Saturday , Apr , 28 , 2007 Oly Sandor

You vote, Head-to-Head: Kobe The Facilitator Versus Kobe The Scorer?

Critics claim Kobe Bryant shoots too much and critics also claim Kobe Bryant passes too much. At Hoopsvibe, we want our fans to determine who’s better: Kobe the Facilitator/Passer or Kobe the Scorer? Read another of our famous Head-to-Head series and vote for your favorite version of Kobe Bryant in the comment box below. We’ll tally your votes and announce the winner.

Head-to-Head: At hoopsvibe, we always debate the NBA’s biggest issues. Right now, The Association is split on who’s a better player: Kobe the Facilitator/Passer or Kobe the Scorer.

Which version of Kobe Bryant do you prefer? Do you think Bryant’s at his best when facilitating for teammates and then choosing specific moments to score? Or do you think Bryant’s at his best when looking to score and then choosing specific moments to facilitate for teammates?

You know the deal. Read the article below. Vote for Kobe the Facilitator/Passer or Kobe the Scorer in the comment box below. We’ll tally your votes and announce the results.

Candidate #1: Kobe the Facilitator/Passer.


Argument for Kobe the Facilitator:

1) He’s the NBA’s best player, averaging 25-35 points. But his scoring outbursts are limited to key points of the game.

2) He passes out of the double team. Kobe the Facilitator accepts the extra defender and usually swings the ball to an open teammate.

3) He feeds off his teammates scoring. When , , and all the other Lakers contribute, Kobe the Facilitator becomes excited and enthusiastic.

4) He’s a better defensive player. Kobe the Facilitator doesn’t exert all his energy on offense. This allows him to play great man-to-man defense.

5) He picks his spots. Kobe the Facilitator has a great feel for the game, knowing when to pass to teammates and when to look for his own shot.

Argument against Kobe the Facilitator/Passer:

1) He can lose his killer instinct. In game seven of last year’s playoffs, Kobe the Facilitator got off track deferring to teammates. This also happened in game two of this year’s Suns/Lakers series.

2)
His teammates sometimes lose their nerves. Bryant’s teammates aren’t always willing to take the big shot.

Candidate #2: Kobe The Scorer.

Argument for Kobe the Scorer:

1) He’s the NBA’s most dominant player, averaging well over 35 points per game. In fact, Kobe the Scorer regularly scores 50 or more points. During the 2005-06 season, he hit for 81 points against the Raptors.

2) He imposes his will on opponents. Kobe the Scorer leaves his mark on the game and does not take the risk of involving sub-par teammates.

3) He saved his team’s season. The Lakers were struggling with Lamar Odom and Luke Walton injured. Kobe the Scorer took over, leading the Lakers to the playoffs.

4) He may be the greatest player of all time. Kobe the Scorer plays the game at such a high level. He’s an evolved and improved version of Michael Jordan.

Argument against Kobe the Scorer:

1) He uses all his energy on offense. So Kobe the Scorer lacks the energy to play great man-to-man defense.

2) He can’t turn the Lakers into an elite team. Kobe the Scorer often tries to do too much and shoots his team out of games. For example, in game 2 of the Suns/Lakers series, Bryant missed several shots down the stretch.

We’ve laid out the case for Kobe the Facilitator and Kobe the Scorer. Now make your selection and vote in the comment box below.

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