Originally Posted by Nkc
Im just gonna put it out there, Lakers are better with Kobe not scoring at all or benched. It all comes down to how important Kobe feels about a W on the board and having less than 10 pts. I bet he feels like crap. Heats all the way.
Somewhat true. If Kobe wasn't playing then Nash would be handling the ball and the pace of the game. Steve Nash was still averaging over 10 assist last season in PHX because they ran their offense through him. Even though PHX was full of scrubs, they were almost able to make the playoff with 8th seed.
Without Kobe in the lineup, they probably will be a playoff team but definitely not a championship contender. You need a closer in the NBA finals and without Kobe you won't win a championship. And the stats I threw out in the beginning of the season still stands. The Lakers usually lose when Kobe scores 30+. Most of the wins the Lakers has is when Kobe scores less than 30.