Contributed by guest author Connor O’Malley
The Los Angeles Lakers are now 2-0 since Kobe Bryant severely sprained his ankle. Color me not in the least bit surprised. Anyone who has watched the Lakers play this year knows that Bryant is more a part of the problem than part of the solution. He’s a great scorer, a great competitor and a hard worker. But he’s also an overrated ballhog.
Just looking at it subjectively, there’s no viable conclusion other than Bryant is overrated. Consider these jaw-dropping statistics:
- When Bryant scores 20 or few points this season, the Lakers are 15-4. When he scores over 20 points, L.A. is 21-28.
- When Bryant has at least eight assists, the Lakers are 13-5. When he passes less, his team is 23-27.
- When Bryant shoots 16 or fewer times, the Lakers are 17-3. When he shoots more than that, L.A. is 19-29.
- In wins, Bryant averages 24.2 points and 7.0 assists. In losses, Bryant averages 30.2 points and 4.4 assists.
Any team player would look at those numbers are decide it’d be a good idea to pass more and shoot less. However, those thoughts just don’t go through Bryant’s brain. He sees superstars around him like Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and instead of seeing help, he sees threats to his standing as his team’s alpha dog.
The Lakers will probably make the playoffs; they are just too talented to miss out on the postseason. But when the going gets tough, Bryant is going to revert to his ballhog tendencies and shoot the Lakers out of the playoffs.
Most NBA pundits will overlook the fact that Bryant does more harm than good to his team. But numbers don’t like. Kobe Bryant is overrated. Kobe Bryant is a ballhog. End of story.
Connor O’Malley, also known as the Cranky Bostonian, was born in Boston and has lived there his entire natural life. He has a certifiable obsession with all things relating to the Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins. To contact him, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Connor O’Malley columns:
Hank Steinbrenner Killed the Yankees
Derek Fisher is a Lying, Thieving Charlatan with Terrible Karma
Jerry Buss was Overrated