On Saturday night Kobe Bryant took 41 field goal attempts vs. the Golden State Warriors in a victory. There wasn’t a need to do so and in the process he missed 25 of those attempts. This Los Angeles Lakers team has way too much talent for a single player to take 41 shots.
Saturday’s game also marked the return of Steve Nash who was coming off a leg injury that cost him nearly two months. With Nash in the lineup the offense needs to be more free flowing and the ball has to move. Having two other talented skilled big men and other capable role players there’s no need for Bryant to dominant the offense like that.
The Lakers have to get Dwight Howard more involved offensively because the can breakdown the opponents defense and make for easy shots for his teammates.
Also Howard is free to leave the organization after this season if he so chose to. He wants to be featured as a main contributor not just another guy on the team and at the moment he is a role player and not a super star player as we have grown accustomed to over the past several years.
For the team to be successful they need around 20 shots a game from Bryant. There are way too many players that are vital to the team’s success for him to be jacking up that many shot attempts. Some of the Lakers problems have been lack of production from some of the other guys on the team but if one guy is dominating the ball how can they contribute?
If this is a pattern of what is to come, the Lakers season will be short and it may cost them Howard in the long run. Bryant has to trust Nash to run this offense and get everyone involved so that this team can maximize its potential.