It’s not often that Kobe Bryant gets hit with blame by multiple members of his team after a loss but after the L.A. Lakers lost to the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards on consecutive nights in which Kobe shot horribly, that’s what happened.
Both head coach Mike Brown and Pau Gasol had something to say about Kobe. One used his name, one called him out indirectly.
Here’s what coach Brown said:
“He took some difficult shots that allowed those guys to come up with long rebounds and push the ball down the floor and get some easy baskets,” Brown told reporters. “He was one of those guys that I did not think took great shots in the second half.” -Source
Here’s what Pau had to say:
“(There is) lack of concentration, overconfidence and a certain level of selfishness, in general. I’m not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players.” -Source
This is coach Brown’s way of asking Kobe to stop shooting so much and Pau’s subtle way of asking Kobe to pass him and his teammates the damn ball.
Everything’s great when Kobe making shots and L.A. is winning but when they’re losing to bottom-feeding teams while Kobe’s having a flashback to 2006, change in needed.
Kobe needs to realize there’s more than one way to skin a cat and that assists are stats too.