Charley Rosen Weighs In On Kobe Bryant Versus Dwyane WadeI already offered my take on the Christmas Day showdown between the Lakers and Heat--better known as Kobe versus D. Wade. Charley Rosen, ex-CBA coach and author of several books about basketball, methodically analyzed the game at FoxSports.com, concluding that Dwyane Wade won this particular battle but that overall he still ranks Kobe Bryant as the better player. Rosen agrees with my main contention about this game: the Lakers' poor screen roll defense was the single biggest factor in Miami's win. He also concurs with me that Bryant deserves credit for guarding Wade, who generally was matched up with Luke Walton, giving Wade plenty of opportunities to roam into the passing lanes. As Rosen put it, "Kobe and Jackson do deserve props, however, for having Bryant try to defend Wade. Although the expenditure of energy here definitely depleted Kobe's chops on the other end of the court, accepting this daunting challenge was a tribute to the competitive nature of both Bryant and his coach."
Looking beyond this one skirmish, Rosen gives Bryant the edge in jump shooting, creativity close to the basket, better straight-up defense and size, which enables him to be more versatile; Rosen prefers Wade's strength, energy and passing (but only "slightly") and declares the two superstars to be equal in terms of off-the-ball defense and clutch play.
The complete article can be found here.
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