's makeup suggested the Lakers had no shot. The bad: For all the good qualities Bryant showed both in his play and leadership, the Lakers' start offered a few bad examples that proved too destructible. First, involves how he carried the Lakers. Brown took a shortcut by leaning too heavily on Bryant's services. That resulted in Bryant averaging 38.5 minutes per game despite Mike Brown's numerous proclamations he's play him between 33-35 minutes a night. It also contributed to Bryant shooting at a 43% clip, his lowest mark since his second year in the NBA. There were also instances where his high volume shooting hurt the team.

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June 2, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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Brown took a shortcut by leaning too heavily on Bryant's services.and how is that kobe's fault ?its the coaches fault

Kobe shoots 43%; how is that the coach's fault?

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June 2, 2012  10:57 AM ET

One On Five Doesn't Work, Bros.

June 2, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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smh-when OLD guys are forced to log heavy minutes- their shot % goes downits also the coaches job to play to the teams strengthsLA's strength was their inside guys.....

An old guy who's been around should realize this then and not average 19 shots a game (when he's making only 8 of them)!

June 2, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Is this one of the worst written paragraphs ever?

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June 2, 2012  11:15 AM ET

I'm by no means a Mike Brown fan, but given the rest of the team's makeup, he had no choice but to play Kobe. This team was only going to go as far as Bryant took them.

June 2, 2012  11:16 AM ET

This story would really be interesting if the Lakers weren't done.

How ironic the most important player on the team hurts them on the court (Ball Hogging), hurts their recruiting efforts, and he is killing them at the bank too.

I wonder have the Lakers even considered, maybe Kobe's heroics wouldn't be needed at the end of the game if he didn't shoot them out of the game in the first place.

June 2, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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Hmmmmmmm.......Let me talk slower.The coach calls out the plays.The coach overplays players cause he isnt thinking long termWhen you overplay old guys, they get tired......when they get tired they dont have their legs.....when they dont have their legs, they dont shoot as well.Do you understand?The coach allowed and encouraged kobe to shootYes the player missed the shots, but if brown installed a proper system, and let kobe rest, it would've been a different story

Does it have to be older players only?

Is this possible with younger players too? <Rhetorical>

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June 2, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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Look at how doc managed kg's minutes this year........and look at how well he has played in the playoffsI think older guys must be managed differently for their own sake

Damn good point. For an example, look at the Spurs and how Pop rested his key players during the season.

June 2, 2012  11:28 AM ET

Lets see: The Lakers are not a young team and the one young player (Bynum) is a pitiful somewhat talented egomanical child who takes everything zero percent serious. Unless moved, Kobe will never see another ring as a player. Look he's already being spoken as a guy who led his team to five rings. This is a supposed fact that I for one seriously dispute. How can you lead a team to a ring(s) and on three separate occasions a teammate is award the Finals MVP? This particular happenstance happen in succession three straight years. Ah but thats another story. Face it Lakers........you're not championship material!

June 2, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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I wonder have the Lakers even considered, maybe Kobe's heroics wouldn't be needed at the end of the game if he didn't shoot them out of the game in the first place.

Kobe is shooting something like 27% on game winning or game tying shots in the last minute of the game over the last 5 years...I wish I could remember where I read that because now the Laker/Kobe homers are freaking out trying to find a stat that counters that. Kobe is not the "clutch" player recently that he is made out to be

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June 2, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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Look at how doc managed kg's minutes this year........and look at how well he has played in the playoffsI think older guys must be managed differently for their own sake

Have to agree with that....I don't understand at all why you don't use your strengths (Bynum/Gasol) more in the playoffs. That is poor coaching and game-planning

 
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