How Much More Losing Is Kobe Bryant Going To Be Able To Take?
Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers lost. Again. And much like their nine other losses this season, the Lakers really didn’t have much of a chance against the Golden State Warriors. They got down big early and were forced to try to mount a comeback that, unfortunately for them, never happened. So after the game ended, Kobe Bryant—who took 34 shots during the game—was understandably upset. And he let reporters know that he’s not happy about being forced to shoot so much during games this season.
“I’m more than willing to sit back,” he said. “If you think I want to shoot this many times and be as aggressive at 36 years old, you’re freaking crazy.”
He also said that he feels as though he has no choice but to shoot as much as he’s shooting right now, especially during blowout losses.
“Obviously I’d rather get guys involved early, but if a purse gets stolen in front of you, how many blocks are you going to let the guy run?” he asked. “I’d always rather get guys involved and play. That’s always the intent at the start of the ball game. But [when] you’re 10, 12 points in the hole, I’ve got to try to keep us in the ball game at some point…It’s tough.”
“It’s tough” is right. The Lakers are routinely getting off to slow starts this season and, as a result, Kobe has been forced to shoulder the shooting load. And that really shouldn’t be his role right now. Kobe is the only real offensive weapon that the Lakers have, so he should be distributing the ball and getting his teammates involved. Unfortunately, though, that’s been difficult so far this season, and Kobe has been forced to shoot a lot to try and make up for the Lakers’ lack of talent.
How much more of this losing is Kobe going to be able to take? At the start of the season, it seemed like the Lakers’ lack of talent was going to be an interesting challenge for Kobe. But by now, we’ve seen that it’s going to be damn-near impossible for Kobe to overcome that challenge and lead the Lakers to a successful season. So we wouldn’t be surprised at all if his attitude towards the game—and the Lakers—changes in the coming weeks. And while we’d hate to see him end his career elsewhere, we’d also hate to have our final memories of Kobe revolve around him taking 35 shots per game during big losses.
How much more losing do you think Kobe is going to be able to take this season?