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Most people, including his fans, seem to think that Kobe Bryant is a one-dimensional player. That is by far the furthest thing from the truth, and in the last few games he has more than shown that statement to be untrue.
Yes, Kobe loves to shoot the ball. He’s the guy you want with the ball in his hands in the final seconds of a close game. But he’s also the guy you want with the ball period.
The key to staying relevant in the NBA is making adjustments. Kobe now knows he doesn’t have to do it all. He Has guys like Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash that he can defer to.
In the last three games he has barely missed out on a triple-double. Last night against the New Orleans Hornets he finished with 14 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds. On the 27th against the Oklahoma City Thunder he finished with 21 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. And finally on the 25th against the Utah Jazz he finished with 14 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds.
He hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves so far this season. Mostly because of all the struggles the Lakers have been through so far. Averaging 28.7 points a game on 47% shooting is amazing for a guy who takes mostly jump shots. Haters also make fun of him for not passing the ball, not knowing he averages 5 assists a game. He also rebound’s the ball very well for an older guard at 5 a game.
At 34 years old Kobe still plays 38 minutes a game. He has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s evolving his game even more. If he keeps his recent play up the Lakers will become a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.