Kobe taking some Heat after Lakers loss to Miami
In its "Six Questions" feature, ESPN has asked a selection of people their take on certain aspects of Thursday's Lakers loss to Miami. One of the questions, with selected answers, is below, and as you can see, some pin the loss on Kobe Bryant's shoulders. You can read all the answers here.
Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: Idea: The vast majority of the NBA's poor shot selection is the work of superstar wings. That includes players like Wade, James and Bryant. Who else gets to miss seven in a row and keep shooting?
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: He's lucky he has had so many winning performances in the past; otherwise, he'd be defined by his poor shot selection and turnovers in the fourth quarter of this showcase game.
Kevin Arnovitz, Heat Index: It certainly wasn't unprecedented. With the Heat containing the Lakers up front, Kobe took it upon himself to robo-shoot the Lakers to a win. Sometimes he succeeds, and sometimes he doesn't, as was the case Thursday night. Both his shot selection and playmaking were sloppy, and that petulance that often fuels him led him into a series of bad decisions.
Chris Broussard, ESPN the Magazine: Kobe took a couple of quick 3s, which were ill-advised, but I'm not going to kill him. He couldn't beat Wade off the dribble, for the most part, and settled almost exclusively for jumpers. But he hit some big 3s, too. Not a great performance, obviously, but not alarmingly bad in any way.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Kobe Bryant puts up a shot against Miami. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images.