Since coming back from a three-game absence with body soreness, Kobe Bryant has looked like a completely different player. In that span, Bryant has averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. So far, Kobe has listened to teammate Nick Young, who advised him to "take a backseat a little bit," chucking up only 11.6 shots per game. But, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott would actually like to see Bryant bring up that number of attempts a little bit.
"It's been interesting," Scott said after practice Saturday. "He's really trying to keep his [shot attempt] numbers down to the 14, 15, 16 area, and I want him up in the 18, 19 area, but I can't argue with the results. He's getting everyone involved. He's rebounding the ball and had 8, 9, 11 assists in the last couple of games. I can't argue with the results and he's still being aggressive as far as looking for his shots but he's still being aggressive as far as looking for his teammates. I would like his shots to be up more up, but I can't argue with the way he's playing."
Even though Bryant has been working to get everyone involved, this new playing style hasn't translated into wins for the Lakers, who are 1-2 when playing alongside the new Black Mamba. Let's see what Kobe we get when L.A. takes on the Indiana Pacers at the Staples Center on Sunday night.
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