DALLAS -– How to defend Kobe Bryant is always one of the major challenges facing the Dallas Mavericks whenever they play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant leads the NBA in scoring at 27.5 points per game, and also averages 5.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He has a bright green light to do what he wants on the court, which makes it even more difficult to guard him.
“We’ve got to have a lot of guys ready,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “I can see three or four different guys guarding him before the night’s over.’’
Shawn Marion, Dahntay Jones, Jae Crowder and Vince Carter will all likely get their turn trying to slow down Bryant.
“The situations that he’s in now are a little different because of the new coach (Mike D’Antoni),’’ Carlisle said. “He seems to be in more pick-and-rolls.
“He’s going to be in a lot of (isolations) and he’s going to be in the post some. So we’re going to have to deal with him in a lot of different situations.’’
-- Dwain Price
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