The Lakers aren't dominating teams like they usually do. So, of course, Laker fans think there's something wrong with the team. And, guess what? There is! They're not as good as they have been in recent years. But, Laker fans aren't happy with that reason. So, they're looking for other reasons as to why the Lakers are struggling right now. And the most popular one seems to be that Kobe Bryant is simply shooting too much. So, recently, KB24 sat down with ESPN's Rick Reilly to talk about the criticism of his game this year. And you probably won't be surprised by what he had to say.
"Look," he said, "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-ass [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?"
Translation: He's not going to stop shooting anytime soon. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Kobe also revealed that if the Lakers had been successful in obtaining Chris Paul last month, that wouldn't have caused him to shoot less. In fact, he says he'd be shooting even more right now if CP3 was on the Lakers.
"Chris would've created shots for me," he said. "I wouldn't be shooting 29 times a game. I'd be shooting 40. Man, what would people be saying then?"
That you shoot too much. But, would you have really cared? Keep firing away.
[via Laker Nation]
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