This article creatively formulates a title that seems to praise Kobe Bryant but actually really just disses him off. Seriously guys, when will you stop leaving the man alone.
For the record, when a man is on the way for a dunk, you don’t think of passing instead. It’s like forcing an airliner to stop when its wheels are about to leave the ground.
The article points to three plays that Kobe should’ve passed. I looked at them, guess what, I don’t agree.
Play by play:
In the third highlight, 20 seconds in, we see Bryant beat his man on the perimeter. Tim Duncan shuffles over to help, leaving Shaquille O’Neal wide open under the hoop.
Tim Duncan was on his way to help only when Kobe was on his way up. Also, Tim Duncan is not exactly small. What are the probabilities of Duncan deterring a pass against blocking a dunk? For all you know he was faking the help. Don’t underestimate the push of Malik Rose(?) That could’ve been a foul and passing the ball could have caused a no-continuation. Also, that push may have helped Kobe gain momentum to soar for a dunk. But more than anything, no point of stopping an airliner about to take off.
About a minute into the video, Bryant is approaching the hoop and Steve Nash runs over in an attempt to take the charge. Yes, Bryant can jump over a man that size. But Kwame Brown could not be more alone under the hoop.
Two words – Kwame Brown. Can you guarantee Kwame can catch a pass from that play? And what, you have Steve Nash in front of you? But guess what, in this case, the airliner is also about to take off. Man.
Near the end of the video, just before the two-minute mark (in a Wizards game against the Wizards in Las Vegas!) Bryant draws three defenders, creating two open teammates … neither of whom he seems to notice.
First of all, you don’t throw a sick crossover like that just to throw a pass. Unless of course, the man guarding you is Scottie Pippen playing for the Blazers, and the man you are passing to is Shaq, who is planning on alleyoop-dunking it. Pass to where? In the wings? Those two men are not even inside the painted area. And the clock shows about 3.8 seconds left. You don’t pass the ball with little time left. But more than anything, no point of stopping an airliner about to take off.
I wonder who wrote that article. Chris Childs, was it you?