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Bryant adds 'devastating' twist for Lakers

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08:08 AM ET 01.30 | Barely beyond its halfway point, the NBA season has yet another incarnation of the Lakers. Kobe Bryant said before this much-hyped season that the retooled Lakers remain "my team." So it wasn't Steve Nash, one of the best passers in NBA history, or Pau Gasol, one of the best passing big men in the game today, who changed the Lakers' entire approach with his passing. It was Bryant, who had 11 assists Tuesday night to cap the highest three-game assist output of his career (39 total). ... Bryant has altered his method of attack after the initial plan for Nash to be the one carving up defenses and setting up teammates fizzled -- and Bryant's teammates are responding. "I didn't know Kobe could be so devastating that way," D'Antoni said.

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January 30, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Keep Sharing The 'Rock', Bro.

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January 30, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Once again, Kobe Bryant is taking all the credit for something... yet when is the last time he was willing to accept all the blame for "HIS" team?

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January 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Kobe has finally found out that with the changes made to the roster during this off-season he also had to make changes to his game and the approach to the game. He could no longer hoist up jump shot after jump shot and his shot selection had to change also. Gone are the guys that allowed him to shoot whenever and however as they watched; now you have guys that don't understand the gunner mentality approach of the past. So now Kobe found out that he had to become more of a facilitator because distribution is what causes this group of guys to play with passion. The Lakers do look different and this is the diagram/blue print the Lakers should employ.

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January 30, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Do what must be done Lord Kobe!

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