The Lakers are officially becoming the laughing stock of the NBA.
Not that they shouldn’t be respected for the championships that have been won over the last decade, but the fact is that a series of moves have left them with one of the most eclectic group of personalities on one team we have seen in a while. I almost would rather have cameras follow them around for a Basketball Wives show then actually watch them play.
Kobe Bryant was recently asked if he shoots the ball too much in the new Mike D’Antoni offense (Bean leads the league in scoring) and he responded like only he can:
“I like shooting,” Bryant said. “I don’t care how it comes. I like putting them up. It doesn’t matter how it comes. I’m being honest.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m a ball hog. I’m a shooter,” Bryant said, continuing with his 20-minute postgame media session when he described his love for scoring points the way a millionaire describes every one of the dollars he has made. “I don’t necessarily hog the ball, but I put them up though.”
“I definitely much rather shoot it than pass it. That’s just how I am.”
“I’m a scorer, man. You don’t get 30,000 points without knowing how to put yourself in positions to shoot it. The ball just finds scorers and I can always, no matter what system you’re in, you can always find a way. Getting up 30 shots ain’t easy. A lot of people don’t know how to do that.”
“That’s what I do. It’s like superheroes. Superman can fly. Spider-Man has webs. Steve [Nash] can pass. I shoot. … I get ‘em up! I make no bones about it. That’s what I do. That’s what I do. Some nights they fall, some nights they don’t. But, [Dennis] Rodman was a rebounder, Coop [Michael Cooper] was a defender, I’m a shooter.” With that, he added a laugh.
I don’t think the Lakers are going to win a chip if Kobe averages 32 PPG. But hey… that’s just me.