Originally Posted by lawdog1
And all you've given is a couple anecdotes about Kobe deferring to the younger guys in limited situations. What about the other times this season when he was jacking up terrible shots and had Russell and Clarkson just standing around? Is that great leadership? You could argue that this whole, look-at-me, farewell tour that he's on (which he said he'd never do) is stunting the development of the younger players. The Lakers have done nothing but get worse since Phil left and Kobe has become the unquestioned face of the franchise. So, what is his supposed leadership really doing for them? Has he helped make guys like Nick Young any better? Doesn't seem like it. Originally Posted by sea manup i mean the only examples you could bring up were dwight who doesnt get along with anyone and a 10 year old comment about bynum. its one thing to have different views but if pretty much all evidence suggests the opposing view then at some point it becomes seeing what you want to be true rather than what's actually in front of you.
You're the one on here who puts results about everything else. So, please tell me the positive things that Kobe has accomplished through his great leadership. Explain to me how, over roughly the last six years, other players on the Lakers have gotten better because they're playing with Kobe.
"It's great to be with him," Jamison said. "I love a guy who expects so much from his teammates. He pushes his teammates. After games, we're traveling, guys are on their laptops, their iPads, watching movies, listening to music, this guy is watching film. He's breaking down situations. I'll be watching a movie, he'll tap me like, 'Come here.' He'll dissect plays like, 'This is what we got to do, me and you got to get this going.' I mean, this guy eats, sleeps basketball and the only thing he wants to do is to win another championship and I've never seen anybody as focused, as dedicated as Kobe."
“Kobe is the main reason why I worked so hard in the last couple of years,” World Peace said after posting seven points on 2-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, four turnovers and two assists in 21 minutes in the Lakers’ 117-114 overtime loss to Utah on Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center. “I always wanted to come back and play with Kobe. I remember playing with Kobe, the sacrifices he made, playing hard, making unbelievable shots and showing unbelievable fundamentals. People can say he’s selfish all they want. But in the game, he’s so fundamentally sound. That’s tough to be fundamentally sound under all that pressure.”
Russell's first week of the regular season was fraught with frustration. He has been outperformed in three of the four games by other lottery picks.
Those around the Lakers regularly discuss the steep learning curve Russell faces in orchestrating an NBA offense, playing at a faster pace than ever before and against better opponents.
Recognizing this, Kobe Bryant told Russell to show up early to the team's morning shootaround Sunday. The two sat and watched film for an hour, Bryant pointing out situations when Russell didn't make the proper play, and offering insight on how to run the team.
"Ever since that meeting I feel better already, just as far as running the team," Russell said.
Scott said that impromptu film session said as much about Bryant as it did about Russell.
"He knows that he has to pass the torch one of these days," Scott said, "and he knows one of his biggest advantages to a lot of these guys is experience and giving them any bits and pieces that he can is going to be a gigantic help to them."
He schooled me on the business and lifestyle of the NBA. Although a couple jokes here and there He was never negative or talked down to anybody and I was there when went thru some tough times but he went out of his way to be helpful towards me, push me, and to think big picture in life and to have the mental toughness to remain focus and never be satisfied What more could you want from a teammate?
There aren’t too many guys who get an opportunity to sit down, talk to Kobe and actually pick his brain, but I was afforded this privilege. It was an incredible learning experience for me, to say the least. For all the stories you hear about Kobe talking trash and demanding a lot from his teammates, on many occasions he’s picked us up, too. He leads by example; however, you don’t hear about that much in the media.
Julius Randle credits Kobe Bryant for helping him get through his rehab from a fractured leg.
Bryant advised Randle to remain patient during his rehab. Randle was injured on opening night after being the Los Angeles Lakers' lottery pick in 2014.
"The biggest person to help get me through this was Kobe – by far," Randle said.
"I hope we can give him a reason to keep playing," Randle said. "I want to keep learning from him. Kobe's going to challenge you and push you. If you have a certain fire, a love for the game, that doesn't bother you. He may not always say something to piss you off, but he maybe just says something that makes you think."
“I learned a lot with him mentally. Obviously he’s a great player on the court. But mentally he’s always engaged,” Meeks said of Bryant. “He’s serious all the time. That rubbed off on me on the court because no matter if he was sick, hurt, he was always out there giving his best effort. It makes you work harder.”
“Kobe has been a great mentor for me, just telling me all types of things during the game. That’s been unbelievable for me this whole year, learning from the greatest player to play this game,” said Young, a former Cleveland High of Reseda product that grew up watching Bryant. “Who wouldn’t want to learn from and have Kobe in the locker room?”