Kobe walks a thin line every time he steps out on the court. Sometimes he’ll play it perfectly, but other times he’ll overexert himself and overshoot. We shouldn’t ask Kobe to change just because of a couple of selfish bad shooting nights. Instead, we should embrace his absolute confidence in himself and his insistence on never changing his mentality of always attacking.
Isn’t this trait not what separates Kobe from Lebron? Kobe will keep shooting because he believes the next shot will go in. Lebron makes the safer, more statistically sound decision. Yes, we do have two incredibly skilled bigs in the lane who deserve more looks at the basket. At the end of the day though, I do trust in Kobe’s decisions out on the court.
Sometimes he gets a bit ahead of himself, looking for that storyline about how he saved the Lakers down the stretch even though the easier route to victory is down low with Andrew and Pau. However, Kobe has proved that he can win. When he stops shooting the ball and stops believing in himself, his team will fall short of the ultimate goal.