The NBA Dribbled Out

People you should follow during the 2012 NBA playoffs:
Steven LeBron

In Isolation
From the start of his career, Kobe has always done things a little differently. The high schooler who orchestrated his way onto the Lakers who somehow by his sheer talent involved himself in a feud for alpha dog status with the most dominating big man in the game.
So while we criticize how his game is dominated by moments of individualism that somehow lessen the overall good of his team, the five rings and his dedication to the game stand as the perfect argument against all that he’s not.
And as these playoffs start, we’re about to find out just what the last stretch of Kobe’s career will really be about.
His performance this season has been a surprise, if only because by all accounts, a player of his mileage was projected to show a steeper decline than he’s demonstrated.
But on a team with lesser talent than years past, in a conference filled with teams that have seemingly surpassed his, it’s a testament to his reputation that this version of the Lakers is still in the championship discussion.
Which is what makes it all the more interesting to contrast how his team performed while he was out several weeks this month. They seemed more in sync, more understanding of what makes the team successful. The team was able to more freely exploit their strength in the front court, and played with more cohesion.
Which is not really a relevation when you consider that Kobe has never really seemed to fit with his teammates on the court. It always seems as though his performances are viewed in isolation, away from what the possible better alternative should’ve been.
But somehow we’ve reconstructed Kobe’s persona as the veteran with less of the primadonna qualities that the next group of younger superstars carry.
And in that context, it makes him easier to root for, and easier to relate to.
It’s incredible that someone of his talent and accomplishments is still viewed in such a way that his flaws welcomes more discussion than all that makes him great.
The superstar in isolation starts another run at the title. Not favorites or even a logical choice for most.
But just remember: Kobe’s always done things a little bit differently. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s surprised us with a different ending.
Footnotes:
You can read all my 2012 NBA Playoff related posts by clicking here, and by following me on Twitter for in game musings and on Facebook for other great reads, videos and links throughout the post-season.

People you should follow during the 2012 NBA playoffs:

Steven LeBron

In Isolation

From the start of his career, Kobe has always done things a little differently. The high schooler who orchestrated his way onto the Lakers who somehow by his sheer talent involved himself in a feud for alpha dog status with the most dominating big man in the game.

So while we criticize how his game is dominated by moments of individualism that somehow lessen the overall good of his team, the five rings and his dedication to the game stand as the perfect argument against all that he’s not.

And as these playoffs start, we’re about to find out just what the last stretch of Kobe’s career will really be about.

His performance this season has been a surprise, if only because by all accounts, a player of his mileage was projected to show a steeper decline than he’s demonstrated.

But on a team with lesser talent than years past, in a conference filled with teams that have seemingly surpassed his, it’s a testament to his reputation that this version of the Lakers is still in the championship discussion.

Which is what makes it all the more interesting to contrast how his team performed while he was out several weeks this month. They seemed more in sync, more understanding of what makes the team successful. The team was able to more freely exploit their strength in the front court, and played with more cohesion.

Which is not really a relevation when you consider that Kobe has never really seemed to fit with his teammates on the court. It always seems as though his performances are viewed in isolation, away from what the possible better alternative should’ve been.

But somehow we’ve reconstructed Kobe’s persona as the veteran with less of the primadonna qualities that the next group of younger superstars carry.

And in that context, it makes him easier to root for, and easier to relate to.

It’s incredible that someone of his talent and accomplishments is still viewed in such a way that his flaws welcomes more discussion than all that makes him great.

The superstar in isolation starts another run at the title. Not favorites or even a logical choice for most.

But just remember: Kobe’s always done things a little bit differently. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s surprised us with a different ending.

Footnotes:

You can read all my 2012 NBA Playoff related posts by clicking here, and by following me on Twitter for in game musings and on Facebook for other great reads, videos and links throughout the post-season.

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