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Kobe Bryant has done everything he can, but it hasn't been enough.
Is Kobe Bryant a more valuable player when his numbers indicate that he is less valuable?
Teacher, please define paradox again.
Bryant is having a great statistical year, laying out 29.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He is also shooting an efficient 47 percent from the floor, and is even taking on new, uncomfortable roles in a changing offensive system.
But how valuable can one of the game's all-time greats be when he can't figure out how to win, even when surrounded by more talent than ever?
Bryant calls a lot of the shots, directs traffic and leads the league in passive-aggressive media assaults against teammates.
So why is it that Bryant can't seem to lead this super-team to wins?
Well, because he doesn't know how to take a step back.
This Los Angeles team doesn't need Bryant to score nearly 30 points a game. They don't need the offense to run through his hands and his eyes. The 34-year-old needs to become a part of the system—not the entire system.
This means using more energy on the defensive end and becoming part of an offensive scheme that doesn't glorify his point total.
Stat lines don't make Bryant an MVP candidate. Being the guy who can place his team in a winning position does.
Right now, the Lakers aren't even a playoff team.