Why exactly is it Kobe's responsibility to fucking babysit his teammates and make sure they get involved every single game? Of course he's the leader but when Pau isn't even aggressive and Ron/Fish can't throw a rock into the ocean, what do you expect?
I agree, Pau played soft. Ron isn’t playing well. Yea, the problems go deeper than Kobe but him taking over the game in order to win only makes things worse. And when this becomes a trend players be come passive and watch Kobe instead of getting involved.
Kobe needs his team to win, especially against the celtics. He should find a way to inspire his teammates so he wont have to score so much. I dunno, maybe build up their confidence first so he can trust them later. At least 4 other players on his team are capable of taking over a game. Kobes just gotta pass to them more.
"JIMMER, JIMMER CHICKEN DINNER": My review of BYU vs SDSU
Excuse the title. I know its kind of random but watching Jimmer Fredette single handidly destroy the defense (which actually wasn’t that bad) of SDSU was just as satisfying as eating a good meal. If you familiar with the blog, you know I’ve been posting about Jimmer frequently leading up to last nights game. The hype surrounding him seemed too good to be true and I, like many Basketball fans around the nation, was waiting to see if he would live up to it all when facing a real challenge.
Well, its safe to say he made believers out of many skeptics yesterday inculding some NBA scouts. I guessing his draft stock jumped probably from a late first round to maybe top ten. Funny how just a couple weeks ago, I remember a sportscaster saying his game wouldn’t translate into the NBA and that he probably wouldn’t get drafted. This sounds crazy now but in hindsight weren’t we all were a little slow to jump on the board the band wagon? No one really had a chance to see what he was all about.
Well, last night I got a chance to really breakdown his game. I’m no NBA scout but I like to think I know talent when I see it. I got an eye for the game and recently a pretty good track record when predicting success in the league. Having said this, its still to early to predict how Jimmer would do in the NBA. However, I will say his game is official. It’s no fluke. He’s easily the best scorer in College and what sets him apart from the rest obviously is his Jumpshot. I’ve always argued how a pure jumper is an important yet undervalued skill in any level of Basketball. Most guards nowadays have crazy ball handling skills but it rare that you see someone with a shot like Jimmer or say Ray Allen in the NBA. Being one myself, I have a natural prefrence for shooters and know how much of a asset it can be offensively. We all know Jimmer can shoot. Thats his primary threat but I also learned he’s a heck of a driver and finisher. On top of that hes got a killer instinct and thats a deadly combination.
Watching the game yesterday I realized out why Jimmers so hard to stop and why hes the leading scorer in the Nation. To sum it up:
1. He has range, and on top of that he shoots a Jumpshot not a set one. This is good for shorter players. It’s harder to contest because he jumps so high and releases at the peak of his jump. If you give him any room he’ll be in the air and the ball will be out of his hands before you can get a hand near it. By having a Jump shot he can also elevate to see/shoot over taller defenders. He can also focus, prepare and alter his his shot in mid air if the defense requires it, even from the 3 point distance.
2. If you play him close, he’s quick enough to drive past you and score inside. He’s pretty big for a guard so he can take the contact and draw the foul or still finish.
3. If your quick enough to stay in front he can pull back for a mid range jumper. If your on his back/side he’ll play off your contact, try to get a foul, or use his body to create space and take an off balance floater.
One thing he also destroyed was SDSUs defense on the pick and roll. If he didnt have a shot, he just split the defense, picked up his dribble, took the floater or jumper around the foul line. He can also play off the ball and catch and shoot but usually he creates his own shot.
The only thing I see seriously lacking is his passing ability. The only time he tried to pass was to bail him out on a failed Jumpshot. That over the head pass jump pass is probably the worst type of pass you can do. Its predictable and telegraphed. This lead to a couple of SDSU steals. Jimmers not really a passing type of guard. He likes to score first but I can’t blame him. If the shots are falling then go ahead. However, his shot selection would be questionable if he didn’t make so many. What else…..
He’s got a pretty good cross over. I know you that nasty cross/pull up three combo more than once last night. Anyways, seems like the total package offensively. I’m sure there’s more to his game we have yet to see. I can’t wait until March.
I don’t think there’s been a BYU game aired on TV yet this season so I’m really anticipating seeing Jimmer and the rest of 19-1 Bringham Young team take on UNDEFEATED San Diego State tonight. I been keeping up with all the highlights of the nations leading scorer. Is he the best player in the nation….? I’ll still go with Kemba Walker but after tonight I may change my mind. Hopefully we get to see classic Jimmer and he drops 40 with a couple deep threes. I hear tons of NBA scouts will be in the house. The pressures on. Both teams have a lot on the line and something to prove. This could be the best game of the year so far. A must watch.