Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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Jason Whitlock, a writer for FOX Sports, dissected the problem the Los Angeles Lakers are currently going through.  According to Whitlock, the root of the problem is not the coach nor the lack of a solid point guard to relieve Steve Nash, but the ego of Kobe Bryant.  Whitlock blames Kobe’s “desperate pursuit of Michael Jordan’s legacy.”  A powerful opinion that some may or may not agree with. Whitlock pointed out that when certain players took their talents to South Beach, Dwyane Wade was the face of that team.  Their first season together did not go well because Wade wanted to lead a team full of talent.  He had to play second banana in order for them to win a championship, in which they did in the shortened 2011-2012 NBA season. Whitlock also continued on to say, I blame Kobe.  He’s the guy stopping Howard from eating.  Kobe is the guy giving Howard room to lose himself in his immaturity and hide. One’s opinion should be respected, but going as far as blaming Kobe for the problems plaguing the Lakers is a step too far.  Name one person who has been consistent enough to put up major minutes and put up some points for the team.  Yes, that would be Kobe Bryant.  This is not to say that the blame should be on Dwight Howard, but this is a team effort.  Every player has to step up.  The only one who has been consistent in stepping up, regardless if that hurts the team or not, is in fact Kobe Bryant. To blame him?  Absolute non-sense.  There is too much talent on that Lakers roster to be wasted down the drain.  Each individual has to bring what they have and mesh together.  The blame is on the team’s chemistry.  They have not had a solid run together in a consistent manner.  Injuries seems to be a common theme, but that alone should not be the reason why the Lakers are doing worse than expected. The blame is not on one person, regardless of what his “ego” may be.  His ego is backed by the will to win and do whatever is in his power to do so.  The blame of this all is the Lakers for not really wanting to play basketball at the moment. Blaming Kobe’s ego is like blaming the downfall of an architectural masterpiece.  One cannot blame that one loose bolt.  Instead, the entire structure is to blame because the support was not there to keep up with any minor faults that will occur.  Perhaps a bad analogy, but the Lakers are not winning right now and that is what the story is for now as a whole.
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