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Kobe "I can see where he is coming from"


The Lakers have sucked for an unprecedented period of time for their franchise so LeBron's arrival was supposed to bring results and stability after years of turmoil in ownership and on the court. I guess we forgot Lakers always were full of drama, even if they were winning.

In 2012 Lakers featured Kobe, Gasol, Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes and Andrew Bynum. their head coach at the time was Mike Brown. This was a shortened season, the CBA negotiations took longer than expected and the league entered a lockout. The Lakers finished 3rd in the West with a 41 - 25 record.

Still, a lot of drama happened that year, and one of the most memorable moments was something quite ordinary today. Andrew Bynum took a three from the top of the key and was immediatley benched for it. The best way to describe the zeitgeist in the NBA at the time, here is a quote by Matt More from CBS:

Andrew, quick tip, there, big guy. You're seven feet tall. Being able to dunk on people is a valuable skill and something you're good at. Do that. Develop a nice turnaround. Maybe a running hook. You know what you don't need? A three-point shot

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To add to the irony, the shot was taken against the Warriors, a team that would soon start the three point tsunami and take over the NBA. Bynum was always considered extremley talented but difficult to coach. He would take plays off both on offense and defense, and especially at that time you can't have your rim-protector just not putting in the work Coaches constantly had to be on top of him to make sure he performed, even fine him in front of cameras.

So it is not a shock to find out Bynum's relationship with Kobe was tense to say the least. One thing that doesn't fly with Mamba is a lack of focus and commitment. You have to be 100% in. That's why Kobe's reaction to this play is a great window into his process.

Most players would be upset for their big guy, who had made only one three all year, to take such a shot early in the shoot clock. A superstar shooting guard that wants the ball all the time? even more so, right? That is why nobody could believe when Kobe was chill about the miss.

I think he was testing the limits of his game. To me, everybody frowned when he took turnaround shots in the post, and now people aren't frowning beacuse he's making them. ... It's somewhat amusing to me, in some ways, the edginess and chippiness of it makes it easy for me to relate to because I had some of that when I was younger. It's easy for me to see when he's coming from.

Mistakes are a part of the learning process, but if you do it the right way superstars will understand. They went through the same thing.

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