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It seems that Kobe Bryant and I agree on this.
First, let me qualify that I am not about to defend him. Rather, I’m about to make an outlandishly obvious statement.
He can’t handle it.
In fact, he can hardly handle anything right now. His psyche is hanging by a thread.
His numbers are horrendous. According to Tim MacMahon of ESNPDallas.com, he just posted the 95th 1-1-1 (1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist) line since the 1985-86 season.
He’s showing the same level of interest in playing at a high level as the level of interest I have in playing with toys I received on Christmas day when I was five.
His body language is below pathetic. As Jean Jacques Taylor tweeted to me today, “he’s worthy [of] being booed”
That may be the case, but nonetheless, don’t boo him.
Because there’s still a chance he can recover.
Rick Carlisle hasn’t given up on him, as evidenced by Odom continuing to get 20+ minutes of playing time. Carlisle’s statements to the media have been nothing but supportive and positive towards Lamar.
Secondly, I’m not ready to believe the rest of the team has given up on him either. These guys know what Lamar is capable of when he’s on his game, and I think they’re dying to see him break out of this mental/physical depression he is stuck in. If they haven’t given up on him, I won’t either.
And finally, I think it’s completely classless to boo your own players, regardless of how poorly they’re playing. If you don’t want to see him struggle, turn off the TV. Don’t buy tickets. Go be a Lakers fan.