The Lakers Have a Fever

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And the only prescription is more Kobe(ll).  It all started last post season when the Lakers were swept out of the Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks.  And while for some of us (who grew up rooting against Jordan), catching a beat-down from the eventual champs might bring a modicum of comfort, this is not the case for most Laker fans, and certainly for Kobe Bryant. Add to that the loss of perhaps the greatest coach in all of professional sports, and the loss of one of the best swingmen currently in the NBA, and it becomes apparent that the Lakers have some fears that need assuaged.

The answer thus far has been Kobe Bryant, and lots of him.  Through 12 games this season, Kobe’s usage is higher than it’s ever been throughout his career.  After 15 seasons, and 1,300 plus games that’s quite a feat.  As a result, Kobe’s win share per 48 minutes is higher than its ever been as well.  As can be expected with a player getting this much usage at this advanced stage in his career, Kobe’s efficiency is not the best.  His true shooting is lower than it’s ever been.  And his effective FG% is the lowest it has been since 2003-2004.

From a less stat based perspective, it’s obvious that Kobe is filling in.  He’s making up for scoring, rebounding, and passing that the Lakers lost when Odom left town.  He’s also taking advantage of an offense with less emphasis on spread productivity.  It’ll be interesting how long Kobe can keep up his torrid pace.  Thus far, it seems the long off season has done him good.

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5 Responses to “The Lakers Have a Fever”

  1. Brett Hoffman Says:

    So what happens when his wrist explodes? Or is Kobe going to finally be revealed as a basketball playing cyborg?

    • pmadavi Says:

      Listen and understand. That black mamba is out there. He can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop shooting, until he is dead.

  2. Brett Hoffman Says:

    Awesome! So do we all have to follow Dirk if we want to live?

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