Kobe Wrong For Calling Out Gasol
When you think about the great leaders in sports today, Kobe Bryant name is amongst the top of the list. How could anyone argue or disagree with Bryant’s leadership style knowing legend he has become. Even though Kobe Bryant is a five time championship and one of the greatest players of all time, telling Pau Gasol to “put on your big boy pants on” was just wrong.
What Kobe needs to realize is that the problem is not Gasol; it’s the Lakers offensive system. What sparked Kobe’s comments was the Lakers sub-par performance this season and Pau Gasol being taken out of the game during critical fourth quarter moments. Coach Mike D’Antoni runs a system based on spacing and fast pace scoring. With Dwight Howard as one of the big men on the floor, Gasol cannot work in the post as much due to D’Antoni system. It’s only room for one big man on the floor with Gasol now picking and popping away from the basket. Instead of D’Antoni adjusting his offensive style to Gasol, Pau is being asked to change his game and sit out in critical moment by his coach and Kobe Bryant.
What Kobe needs to understand is that Gasol is a grown man. If you have an issue, talk to your teammate; don’t blast him in the media. Kobe is taking the “asshole” role to the extreme. Remember, Kobe would not have won his last two titles without Pau Gasol. Gasol has every right to be upset. If the Lakers trade Gasol, maybe then they will see how valuable he really is.
How do you feel about Kobe’s words towards Pau Gasol.