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Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:40 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 6:43 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-power-balance

40-for-104.

That's what Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant is shooting through five games, a figure that includes a 6-for-28 performance during a Sunday night loss to the Denver Nuggets and a 6-for-18 performance in a Saturday win over Denver.

Bryant is battling a torn wrist ligament, but ESPNLA.com reports that he is adamant that he's getting his shots, no matter what.
"I do what I do. If guys are open, I kick it to them, if they're not, I shoot it," Bryant said. "I play my game."

"We always start inside-out," Bryant said, when asked about Bynum and Pau Gasol's effectiveness on offense. "If you mean (to ask me) if I'm going to shoot less, the answer is no. It starts with me. I do what I do and we play off of that. That's not going to change."
One of the more remarkable NBA stats: Bryant has attempted at least 20 shots a game in 10 of the last 11 seasons, including each of the last seven. He's led the NBA in field goal attempts in four of the last six years and is currently more than 2,000 attempts ahead of Kevin Garnett, who is second on the field goal attempts list for active players. By the end of the 2012-2013 season, barring a debilitating injury, Bryant will be No. 3 on the all-time attempts list, passing former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. 

The numbers agree: Bryant couldn't be more correct in saying that he does what he does. He will shoot the ball, whether he's on a championship team or a non-contender, whether he's surrounded by stars or role players, whether it's fall, winter, spring or summer. He is, without argument, an all-time great when it comes to attempting shots.

The emergence of Lakers center Andrew Bynum, which has been impressive, won't change that. New Lakers coach Mike Brown isn't about to request a new approach from Bryant. The wrist injury is unlikely to change his approach; the only way it will limit Bryant if it keeps him off the court completely. 

In an ideal world, one primed for offensive efficiency, Bryant would take either less shots or higher percentage shots. But that type of ideal world would also involve a time machine that brings back forward Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks, where he was traded in a hurried salary dump after he expressed discontent when he found himself in trade rumors. With Odom gone, the temptation for Bryant, 33, to go into gun-first, gun-often mode is simply too powerful. Given the available fourth scoring options -- Metta World Peace, Steve Blake -- it's tough to blame him.

Certainly, there's a threshold for shooting too much. Even though he's leading the league in attempts again, Bryant hasn't crossed the line. Here's the benchmark: as long as both Gasol and Bynum are hitting double-digits in attempts, and both have in every game they've played, Bryant gets as many shots as he wants, even if he's falling away, double-covered and dealing with a painful wrist injury that requires constant treatment.

If that prescription continues to produce performances like this weekend's, the change in strategy should come in how the injury is being managed -- i.e. force Bryant to take extended rest -- rather than how the offense is being executed or how the shots are being divvied up.
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Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:43 am
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

OK  Kobe of course you're not going to shoot less----but your teammates wish you would--I do not believe anything is even wrong with the wrist--Kobe  takes more shots than everybody else in the league,so it comes as no surprise when he is the team high scorer --but no tonight as expected 29 shots taken by Kobe---wow no wonder he scored 37---29 shots people.
I believe your unwillingness to share the ball should keep you  from ever being compared to the great Michael Jordan,or Magic Johnson these guys made all there players around them better.The truth is if more people would examine just how many shots he takes every game they would agree.---Yes  Kobe can score,but he also should be known as the top ball hogging player of all time.Kobe you keep chucking shots--i will advise Kobe to watch these players play team basketball ---- Lebron,Wade,Durant,C Paul,Deron Williams--------------------Dr. G.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:04 am
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

The numbers agree: Bryant couldn't be more correct in saying that he does what he does. He will shoot the ball, whether he's on a championship team or a non-contender, whether he's surrounded by stars or role players, whether it's fall, winter, spring or summer. He is, without argument, an all-time great when it comes to attempting shots.
An all time great in attempting shots seems like a backhanded compliment. Give Kobe his due. Other players would not be allowed by coaches to take this many shots at the current efficiency. It makes sense for Kobe to keep shooting. First, because he can get his own shot (and perhaps none of his teammates can do so) and second because he needs to adjust to shooting with a wrist injury until he can compensate for it.

The wrist injury sounds really bad until you look up the medical explanation. As I remember it is a lateral ligament intended to keep the last two hand bones from separating too much. That lateral need can better be compensated for than if it were longitudinal which would drastically affect his shot.

   


 



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

Bryant is my NBA idol but sometimes i have to say that he's just selfish. he's not the Bryant of yesterday....



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

Exactly Dr Doomsday. People who compare Bryant to Jordan never look at their field goal percentages. Jordan had 3 seasons where he shot over 53% as a guard! Bryant has never shot over 50% in a season for his career. Bryant is an all time great, 2nd best SG of all time, but he has always been a gunner.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

Bryant is not shooting much worse than usual, besides the 6-28 game he was shooting around 44% which is about his career avg. I think the question that should be asked is if he is getting good shots, not if he is shooting a high percentage.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: I'm not going to shoot less

Bryant is not shooting much worse than usual, besides the 6-28 game he was shooting around 44% which is about his career avg. I think the question that should be asked is if he is getting good shots, not if he is shooting a high percentage.


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