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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Suns v. Lakers: Kobe is not the MVP

Kobe is not the 2005-06 MVP. Nor is he the MVP of the postseason.

For the past 2 days, every time I turn on ESPN or TNT, I hear talk about Kobe, how he has been so amazing in the postseason and such a good teammate and so clutch in Game 4. Listening to this, you would think that Kobe is the only reason the Lakers are up 3-1 in the series at this point.

I say the media, as always, is giving Kobe unnecessary credit. Sure those 2 shots in Game 4 were clutch. I'm not going to dispute that, I'll give credit where credit is due. However, what about the rest of that game and the series overall? The numbers tell the truth.

Lets recap:

Game 1

Kobe: 7-21 shooting (33%), 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block.

Terrible shooting game, all four other starters had a better shooting percentage than Kobe and were in double digits. An OK game defensively.

Game 2

Kobe: 12-24 shooting (50%), 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal.

Much better shooting game, but nothing out of this world. Lamar (9 for 12) was really the star of that game. Much better defense, however. Looked like Phil really did get inside his head.

Game 3

Kobe: 6-18 shooting (33%), 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals.

Horrible shooting percentage once again. Passed the ball a litle more. Defense not as good as game 2, but was alert with 4 steals.

Game 4

Kobe: 9-14 shooting (64%), 24 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists.

Very good shooting percentage, good on assists. Overall, a very good game, but once again, nothing out of this world. In case anyone forgot, the Lakers were playing at home. They almost lost the game at first, and if not for that 3-pointer by Smush and then Smush's steal, Kobe would have been no where close to make that tying shot. And, in overtime, it was Smush and Walton that got Nash to lose the ball. So yes, Kobe was good, but nothing for the history books, and not without the rest of the team. If anything, it was actually his defense, rather than anything else, that has been contributing to the Lakers' victories.

Overall

Kobe averaged 45% shooting in the series, 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Honestly, nothing to write home about.

Look at the other stars of the postseason - Dirk Nowitzki, Andres Nocioni, LeBron James, Bonzi Wells, Sam Cassell, Elton Brand, Gilbert Arenas, etc. etc. etc. Are you telling me these guys are having a worse post season than Kobe? Dirk averaged 31 points on 50% shooting and has made many a clutch shot in the series against the Grizzlies, which the Mavs swept. Bonzi Wells was 9-11 last night for 25 points + 17 rebounds. LeBron James broke all the records in his playoffs debut. Sam Cassell and Elton Brand stopped the Clippers' 30 years playoff drought. Why isn't the media buzzing as much about that?

Lets stop the hype and look at the numbers.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, don't believe the hype, statically kobe is just an average player, but yet some people put him on a platform of greatness. Kobe is far from greatness, just fades in the playoffs.

9:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't the media buzzing as much about that?
Because the media love Kobe. Just deal.

11:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kobe is the best
check the hate

9:45 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is kobe the best? There is no reasonable argument. Go ahead and say three championships, not very reasonable, shaq carried him. The only other awards kobe has won is scoring title and a mvp in the all-star game, (A game where he looked to shoot first and pass third). True mark of a man who is the best? I think not.

3:10 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

name someone better than kobe

9:54 PM

 
Blogger asorto1 said...

Name someone who is better than Kobe?

Michael Jordan;
Kevin Garnett;
Allen Iverson,
Lebron James;
Gilbert Arenas;
Steve Nash;
Larry Bird;
Dwayne Wade;
etc, etc, etc...

And remember, a player is not a person who scores 81 points, a good player is someone who makes his teamates better, and wins.

9:59 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name someone better than Kobe? These kobe fans are really funny! Nice, great laugh. Anyways, heres my list of better players.
Lebron James
Michael jordan
tim duncan
shaq
dwyane wade
tracy mcgrady
yao ming
ray allen
larry bird
wilt chamberlian
bill russel
steve nash
oscar robertson
magic johnson
isiah thomas
and etc.... b/c they played good D, shoot a better percentage than kobe, and will/won without a dominant center carrying their sorry asses in the playoffs and finals.

12:42 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will a laker fan please explain to me how kobe is better than jordan, i want to understand your backwards logic.

12:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kobe is not better than MJ. That being said, MJ is not the greatest player of all time. He is simply ONE of the best of all time. MJ upon retirement didn't win the most championships-that would be Bill Russell, didn't score the most points-that would Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, didn't have the most rebounds-that would be Wilt Chamberlain, didn't have the most assists-that would be John Stockton, he didn't even have the best scoring percentage-he ended up being tied, TIED with Wilt Chamberlain. MJ couldn't even average 1 measly point better the Wilt Chamberlain. On defence MJ didn't have the most steals either. MJ wasn't even a good player coach nor owner with the Wizards. Now don't get me wrong, MJ was a great player, he just simply wasn't the greatest, just one of many Hall of Famers to play in the NBA.

1:42 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

name a player better than kobe ??? i'll name 100 if you want.

shaquille o'neal
tim duncan
magic johnson
jordan
larry bird
karl malone
lebron james
iverson
chamberlain
DR J
moses malone
kareem
olajuwon
ewing

i'll stop the bleeding for kobe fans for now.....

10:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, unbelievable. i can understand if you don't like kobe. that's fine. i totally respect people that don't. but come on, give at least a little credit where it is due! no giving kobe credit in game 4 against the suns?!?!?!?!?!?! ok yeah smush had some big plays at the end of the game, as did walton in the overtime, but kobe still hit an InCREDIBLE shot to force overtime and then hit the game winner in OT at the buzzer down by one. not one for the history books?!?!?!?!?!!?!?! if you don't acknowledge that kobe played great basketball in that series you are wrong. like you said, it's about making your teammates better right? and not putting up crazy points? well that is exactly what he did that game! he shot poorly but made his teammates better! and then you go to his scoring numbers and say "see, not that impressive." hypocritical. he played amazing basketball that series, even when his shots weren't falling. like i said, i don't care if you like him, but you have to at least give SOME credit where credit is due.

2:19 PM

 

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