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Some fans might need a quick double take at the title of this slide, and I understand the concern.
I don't have a problem with Kobe Bryant having the ball in his hands. I have a problem when he starts forcing terrible shots over multiple defenders and becomes a problem for the Lakers.
Unfortunately, Kobe is still not a willing passer, which leads my point, Kobe should not have the ball in his hands as often as he does.
With the Lakers struggling, Kobe has taken it upon himself to bring them back to the playoffs. While it may be hard to admit, Kobe has gotten older, and his stellar start to the year is a distant memory.
Here is a cool stat: In January, the Lakers are 0-10 when Kobe attempts more than 20 FGs a game. The two games he didn't were also the only two victories for Los Angeles in the month.
If this team is going to have any type of success going forward, it will have to be by relying on the other All-Stars on the roster.
Kobe needs to put the needs of the team ahead of his own. He will not lead this team anywhere but the lottery if he continues jacking up shots.
Well then, what's the alternative?