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Monday, November 20, 2006
Laker and Sun Staffers: Lakers are Better When Kobe Bryant Shoots Less

In Jack McCallum's new book about the Suns, Seven Seconds or Less (which I have already raved about so much that I am beginning to impugn my own credibility) there is a fascinating bit of Kobe Bryant news:

Kevin Pelton's article from a while ago made a case (I'm paraphrasing dreadfully) that Kobe Bryant makes his teammates more effective even when he's being a ballhog. Guess that's true compared to when he's not on the floor at all. But it's fascinating that at least some of the basketball professionals on the staff of both sides in that series thought the Lakers would have a better chance of winning if Kobe Bryant shot the ball less. It's the superstar's burden, and Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and others all have to deal with it.

What's especially interesting is that the Lakers ended up losing a game seven in which Bryant was criticized for not shooting enough.