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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Matty McRants: Don't Blame Kobe

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Matty McRants Weekly Take:
Why Kobe's ACL Tear Is Not His Fault

A weekly forum for our own "Angry Irishman" to blow off some steam and go on one of his classic sports rants. Sometimes funny, sometimes crazy, sometimes all over the place but always opinionated.
Lets take a look at what is grinding his gears this week...

The basketball world came to a standstill after seeing Kobe Bryant go down against the Golden State Warriors Saturday night. Bryant was doing everything he could to get the Lakers past the Jazz and in to the 8 seed in the Western Conference, including playing over 40 minutes in his past eight games. Kobe had to play on another level to try to get the Lakers to the playoffs. As the best player on your team, you want to do everything you can to make it to the playoffs. There was only one person on the court who could have stopped Kobe's injury from happning: his head coach.

Mike D'Antoni is to blame. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak came to the defense of his head coach on Saturday, but I think it's safe to assume that he had to do that. Kobe himself said all the minutes he was playing were necessary. But it was not necessary for his coach to not do anything about it. Though Bryant is the Lakers best player, I'm sure that D'Antoni could find some time to spell him, he does have Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard on the roster after all.

So whose fault is it? The superstar who was willing his team to win? Or the coach who didn't think that a 17 year veteran playing 40+ minutes a game wasn't a problem?


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