By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on May 27, 2014
Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony are great individual players, but they could not be successful together on the same team. Here are five reasons, from smallest to biggest, why this is the case:
Bryant, while a good perimeter defender in his prime, is an aging star and defender. Anthony has never been a talented defender. Both of these players on the floor together would leave the Lakers with poor defense on the wing, and with so many talented wing scorers in the league these days, this pairing would spell disaster for the Lakers on that end of the floor.
Bryant and Anthony like to take a lot of fade-away and contested shots as it is. Having both of those players take those shots in the same lineup would be disastrous for the Lakers' chemistry on the court. All of those missed shots would become transition offense for the opposing team, and with poor defensive players, the Lakers would find themselves down more times than they could dig themselves out of.
Bryant just signed a two-year deal worth approximately million. Anthony would command the maximum pay he could earn, which would leave the Lakers with very little financial flexibility going forward. Yes, the team could sign veterans at the minimum to come in and play, but none of those older players would be true impact guys, leaving imbalance all over the Lakers' roster.
Bryant and Anthony are both isolation scorers who love the ball in their hands when the clock is ticking down. If there are two players on the wing who both hog the ball and do not do enough to get everyone else involved, it makes it much easier for the defense of the opposing team to be effective because it is known where the ball is going to end up at. No ball movement means poor shot selection and, ultimately, an inefficient offense.
Bryant and Anthony both like to think they are "the man." Unfortunately, only one player on a team can be that guy who is the ultimate leader both on the court and in the locker room. Bryant is the veteran player, but I am not so sure Anthony would give up that title to someone who is out of his prime. Clashing egos would most certainly be a problem these two players would have to overcome in order to have success on and off the court.
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