考虑到我经营湖人队’ site, it’s probably a bit strange I write so little about 科比·布莱恩特. Sure, he gets mentioned in game previews and recaps (像星期四晚上’s) or an occasional analysis piece, but singling him out for a long form post on 什么ever relevant topic 是 n’这是我经常做的事情。
也许吧’因为20年后’说的有点新。或者也许’s just because, after 20 years of 科比 being 科比 —以及所有附带的—我已经厌倦了关于这个男人的任何写照，对他的热情要求，反击，狂躁的赞美和愤怒的点头。
科比 是 但是，这是一个有趣的话题。 当周到地完成 — or even when it’s not —它推动了对话，并让狂热者，仇恨者和中间的每个人都有机会对这个人说出自己的想法，这个人比我记得的任何一位伟大的球员都更加两极分化。
The more interesting thing that came out of this 科比 discussion, for me at least, was ESPN撰写的与排名相对应的作品’s Baxter Holmes。福尔摩斯透露“第一 在一系列 on how league insiders view the Lakers’ rebuild” which was focused on 科比 and how he’s viewed*.
The picture was not pretty and, via anonymous quotes and their implications, 科比 was shredded. A sampling of the quotes range from the Lakers needing to “get rid of 科比 通过 什么ever means necessary”当他的合同在今年夏天到期时，一位高管说团队已经“创造了一个怪物” with 科比 via how they have managed to be so intertwined with him and how he’对团队至关重要’s brand.
The more interesting excerpts, however, go back to the familiar theme of 什么 kind of teammate 科比 是 . Considering those being quoted had already levied some pretty harsh critiques of 科比, you can only imagine how this part went as well. An offering from the piece:
许多内部人士怀疑，科比会退居任何人之后，更不用说年轻球员了。“That’s why I wouldn’不想让他加入团队，”一位高管说“because 我不知道’t think he’d accept that role.” “在过去的两到三年中，他什么时候曾经接受过甚至接近于此的东西？” one scout asked. “I don’t think you’能够改变他的角色’s never been in.”
首先，’重要的是请注意，这些只是意见。他们’re also not new ones or even that radical. If someone 是 going to be critical of 科比, there’确实采取了两种（一般）途径。首先是他’是一个自私的玩家（以及该标签附带的所有物品）。第二个有点联系的是他’s a 坏队友 who wants things done his way and will proceed to act on those wants even if there might be a different (and better) way.
这不是’真正的新闻，而且在大多数情况下可能不会’t require comment. Folks are fine to agree or disagree based on 什么ever criteria they want; with 什么ever amount of context they want. Welcome to the internet. No big deal. Honestly.
Basically, 科比 是 n’想要调整。他’寻找某人 强迫他 to adjust. 科比 came up in an era, and on a team, where nothing was really handed to him. He was a rookie on a team which just signed Shaq and had won 53 games the season before he was drafted. 那 team was going to be good with or without 科比. They had Eddie Jones at his spot and Nick Van Exel as the other guard. They had Ced Ceballos and other good role players. And, again, 他们刚刚签了Shaq.
Early in his career, 什么 科比 seemed to learn, then, was if he was going to become the player he wanted to be, he was going to have to impose himself on a situation which didn’t necessarily need him to be great for them to achieve great things. This led to him taking shots in playoff series which he probably had no business taking. It led to him dropping quotes about 什么 he thought he could achieve in his career. And it led to a sh*tload of work being put in to reach those goals.
For better or for worse, 科比 has since led a career defined 通过 this same approach. As much as he’提供了有关“让游戏来” to him, that’s really a bunch of coach-speak BS. 科比 wants to impose his will on the game. On his opponents. And, yes, even on his teammates. It’听起来并不那么险恶。如果他能在这件事上打上烙印’试图影响他，他似乎认为’将以积极的方式进行锻炼。历史在很大程度上证明了他的正确。
This brings us back to the quotes above. While I think 科比 是 more willing to bend towards the young players on the roster —特别是当他意识到自己的比赛在逐渐减少时— I also think he’d like nothing more than for one (or all 三 of the Clarkson, Randle, Russell trio) to take the reins from him and force him to be slotted accordingly. This 是 , after all, 什么 he did early in his career and 是 , seemingly, 什么 he would respond to now. In fact, he said so himself:
“您必须能够坚持自己，尤其是在我’m playing on —尤其是我’我在玩。因为我不’t want chumps, 我不知道’想要俯卧撑，如果你’再说一遍，我将击败你。它’对他来说，拥有那种韧性并说，‘我相信自己我可以加紧，我可以打这些球，我可以表演。’我认为这非常非常重要。”
Those quotes are from last year when 科比 was talking about 林书豪. 科比 was praising his teammate noting that Lin had done exactly 什么 he needed to do 通过 taking control of a late game possession in a 比赛 against the Clippers.
I’ve no clue how the final year (or years) of 科比’他的事业将会发挥出来。像之前的19个赛季一样，我’确保会有跌宕起伏，得失，称赞和批评。但是，如果我有我的猜测，他’d爱上了后季，所以他可以留下自己的印记。而且，尽管有些人可能觉得他有最后一场比赛的胜利者或胜利的时刻对他来说是很棒的，但我认为如果以他看着他的一位年轻队友放弃他获得最后一球而结束，他可能会觉得很诗意。
*我知道一些湖人队的球迷为他的作品而在福尔摩斯开枪，但是我不知道’看不到任何问题。虽然我知道严厉的批评正在使湖人感到厌倦’ fans, the idea of how 科比 是 viewed 通过 other league officials really 是 interesting to me. Holmes did throw in some opinion of his own, but, guess 什么 we all do that. The fact some might disagree with him 是 , well, par for the course when you write about sports or, specifically, the Lakers.