The Lakers are just 1-2 over their last three games, but Kobe Bryant has returned to play some great basketball. He’s averaging 16 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 8.7 apg over his last three games. And yet Lakers head coach Byron Scott still wants Kobe to shoot even more. Word? From ESPN:
Byron Scott is happy Kobe Bryant has been averaging close to a triple-double in the three games he has played since returning from a three-game rest last week, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach is hoping his star player will shoot more moving forward.
“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.”
Before taking a week off to rest his body, Bryant was averaging over 22 shots per game and was 8 of 30 from the field in Sacramento. In his three games back, Bryant has cut his shot total in half and is now attempting 11.6 shots per game.