Brian Cardinal takes Twitter shot at Kobe Bryant for not passing the ball

Like many other teams before them, the Lakers had a serious problem with Oklahoma City’s athleticism and speed. It’s nearly impossible to shut down both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook while dealing with the Thunder’s depth, and no one will be surprised if they are hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy in a couple of weeks. Following their Game 2 meltdown, the Lakers were never really in the series. Despite his 42 points in Game 5, there are many who believe Kobe Bryant’s poor shot selection played a big factor in the Lakers’ demise. Mavericks forward Brian Cardinal would seem to be one of those people.

Kobe was 18-for-31 shooting on Monday night and did not record a single assist. When Cardinal’s Twitter followers began attacking him by tweeting things at him like, “You have more fouls than points per game,” the Dallas role player wrote the following:

Nobody really expects Bynum to set his teammates up with scoring opportunities, do they? The same can’t be said for Kobe. We all know what Cardinal meant, and chances are he knows that and was just trying to add to the joke.

At the end of the day, the Lakers lost the series in five games and lost the clincher by 16. They were outmatched, and a few more assists from Bryant wouldn’t necessarily have carried them to victory. That being said, the fact that he didn’t have a single assist in Game 5 and averaged less than four assists per game throughout the series says a lot. There are times when Kobe needs to get his teammates more involved, but he’s not going to change after 15 seasons as one of the best players in the league. His inability to share the wealth is one of many things that cost the Lakers this postseason.

Thanks to LBS reader Noland Howard for the tip
Photo credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

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  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/ob1xssZ3jIGgiN_0x4LUvSyz9h653uCi#0536e Jerry

    Not sure what game you were watching, but Bynum only had 4 rebounds.  Gasol had 16 rebounds.  So no, Bynum did not have a double-double and that would make Cardinal’s statement accurate.

  • Anonymous

    Good call. I misread the box score. Thanks for the heads up. The point remains, though. Do you really think he was calling out the center for not having any assists when Kobe also had 0?

  • Gene

     Not sure how you could come to that conclusion.  Bynum had ten points and four rebounds.  If Cardinal were tweeting about Bynum, he would have said Bynum was six rebounds short of a double double.  There is no doubt that the assists comment was meant for Kobe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    I guess Bynum ended up being right about teams giving up in a close out game…

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I think he was recalling the Mavs series last year and speaking from experience.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/ob1xssZ3jIGgiN_0x4LUvSyz9h653uCi#0536e Jerry

    @tennisdude729:disqus  – Cardinal could have said “6 rebounds short of a double-double” or he could have said “10 assists short of a double-double” and either statement would be accurate for Bynum.
    Do I think Cardinal was initially referring to Kobe? That’s what I thought at first, however only Cardinal really knows that. I’m just saying that for the people who tried to call him out by saying he must have been referring to Kobe because the statement couldn’t be accurate for Bynum – that’s incorrect. The statement could be accurate for Bynum.

  • Gene

    Jerry – Pragmatically, an announcer picks the category which is closest to ten if he wants to make a positive statement.  However, if it were a negative statement, then you would be right, that it applies to Bynum as well as Kobe.  It seems to be a sarcastic statement which compares Kobe’s points with his lack of assists.  I have seen it used in the past by writers who feel Kobe is a ball hog. 

    That being said, you could technically be right about the statement, since we cannot read Cardinal’s mind.  Peace.