Perhaps the most glaring tell that Kobe isn't yet Kobe came with just under five minutes left in the game. He was fouled and heard the whistle, yet did not attempt to bring his hands through for his trademark move to draw a shooting foul.
If Kobe fails to make it to the playoffs with this current roster, it will forever taint his legacy. Would Michael Jordan ever fail to make the playoffs with a former MVP and three time Defensive Player of the Year on his team? Enough said.