Kobe Bryant Needs Help

Randy WoodallCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2007

IconIn the past three years, the Los Angeles Lakers haven't made any kind of progress.

Last season, the Lakers blew a possible championship by nixing a deal that would have landed them Jason Kidd in exchange for Andrew Bynum.

You have to wonder how much longer Kobe Bryant is going to put up with that kind of mismanagement.

Bynum isn't guaranteed to develop into anything special—just look at Kwame Brown after five years in the league. The broader point is that Kobe can't win games by himself. He needs help. By failing to acquire players like Kidd and Kevin Garnett, the Lakers are setting themselves up for failure.

Kobe is bound to flameout if he has to score 30, 40, 50, or 81 points every night to keep his team in contention. It's not good for a team to have a single player bear such a heavy offensive load—but if you were Kobe, would you trust Jordan Farmar to hit that clutch shot?

Kobe's problem—and therefore the Lakers' problem—is that he has to play with teammates who don't know how to win. And with Garnett gone to the Celtics and no other deals on the horizon, things don't look promising in Los Angeles.

Oh well—at least we'll see more scoring exploits from the Black Mamba in '07-'08.