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Are The Lakers Better Without Kobe? Not Really

Isaac FerminContributor IApril 14, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 31:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench in the final minutes of the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Some people have been saying whether or not these Lakers are better without Kobe or not. Well I don't think so. The Lakers are actually worse. But why do they have a good record without him? Like I said before. The Lakers don't put much effort since they played Cleveland. Why Am i so hard on them? Because as a Laker fan, I have to be critical of them and I analyze their problems. Their problem is their effort. I even talked about this last year in the Playoffs. They think after getting back from a deficit like the Christmas game, that they can relax and then they start shooting 3's. Anyway I'm getting off topic. Are the Lakers better? No. Because they don't have a scorer in that team besides Kobe. Sorry Pau but you in your Laker career have never been a scorer. Also Kobe brings stability in the wing position at both ends of the floor. Whenever the Lakers need points, Kobe is great playing some point guard and making plays. Not to necessarily score for himself but to make plays. The biggest problem with Kobe is that the Lakers depend on him way too much to bail them out. This is where the lack of effort comes in. They think they can get away with it because Kobe can score them out of it. But he's only one player and the team needs to play for him not make him play for them. But why did they win those games? Because the Lakers got a wake up call. Kobe was not going to bail them out! They decided to put effort into those games. Even the ones they lost. But is that a bad thing that Kobe makes them worse? No. Because I think they'll realize that the Playoffs give no second chances. And if you lose, you're out. It's not the talent that's lacking, but the effort. Can the Lakers wake up? They better.