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Kobe may not be ready for season opener

Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 4:22 pm
Phil Jackson says Lakers star may not be ready for season opener.
Posted by Matt Moore

So far, the talk about Kobe Bryant's knee, still recovering from knee surgery, has been very academic. Sure, he has surgery on it. Yeah, he's only about 60% on it right now. But the discussions haven't actually involved games that count, games that matter. But Phil Jackson is aware that the regular season is only two weeks away. And in dealing with that information has lead him to start wondering if the Finals MVP is going to be ready to go. The LA Times reports that Jackson is "unsure" of how ready Bryant will be when the season starts. This is in addition to the fact that there's no way Andrew  Bynum will be good to go. Bynum has said it may be December before he's back.

Bryant is the obvious more crucial component in all this. The Lakers are a stunningly talented team (which makes you wonder why everyone's so upset with all the talent on the Heat considering Lamar Odom is the Lakers' freaking sixth man), but they're also driven by a very hard iron glove from Bryant offensively. He is the start and end of most Lakers possessions. Without him, the triangle has to evolve into something different, even with Pau Gasol as the low corner and a multitude of wings available to take the third wing's spot. This team should be good enough to roll teams without Bryant, and did so last year. But there's still a level of adjustment, and an even greater one when Bryant returns.

All of this is moot because it's October. Bryant can miss the entire first month of the season, or more, and still have time for the Lakers to get back and claim the top spot in the West. It's really just a matter of how much time they'll have to coast at the end of the year. And with all the injuries and Lamar Odom having played for Team USA in FIBA this summer, Jackson may elect to simply let go of the top spot in the West and simply make the playoffs, then assert themselves. Winning every regular season game is the farthest thing from Jackson's mind. Fifty or better and they should be in, and with Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Odom, Derek Fisher, new additions Matt Barnes and Steve Blake, that number's doable in Jackson's sleep.

The only fear in Jackson's mind has to be if eventually Bryant's body which has been stunningly durable over the past two years will give out. And that's not something Jackson even wants to begin to think about, let alone Kobe. Then again, why worry when Bryant's shown he's willing to work harder, fight harder, do whatever is necessary to succeed?


Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:41 pm

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

Not sure what you're talking about Ebonyrod, this team is pretty mediocre without Kobe. Let's look at it: A washed up p.g. in Fisher. A gimpy, underachiever in Bynum. 2 decent players in Odom, and Artest. And Gasol who's great when Kobe's on the floor, but just an above average guy without Kobe. Let's remember no one ever talked about Gasol when he was on Memphis. the season Gasol got traded to L.A. Memphis had the Worst record in basketball. In fact, not only did Gasol never win a playoff series without Kobe, Gasol had never even won a single playoff game without Kobe.
Let's be honest, without Kobe, Lakers are just a bunch of average guys. With Kobe, the best player in basketball, they go from a mediocre team to repeat World Champions. And that's why Kobe is by far the best player in the game.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:22 am
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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2010 1:57 am

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

With the team we had last year they won without Kobe. The thing about that team winning is no one in the whole Laker Nation was sold on the fact that they were not good subs, yet they won. Everyone wanted to get rid of Farmar as well as a couple of the other bench mob.

The thinking about the new subs we have it that they are better than the subs we had last year. If this is the case then there should not be that much of a drop off. The team should be able to roll into Nov with a winning record while Kobe sit for the first 2-3 weeks or at the minimum play fewer minutes.

I think the team will ok, I would wonder about the chemistry of the team as it would be made up and when Kobe returned and the knowledge the new players have of the triangle.

Over all if everyone in Laker Nation think this group of subs is an improvement over the ones we had last season then  we should be in good shape.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:43 pm

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

Rest him!!! As long as he is ready when the playoffs begin Im good!

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:55 pm

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

The difference a year can make is a big deal. The Lakers are starting to remind me of the past Spurs & Celtics Champion teams. They might make it to the Finals, but a young, hungry team is going to dethrone them soon with all these injuries. One you get to the point where you are constantly injured, it seldom gets better for very long. Lakers dynasty is about over.  

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:34 pm

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

Equally stoked about the season starting, pcook. I'm not particularly worried about this right now. In fact, considering what we've seen Kobe put his body through the past 3+ seasons I am completely in favor of him taking the slowest track possible to getting back. This Laker team is still very strong without him, and have proven the past two seasons that they can win in his absence. It will also give newcomers like Steve Blake and Matt Barnes more of a chance to get familiar with the triangle.

Three-peat baby, let's get it on!

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:01 pm

Kobe may not be ready for season opener

I'm stoked the NBA season is getting closer to starting!  There is certainly going to be some adjustments that role players are going to have to do.  Even Pau and Lamar have got to step it up.  Competition doesn't stand still, it only gets tougher.  Kobe's work ethic is unreal.  MJ had an unreal work ethic also.  Now that Kobe's got that "win no matter what" mentallity, he's tougher.  But, still he's got some growing to do.  Here's hoping the Lakers roll with or without Kobe! 

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