Kobe Bryant: Have We Seen the Best Days of the LA Lakers Star?
Kobe Bryant Has Logged A Lot of Miles, But Have We Seen the Best of the Lakers Star?
Eventually, even the best athletes lose a step or two.
In fact, we've already seen it with Kobe Bryant.
Remember when Bryant used to be a high-flier who could throw it down with the best of them? Those days are long gone and now, we need to be prepared to continue to watch Bryant's game slip after all of the basketball he's been playing over the past couple of years.
We're talking about five championship runs and two more Finals' appearances. There were other playoff runs and even an Olympics stint thrown in. That is a lot of basketball for one man to be playing.
While Bryant isn't old in terms of his age, in basketball years, it's time for Kobe to start winding down in terms of his production.
This isn't a player who can put a team on his back and will the Lakers to a victory. He's going to need more and more help as time will go on. This year was indicative of that. Bryant had some amazing games in this postseason, yet the failings of his supporting cast was never more relevant than they were in the Mavericks' series.
Los Angeles has a good group around its star, but it doesn't have a good bench and that's something that has to change if the Lakers want to get the most out of one of the greatest players of all time.
That bench, powered by Steve Blake and Matt Barnes, is not a unit that's acceptable for a championship-caliber team. In the playoffs, you need consistent production throughout the rotation, and the Lakers never got that.
Solving the bench is the key to keeping the Lakers in the title hunt as Kobe's skills start to slowly slip away.
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