Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by jessestylex, May 30, 2010.
Jordan also never lost a finals, Kobe's lost 2.
You think the Lakers would be ok without Kobe? He literally had to carry them himself- many times in losing efforts this postseason.
The Bulls had leadership outside of Jordan though. Something the Lakers don't have. They do have some key players, but no one that can take over a team like Scotty Pippen could (a legit #1 scoring threat on any other team at the time). Lakers have Gasol, but he's quiet and fades too much when the team has their back to the wall.
Fisher could be a leader, but he's at the point of his career that he can't lead with his play as much as his persona.
Plus, they play in the west. I don't think they'd make it past the first round without the double/triple teams being played on Kobe.
Shaq helped one stat for Kobe. Wins. Without him, he probably wouldn't have 3 of his rings... but he'd definitely have about 5 points or more on his scoring average. Probably more. He'd be like Kevin Durant, plus he'd probably get at least 5 more FTs a game alone.
So all that to say that you agree that the Lakers are a playoff team sans Kobe? OK then.
Well how good would the Heat be without Wade? The Cavs without LeBron? The Suns without Nash and so on. You take the best player off any team and they're going to suck.
As for Pippen he was a very good #2 but a little overrated. Based on his time in Houston and Portland. I know he was older but he was still productive the years right before.
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