Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
The recipe to KFC chicken might be easier to obtain than the one to shut down Kobe Bryant. Slowing him down, however, is possible.
Easily one of the best NBA players of all time, Bryant is set up to have a very nice year. With Dwight Howard in town, he can take it easier on defense. With Steve Nash running the point, he also won't have to work as hard to get open looks.
Looking at his stat line, there is really only one thing defenders can force Bryant to do:
Shoot more three-pointers.
Bryant shot nearly five threes a game last season, making them at just a 30-percent clip. He is only a 33-percent shooter from downtown for his career, but still attempts close to four three-pointers per game.
It is not exactly a glaring weakness, but allowing Bryant to jack up threes is the one small flaw that opponents can attack.