Nathan: Kobe has had another great year, especially on offense. But with Nash coming back from injury, Kobe should spend less time handling the ball. There are some games where his shot selection has been awful, and times when he forces things. At this point of his career he should pick and choose his moments to go one-on-one and let Nash handle the ball.
Brandon: The success of the Lakers will depend upon Kobe Bryant and his ability to understand and accept his new role. Kobe is no longer the sole source of offense nor the Michael Jordan-like assassin that earned him the nickname Black Mamba. His skill set will be stretched this season to include the new roles of player-coach and second option. Coming off the extreme defensive stratagem that failed the Lakers under Mike Brown, he is asked now to embrace the opposite extreme offensive stratagem under Mike D’Antoni. These extremes leave Kobe with one option – to manage the game on the court as player-coach and accept his role as the second option, with his newly All-Star assembled team as the first option.