The 0-5 Los Angeles Lakers might not win a game anytime soon, and even worse, Kobe Bryant’s right hand is in danger of perhaps falling off.
Bryant did everything he could to secure a victory, including throwing up 37 field goal attempts Tuesday night, in a 112-106 loss to the visiting Phoenix Suns.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott says that Kobe’s game-high 44 minutes won’t become the norm going forward.
Per the LA Times:
Bryant took 37 shots Tuesday and made only 14, a subpar 37.8%. It was his highest shot count since he lofted 41 against Golden State in December 2012. […] And he missed 23 shots overall. The rest of the Lakers’ starters combined to miss 20. Bryant had one assist in 44 minutes.
“I was just being aggressive, playing with a lot of energy tonight,” a subdued Bryant said after the game. “It’s easy to look at it and say, ’37 shots,’ but you don’t see how hard I was working to get easy opportunities. When you play with a lot of energy and you’re winless, you’ll get a lot of opportunities.”
Bryant played the entire second half and blew through the unofficial 40-minute ceiling Scott had in place for him. The Lakers were playing their fifth game in seven nights but wouldn’t play again until Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets. […] “If you look at the next three games, he’s not going to be playing 44 minutes. I’ll taper back his minutes,” Scott said. “As far as him carrying the load, he’s going to do whatever he thinks he has to do to win the game.”