Nellie praises Kobe

Golden State coach Don Nelson had some nice things to say about Kobe Bryant after the Lakers routed the Warriors, 130-113, on Sunday night. Bryant scored 31 points, making 9 of 15 shots and 10 of 10 free throws. He didn’t play for even a second in the fourth quarter.

“Kobe now has a grasp on the game like no other and he controls it when he wants to,” Nelson said of the league’s reigning MVP. “He makes his players alongside of him succeed and he’s a real leader out there. I mean he has the whole package going for him. He’s not just the best player in the league, but probably the best leader, the way he leads these guys and directs them and lets them succeed. He could get 50 (points) any time he wanted, I am sure.”