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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gary Payton and Chris Webber Explain Why Kobe Bryant is so Difficult to Guard

Prior to NBA TV's broadcast of Charlotte's 117-110 double overtime win over the Lakers, Gary Payton and Chris Webber went on to the studio's demo court to explain why it is so difficult to guard Kobe Bryant.

1) Payton said that Bryant can drive to the hoop from anywhere and that when he gets into the paint he finishes with authority, often dunking over players.

2) Bryant complements his driving game with his ability to consistently make jump shots if his defender backs off of him to discourage him from driving; Payton noted that this is a very important factor that elevated Bryant's game and Webber added that he has only seen one other player--Michael Jordan--do a move that Bryant has mastered: consistently making the jumper off of a two dribble move. Webber said that Bryant can back a defender up with a hard dribble or two and then stop on a dime and rise up to shoot, a move that is very, very difficult to do and even more difficult to stop.

3) Payton said that Bryant is able to shoot the fadeaway jumper over either shoulder after backing down his defender in the post.

Webber concluded the segment by saying that Coach Phil Jackson helps out Bryant by placing the other four players in ideal positions relative to their skill sets, so that when Bryant gets the ball he has room to operate and passing options if he is trapped.

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posted by David Friedman @ 2:28 PM



At Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:49:00 AM, Blogger madnice said...

They didnt have anything else better to talk about. I didnt need them to show me how difficult it is to guard Bryant.

At Thursday, January 29, 2009 2:52:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


I still think that it is useful to explain exactly what Kobe does as opposed to simply speaking about him in generalities or vague superlatives, because I am not running a fan site or a Lakers site: I'm running a basketball analysis site.

At Friday, January 30, 2009 10:09:00 AM, Blogger madnice said...

thats fine. and i know what kind of site this is, david. it was interesting im just stating that i didnt need it.

At Friday, January 30, 2009 3:21:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...


No problem.


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