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Friday And-1 links: Can Kobe and Nash coexist as leaders?

Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like these guys love Alex Morgan.

• Interesting post by the always… well, at least usually interesting Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop talking about the contrasting leadership styles of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Kobe is old-school, Michael Jordan, scare your teammates kind of leader. Nash wants more of a love-in. This could work — a few years back the Lakers had Derek Fisher to play good cop to Kobe’s bad cop. That worked out pretty well, the same kind of dynamic could develop here. And just like then, Pau Gasol will try to ignore it all.

• Another fascinating post, this one from Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated, looking at the most efficient scorers from the low post last year. Yes, it’s Paul Pierce, just like we all thought. And keep an eye on Carl Landry.

• Antoine Walker is thinking about his life after basketball.

Should the Wizards just accept the mistakes and start Bradley Beal at the two, because he is the long-term answer there. Yes, yes they should.

• One of my favorite posts of the day: Dream Shake takes a look back at the Rockets career of Brian Cook.

• There are reports Greek team Panathinaikos are talking to Ben Wallace about playing overseas.

• One of the odd notes out of the New York Times story detailing Jay-Z’s involvement with the Nets was the part saying the rapper had to call the league office and convince them to let the team’s new uniforms be black because the home office thinks African-Americans don’t look good in black uniforms. As you might imagine, the league vehemently denies this. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie makes the best point — the Spurs wear black, the Heat wear black regularly and other teams have black alternate uniforms. Since when is this a problem?

• Could the Bobcats be the 29th worst team in the NBA this season?

• Be very, very careful reading too much into numbers from summer Pro-Am games, but Trail Blazers rookie Will Barton scored 72 points during a contest in Baltimore. The young guard dropped those numbers on Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams.

• The Hornets signed guard Brian Roberts to a make-good deal (he gets a camp invite and some money with the chance to make the team).

• Former Raptors head coach Jay Triano may end up as an assistant in Portland.

• Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy will not join the Magic’s scouting department. I can think of about 210,000 reasons for that (think $).

• Nets second round pick Ilkan Karaman has signed with Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey.

  1. skids003 - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Kobe’s ego won’t let him co exist with anyone. Nash will defer because he has a brain and wants to win.

  2. dgbk - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    that was a weird point about blk jerseys. i guess according to the nets only the pacers and their 500 caucasian1st rd picks can wear blk.

  3. aboogy123456 - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I’m sick of hearing about this coexist stuff with Kobe. Last year he was arguably the best leader for his team in the whole league. He was always supportive for his teammates and was their biggest fan when he sat out the end of the season. He DID make those around him better.

    How did Kobe and Fisher work as leaders together? Kobe respects other smart players, and Nash and him make the smartest backcourt in the league. It won’t be a problem at all, and they will both be leaders as always.

    People like Henry Abbott and Skids003 need to start watching basketball before they say anything. Kobe’s teammates never say this stuff, just dumb fans and the media.

    • thomaskouns - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      A leader last year?

      How many times did he publicly throw Gasol under the buss as well as Bynum on a few occasions last year…

      I can’t think of any other player in the league who made so many negative comments about his teammates play last year and a lot of the media get fooled into thinking that’s leadership.

      And this coming from someone who shot .43 from the field last year and played half-hearted defense on numerous occasions. Yet the way he was hyped by the NBA, media and his endorsers last year you’d think he took the team to the Finals.

      Read any quality, well researched book on the Lakers and this kinda of stuff is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • progress2011 - Aug 19, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      boogy…what an uninformed, unread, clueless fan, that just emerged from under a rock!

      Dude, you claim, kobe’s teammates never say this stuff…..ALMOST ALL OF HIS TEAMMATES HAVE SAID HE WAS A SELFISH BALLHOG !!!
      1. Shaq
      2. Karl Malone
      3. Robert Horry
      4. Derrick Fisher
      5. Rick Fox
      6. Gary Payton
      7. Bynum

      That names a few ! I’m sure you can Youtube or Google each of their comments.

      Let’s not forget Phil Jackson detailed the issues in his book. Basically said the guy was un-coachable. He only went back to the team because the owners daughter became his buddy….ahahahaa

      Nash will not be able to run that offense…neither can play D anymore against elite guards. This is going to be comical ….I promise to enjoy every moment of them getting SPANKED !!!

      No go play in the dirt and leave FACTUAL dialogue to the grown folk in the room !

  4. zblott - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    If anyone honestly believes Kobe is a leader and/or unifier for the Lakers, they obviously never saw “Kobe Doin’ Work” or read Phil Jackson’s “The Last Season.” Doesn’t mean he’s not a great player, but fans are simply making up something they assume is true that the facts really don’t exist if they think he’s a good leader.

  5. paulhargis53 - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Kobe NEVER throws his team mates under the bus…..

    Take off your purple and gold goggles for once!

    As long as he gets a majority of the shots, all Will be well, if not , look out.
    “I’m not hanging around to score no 18ppg man” -KBB.

  6. icu84bs - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Nash makes other players ‘better’
    Playing ‘better’ leads to more wins
    Kobe is all about winning
    Kobe & Nash, no problemo…

  7. thomaskouns - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    The definition of a leader is someone who makes his teammates better through encouragement, play, leadership and support.

    If you’ve read any quality books on the Lakers or followed the team closely in the media you know Kobe has rarely ever been a leader with the exception of his individual play despite the media’s, NBA’s and his endorsers attempts to craft his public image as a leader.

    • obijuan13 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      /ˈli·dər/ n [C] (PERSON IN CONTROL)Definition
      › a person who manages or controls other people, esp. because of his or her ability or position

  8. therealhtj - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    “Antoine Walker is thinking about his life after basketball.”

    Shouldn’t that thought process have started about 3-4 years ago?

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