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Kobe Bryant credits 'psychopath' Pat Riley for Heat defense

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11:03 AM ET 01.19 | In the wake of the Heat's win against the Lakers on Thursday, Kobe Bryant credited someone who wasn't even on the floor or the sideline -- team president Pat Riley. Asked about the Heat's defense, Bryant said: "They're very smart. You guys know Riley. You know what a psychopath he is with numbers and statistics. He plays percentages really well. "He knows the high percentage of Steve (Nash) coming off of pick-and-roll and picking teams apart. He knows the high percentage of leaving me on the backside. So, he says, 'We're going to stay home and take our chances with everybody else.'" Actually, Erik Spoelstra very likely determined that.

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January 19, 2013  11:11 AM ET

The Heat exploited Nash on D by playing Ray Ray and having him work closer to the basket -- not just hanging around the 3 point line.

Kobe's done well guarding the top guard on other team (Wade for the Heat) -- it will be interesting to keep watching who Nash guards against teams like Spurs, Warriors, Clips, ...

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January 19, 2013  11:34 AM ET

If Kobe said it, it's true...


Or not. This one really doesn't interest me.

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January 19, 2013  01:14 PM ET
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I thought you asked if I was taking a dig at Spo. I see what you are asking now. I don't think Kobe has a reason to jab at Spo. I think maybe he just respects Riley.I read the article and found this interesting.### This can???t continue: Chris Bosh averaged just 4.6 rebounds on the six-game road trip.### Nor can this: Shane Battier shot 0 for 10 on the road trip (he played in only three games due to an earlier injury) and is now 0 for his last 15, 1 for his last 21 and 4 for his last 33

guys like Battier, Haslem, Miller are not what they used to be.....

its a good thing they added Ray Allen and Rashard lewis- they will need those guys before all is said and done because the rest of the supporting cast is not getting any younger.

Mario Chalmers has proven to be clutch though

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January 19, 2013  01:22 PM ET

Nash was (still is) a great PG but the defense is killing the Lakers. He can't keep up, too old.


All the Lakers needed is:

PG: CP3
SG: Kobe
SF: xxx
PF: Clark/Jamison
C: Howard


I know this isn't the case or possible because it was on or another. But the Lakers need a PG like CP3 who can score at will, play defense, is a threat and can feed Howard and Kobe.

Feed the ball to Kobe and Howard all day, take your own shot. You don't need a high paid player at the 3 and 4.


CP3-Kobe-Howard would have been a great team. Nash doesn't cut it.


I hope Gasol stays but if they can get anything proper in return I would do it in a heartbeat. They just don't need Gasol and Metta or Nash.


It looks great on paper and they play great on NBA 2K13 but that's a game and this is for real.

January 19, 2013  02:50 PM ET
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The Heat exploited Nash on D by playing Ray Ray and having him work closer to the basket -- not just hanging around the 3 point line. Kobe's done well guarding the top guard on other team (Wade for the Heat) -- it will be interesting to keep watching who Nash guards against teams like Spurs, Warriors, Clips, ...

How did Kobe do well guarding Dwade, yet Dwade still had 27pts?

Kobe can't slow down Dwade, especially on the perimeter. And neither can Nash.

The Lakers out shot the Heat from behind the 3pt line 3:1 and still lost because the Heat used dribble penetration to score in the lane all night long. If the Heat were not cold as ice from the 3pt arc the game would have been a blowout.

January 19, 2013  04:03 PM ET

I think Kobe was simply complimenting Riley.

January 19, 2013  04:31 PM ET
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Ray though is older than all of themThing with Miami is that everyone can't play n the clutch, which is why having all those similar veteran wings was (IMO) a redundant and bad move by riles.If the big 3 are playing at the end..there are only 2 spots open on the floorIf its Mario and ray, then shard is out, millers out, Shane is out

Ray is actually in shape though- and what he does do- he still does well- shoot the ball...

battier and haslem just dont give that much to the team anymore

January 19, 2013  05:35 PM ET

Riley (as does anyone with eyes, save for the Kobeites) also knows that you will shoot the ball no matter how many people are guarding you, then blame your teammates for not helping with YOUR offense.

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January 19, 2013  08:19 PM ET
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I'm sure there is a point there somewhere?

Pat Riley knows basketball.

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