Posts Tagged ‘Lakers’

Deconstructing Kobe the Great

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

In 16 seasons, Kobe Bryant has never led the league in Win Shares or Win Shares/48 Minutes. He has been the best guard in the NBA only twice. And, most damningly, he has been the best player on his team just 5 times.

This wouldn’t be a problem for one of the better players to ever play the game. However, Kobe is often perceived as one of the greatest. The biggest problem you’ll encounter when evaluating Kobe Bryant’s entire career is the amount of time you’ll be forced to spend undoing a number of perceived “truths” about him. Read the rest of this entry »


Kobe v. LeBron: 627 Games

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Through 8 seasons in the NBA, LeBron James has played in 627 regular season games; the exact same number of games played by Kobe Bryant in his first 9 seasons. I thought I’d match up their numbers over their first 627 games and see what sticks out. The results should exploit some similarities and differences between two superstars early in their careers; each argued at one point to have been the best in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo of the Day (and Some Numbers Behind It)

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:39 am

Game 1 or 2 of the 2010 Western Conference semifinals; Utah Jazz @ L.A. Lakers [Staples Center]
I believe I found this picture on May 5, 2010. It was almost certainly from Game 1 (May 2nd) or 2 (May 4th).

Kobe Bryant wants to rip Deron Williams face off. Deron would be very grateful if he could just get his ball back.

Kobe Bryant‘s top-seeded Lakers were coming off a close first round series against the 8-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, in which L.A. clinched the series with a thrilling 95-94 Game 6 victory on OKC’s home court.

The first round wasn’t exactly a cakewalk for Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz, either. This was a year in which every Western Conference playoff team had at least 50 wins in the regular season, and seemingly every a team in the West had some chance of reaching the Finals. (It’s hard to imagine a time when that was ever true in the East.)  But the Jazz got the job done against the 53-win, 4th-seeded Nuggets in a 6-game series, despite an output of 30-PPG by Carmelo Anthony in the series.

What happened after this picture? Kobe’s Lakers would sweep the series against the Jazz, although the final scores were close: the Lakers won Game 1 by 5-points; Game 2 by 8-points; and Game 3 by 1-point.

And despite what his fearsome face in the picture above might suggest, the MVP of the series wouldn’t be Kobe Bryant, but Pau Gasol. The Lakers’ PF averaged 23.5-PPG and 14.5-RBPG in the series, and never pulled down fewer than 12 boards in a game against the Jazz.    …Although I’m sure the Bill Russell Award made for a fine consolation prize for Bryant.