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Old 01-24-2006, 11:08 PM   #38
El Jefe
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^Did Jordan have that ability, to make his teammates better, in his first few seasons as the torch bearer? Not really...no. It took a good team around him, with the likes of a Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, etc. to develop that skill.

This is only Kobe's second year as the clear, visible leader of his team. I think people are jumping the gun when they're saying he can't make his teammates better. The thing is, he's doing what he can to make them better...but they simply aren't holding their own end. You can't really blame Kobe for not elevating his teammates' overall impact on the game when they simply can't do it.
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