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Is this a new Kobe Bryant?

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04:24 PM ET 01.28 | Kobe Bryant is playing very, well, un-Kobe-like. In two games since the Los Angeles Lakers held a team meeting to discuss all of their issues, their leader has had a change of face. As usual, he's the main ballhandler for the Lakers, but Bryant has recorded 14 assists in the two wins against the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's done that while shooting a combined 15-of-22, which means his shot totals have been cut in half. The change in mindset appears to have Mike D'Antoni's offense in high gear, but it also led to the Lakers playing energetic, if not solid, defense. "It's trying to evolve and figured out what we need as a ballclub," Bryant told USA Today of his new style. "Instead of me being a finisher, I'm just really facilitating and drawing the defense in and making plays. I game-planned for it, and it seems to be working."

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January 28, 2013  05:11 PM ET

wont last..

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January 28, 2013  05:50 PM ET
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It will last as long as they keep winning.

Let's bookmark this post and revisit in about a week..his shots will be back to 25+ per night

January 28, 2013  05:59 PM ET
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Let's bookmark this post and revisit in about a week..his shots will be back to 25+ per night

Exactly...

I tend to agree with you. This mamba ain't changing his scales for long.

January 28, 2013  06:02 PM ET
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Exactly... I tend to agree with you. This mamba ain't changing his scales for long.

Sneaky snake ????

January 28, 2013  06:06 PM ET
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Sneaky snake ????







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January 28, 2013  06:20 PM ET

If only he would have done this a decade earlier, things would have been so much better for him.


He can score 2K points a season and total a lot of assists and obviously wins. It took him 17 years to realize that he draws so much attention that someone else is wide open under the basket.

January 28, 2013  07:45 PM ET
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If only he would have done this a decade earlier, things would have been so much better for him.He can score 2K points a season and total a lot of assists and obviously wins. It took him 17 years to realize that he draws so much attention that someone else is wide open under the basket.

You got a point. Kobe is stubborn. He must be very hard to live with. No wonder his wife left him, took half and now she's back to take the other half of the half she left him...

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January 28, 2013  11:07 PM ET

Even if he goes back to hogging as usual, this stint proves what many of us have been saying throughout this season if not before--Kobe hurts his team because he shoots too much. Amazing how much more energetic everyone becomes on the defensive end when their energy on the offensive end is maintained by touching the ball.

So, all those who called us haters -- looks like our critique of KoME was right all along.

January 28, 2013  11:51 PM ET

I remember during the Shaq year when a young Kobe had 3 triple-D's in a row. Magic was his fav player but he has not tried to emulate him...

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January 29, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Sneaky snake ????

Tom T Hall? Is that you?

January 29, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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Isn't it funny how the black garter snake was pointing the finger at everyone and when they finally figured it out, it was HE who was the problem.

Remember...when you point the finger at someone, there are 3 other ones pointing back at you. I hope he has learned, after all these years, to be a team player, but I have my doubts...a tiger doesn't change it's stripes overnight.

January 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Isn't it funny how the black garter snake was pointing the finger at everyone and when they finally figured it out, it was HE who was the problem.

I hope he realizes he's been wrong like an inverted question mark his whole career. Imagine if he played facilitator for Shaq...

 
January 29, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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After she does that, will she return to take half of the half of the half that is left ?In the end, she will never be able to take everything. Kobe will always have half of something, however small that may be.

When he gets down to half a **** she aint coming back... like Kim did to that guy on Nets without saying names...

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