Guess it takes an injury, the legitimacy of which is in doubt given Cubby's penchant for drama and self hype, for the "Mamba" to finally reign in his chucking enough to let the Lakers supporting cast shine.
In all the recent Laker losses where Kobe has posted historically awful shooting numbers, the Lakers were getting their collective faces curb-stomped into the hardwood. In tonight's game the the greatest second option in NBA history (arguably) was relegated to role player status and the results were ten fold better. The Lakers led wire-to-wire with the entire team contributing and Kobe being the 4th or 5th best player for the Purple 'n Gold.
This should come to no surprise to real students of the game. Kobe has always been a better 2nd or even 3rd fiddle. But yet his slacked-jawed (a condition that they have no problem with as it keeps their mouth permanently open to receive Kobe's diseased manhood any time number 24 feels like having a spasm that's not in his back) idiot fans neglect all this, choosing only to focus on PPG and "clutch shots" that come after Kome has went 4-18.
To real Laker fans you have a hell of a squad and sure fire 16th ring if Kobe can accept the role he was actually destined for.