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Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:09 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Earlier this week, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant was sticking to his guns when it comes to his shot volume. One of the NBA's all-time most prolific shooters, Bryant told reporters then that his wrist injury, the rise of center Andrew Bynum and a new Lakers offense won't slow down his shooting whatsoever. 

Nevertheless, questions have continued to swirl about what is the right number of shots for Bryant to take. Once again, he is leading the NBA with 22.5 per game through eight games. Next on the list: Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis with 20.8. 

Prior to a nationally-televised Thursday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant pointed to his past to explain why he should keep hucking, calling out his critics in the process. 
"Look, I've played 15 years. I've won world championships. I've done all these things. And people still want to talk about this stupid-a** [stuff]? I'm a scorer first ... I'll try to make the good play, the good pass, kick it out when my teammates are open, but I'm a scorer first. I may shoot 27 times. I may shoot 20 times. Nobody complains when I shoot 10 times. You don't hear ME complaining when I shoot 10 times. It just depends on the game, you know?"

Yes, but Kobe, according to ESPN research, you have the highest "usage rate" -- that's the number of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes -- in the NBA. In fact, your usage rate (38.9) would be the highest in the 3-point era of NBA--

--"Yeah," he says. "And I also have five rings."
Despite some dogged defending from the Blazers, Bryant scored 30 points on 13-for-24 shooting. It marked the second straight night he went over 30 points in scoring and it was just the second time this season he hit more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts. 

After the game, Bryant shifted from defending himself to attack mode on his shot selection critics.

"Get over it," a clearly annoyed Bryant told reporters after a loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland. "Get over it. I shoot the ball that's what I do. I'm a shooting guard. Some nights I have 24 shots some nights I have 29 shots. Get over it."

Bryant is shooting 43.3 percent on the season, his lowest mark since 2004-2005. has video of Bryant's exasperated statement.


Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:58 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Three year window of greatness was about the only thing you said that was even close to true.... How does Bynum inexplicably end up with single digit scoring as often as he does? He is woefully inconsistent. Bynum's upside is phenomenal but he is not even close to Shaq in Shaq's worst year with The Lakers. By the way, their offense typically does go inside out and Kobe is averaging a career high in assists so far.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:58 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

 LOL I gotta respect him for his response! Its not that Kobe shoots too much.  Like he said thats his job and he does it well. Kobes problem is shot selection and trust.  There is a big difference.  When the game is on the line or the Lakers are behind, Kobe feels that he is the only person that can get it done.  Good or bad thats just how it is.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:28 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Good luck to the fool below if you take the ball out of Kobe's hands for Bynum. Smarten up. Bynum is not the Shaq of LA fame and your fortunes rest, as they have for the last 15 years, with Kobe Bryant. Such an arrogant fan post that even as a Celtics fan I was compelled to refute your idiocy. You don't deserve that team or its history.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:33 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

I"m a Lakers fan

And when Shaq was the old dog and Kobe was the young guy, it was time for the old guy to defer, but Shaq didn't want to, plus there was a feud between them and Shaq had to go.

Now the roles are reversed. Bynum has shown that the offense needs to go through him. And now Kobe is the old dog. There comes a
time of transition. And as well would have guessed, Kobe is resisting the fact that the ball needs to go inside first, and then kicked to
the outside if it isn't happening on the inside.

This is the Lakers tradition. The Lakers heritage is of the Center (if he's capable) touches the ball first in the offense. Kobe is walking around with multiple injuries, shooting an all time low in field goal percentage, but still doesn't want to realize that he's not the Kobe of
5 years ago.

Selfishness was cool when he was the guy with limitless upside, but there is no place for that type of Selfishness now. Especially when we have two young point guards on the bench that now have a ton of upside that needs to be developed.

Mike Brown is a lapdog of a coach. And he doesn't have the testicular fortitude to tell Kobe his place in the offense. And that is why I was against his hire from the start. He couldn't control Labron. How could he tell an even more dominate personality like Kobe what to

Kobe should defer to a roll of a real shooting guard. Because real shooting guards do not ball hog as much as he does. There are guys on this team who can make his job a lot easier if he just allows it. But again, he is the same selfish guy he's always been. And I predict that for this team to go where it needs to go, Kobe may need to be jettisoned for that to happen. 

Kobe is the old guy now with a three year window. Max. He doesn't have the same leverage anymore. 

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:14 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

What is he supposed to do? Pass, Pass, dribble, pass, oh $hit, 5 seconds left on the shot clock. Find Kobe. He shoots since no one else creates their own shots. Some can be called questionable, but I would rather him take tough shots than a wide open Artest(I refuse to call him the other name). 5 rings is all that matters.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:49 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Watched the game again last night to see if people were still on this Kobe Shoots Too Much Kick.  He may of taken a couple shots he shouldn't of but it's hard to tell because the shot clock is winding down.  He scores 39 with 7 assists and a couple people still criticize him?  That's some funnaaaaaay sh.i.t!!! As far as the fg%, didn't Rose win the MVP last year shooting 44%?  Being middle of the road for/against the Lakers/Kobe I can definitely say that Kobe Bryant is one bada.s.s motherfu.c.ker out there.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:10 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

"Get over it " LOL Classic Kobe "doing it my way". Every year the same thing.....ball hog...blah blah blah. Just keep winning Kobester. If you don't have critics. you're not doing your job. 43%...who gives a rats trap about it. JUST WIN THE GAME! Oh yeah and get over it! Money mouth 

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:58 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Crunchtime:  Did you see the Celtics scored 9 points in the second quarter last night against the Pacers.....hahaha....Pierce was 3-17?  Nice effort.  I bet you wish Kobe was in green and white last night.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:25 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

so basically what your saying is the lakers wont win but still be better than the knicks

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:52 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Lakers aren't winning another title, they are old at every position except Center.
Even at Center Bynum is an injury waiting to happen.
They couldn't win a game in the 2nd round with Odom last yr. what makes you think an older Laker team this year will do better.

Another ring they have no cap room, so far they've failed to land Chris Paul and Howard.  They have nothing to trade except a trade exception to try and bring over a vet.  They won't make the Finals this year and every year after they'll be out in the 2nd round.

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