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Los Angeles Lakers: Is Kobe Bryant Trying To Do Too Much?

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIDecember 26, 2011


That's the glaring stat of the night.

That's how many turnovers Kobe Bryant had with his injured wrist on Christmas Day. Was Kobe the reason why the Lakers were in the game? 


Can we also say that he was the reason why they lost? 


His eight turnovers may be a result of him trying to do too much throughout the whole game with a bad wrist. His game-winning shot attempt which was easily blocked may have to do with his ego and lack of trust in his teammates.

He didn't take an outrageous amount of shots and he did have six assists, so this isn't to say that Kobe is being a selfish teammate. That being said, it won't be a big surprise if one day Kobe does take too many shots and costs his team a game. 

In fact, we saw it today on the last shot of the game. Rather than passing the ball, Kobe held the ball for too long and then took an impossible shot with three defenders in his face. 

Even if the Los Angeles held on to win today, there is no doubt that Mike Brown and the Lakers knew that they had a lot to work on. One of those things was developing team chemistry between the players from last season, the newly-acquired guys and the young bench.

Kobe, when healthy, was supposed to be a certainty.

But what this Lakers' loss taught and confirmed to everyone was that Kobe is just trying to do too much as evidenced by his eight turnovers and terrible last-second shot.

This isn't the 2010 season. He's not going to make six game winning shots anymore. He can't. He gets triple-teamed, he's physically hurt and quite frankly, he's not 27 anymore. 

More and more we are starting to see the Kobe from the 1997 playoffs against Utah. A lot of ego, a lot of skill, but too young and inexperienced to get the job done in crucial moments. 

In this case, he's too bruised and battered.

When Kobe was in his prime, that ego and skill combined made him into the Black Mamba. Everyone knew he was going to take the last shot because of his ego. Everyone knew that he could drain it because of his skill. And because he was healthy and confident in his abilities, he would get the job done when it mattered.

It didn't matter how many guys had their hands in his face or if it was in the playoffs.

Now it does, and for whatever reason he doesn't have the same faith in his teammates anymore. 

His eight turnovers may be a result of him trying to do too much throughout the whole game with a bad wrist. His game-winning shot attempt which was easily blocked may have to do with his ego and lack of trust in his teammates. 

Kobe was also a minus-seven today. That's not the type of example the team star is supposed to set. He needs to realize that his team isn't all that bad and he should trust them. He shouldn't hold onto the ball too long, especially with that wrist because it'll result into turnovers.

The Lakers had several bright spots today. The biggest one was their defense. The Mike Brown-coached defense held Chicago under 90 points and kept them to just 40.4 percent shooting. In fact, the Bulls just scored 32 points in the second half. This total was less than their output in the second quarter.

This Lakers bunch is a hardworking team. Josh McRoberts comes from Coach K's school of work ethic. Troy Murphy is a seasoned veteran. Pau Gasol is trying to prove the team and his critics wrong.

Kobe needs to realize this and perhaps utilize his teammates more efficiently, especially if his injury is going to result into turnovers.

Would this article have been written if Kobe made that last shot?

Probably not. 

However, losses are important in sports because at times teams can be blinded by wins. They can gain false hope and a delusional sense of what they really are. Wins are great, but they can mask a team's flaws.

Right now the flaw is Kobe's ego. Kobe's a fantastic basketball player, but he is human. If the Lakers want to win this year, it needs to be a collective effort and the only way that can happen is if Kobe realizes this and stop trying to do too much. 

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