Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kobe Bryant: Does the Lakers Star Need to Be a More Active Leader?

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Are Out, But Does Kobe Need to Change His Approach?

Everyone expects the world from Kobe Bryant.

This is a man who has a fist full of championship rings and is looked as one the best players to ever play the game. The only problem is, in the series against the Dallas Mavericks, he didn't lead like one.

When his team got up in this series, Bryant just jacked up outside shots and the rest of the team followed suit. At some point, he had to step in and just take the whole thing over. The Lakers had advantages on the inside and they never took advantage of them.

There was no offensive rhythm, and Bryant, as the leader of the team, had to step up there and get Los Angeles back on track. It never came and the team rolled over and died on the court in Game 4 against Dallas.

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A true leader doesn't let that happen to his team. Kobe had to will his team back into it, yet the Lakers came unraveled and Bryant looked like someone who was simply gassed after playing so much basketball over the past four years.

While it may seem like this isn't a good thing, maybe getting some extra time to rest those tired legs and recharge his batteries will be a great thing for Bryant. It's a grind to play the game for that much time and this is a time for the Lakers to reflect on what went wrong and address the bench, which plagued Los Angeles all year long.

Bryant isn't the greatest leader in the history of the sport, but he's better than we saw in that series against the Mavericks.

This should serve as a wake-up call and help the Lakers next year when they try for another championship.

Jaime King Lokelani McMichael Freida Pinto Eva Longoria Susan Ward

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