Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 9:25 am  |  47 responses

Kobe Bryant Will Not Be Shooting Any Less

Just because he connected on just six of 28 shot attempts in his last game doesn’t mean Kobe Bryant is going to adjust his mentality on offense (despite an absolutely killer wrist injury on his shooting hand.) And Lakers head coach Mike Brown says he’s fine with that, per ESPN: “I do what I do. If guys are open, I kick it to them, if they’re not, I shoot it,’ Bryant said. ‘I play my game.’ Bryant, playing with a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right (shooting) wrist that he suffered during the preseason, started off the season averaging 27.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting through the Lakers’ first four games but had difficulty with his accuracy over the weekend. He averaged just 16.5 points on 12-for-26 shooting (26.1 percent) in a back-to-back against the Nuggets that the Lakers split 1-1. Through the first four games of the season, when Andrew Bynum was sidelined with a suspension, Bryant averaged 20.3 shot attempts per game. In the two games since Bynum came back, Bryant’s shot attempts actually increased to an average of 23.0 per contest. Meanwhile, Bynum has averaged 23.5 points per game on only 15 attempts per game and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field. ‘We always start inside-out,’ Bryant said. ‘If you mean (to ask me) if I’m going to shoot less, the answer is no. It starts with me. I do what I do and we play off of that. That’s not going to change.’ [Mike] Brown backed up Bryant’s stance after their impromptu film session. Brown said he had watched cut-ups of a game tape with LeBron James when he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, but never watched a full game tape all the way through with his prized pupil. ‘When you look at (6-for-28 in the box score), you think ‘Oh my gosh, there’s got to be a ton of bad shots,’ Brown said. ‘But if you go back and watch the game you see some of the shots he took, there were a lot of shots he took — (I know) because I coached against him — he normally makes.’ Brown said that Bryant’s wrist, which still causes Bryant’s right hand to swell up significantly two weeks after he sustained the injury, could be hurting Bryant more than he is letting on. ‘He’s got to continue to figure out how to stay in rhythm or how to get in rhythm with that wrist. He might not say it, but try to hold a microphone with a torn ligament, let alone shoot it and make sure you get a follow through,’ Brown told a group of microphone-toting reporters. ‘That’s a bear. That’s a bear. When asked if he will tell Bryant to shoot less while he makes the adjustment to his wrist injury, Brown vehemently opposed the consideration.”

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  • mick

    what injury

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    jtaylor, the stage is yours

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Kobe ‘Pinkie’ Bryant is the NBA’s All-Time leader in making a big deal out of non-existing injuries. If you are really injuried sit, if you decide to play shut up about the small snags that you have. Almost every player in the NBA plays with these kind of minor issues during the season. Only one makes a huge deal out of playing with them.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ^^ bro have you ever heard Kobe EVER complaining about his injuries to the media, dude didn’t even want to speak on it. And no you’d certaintly be fooling yourself if you think half the league is running around with broken fingers and torn ligaments and no cartilage in their knees….smh

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Torn wrist ligament is a non-existing injury? OK..the article has Brown mentioning the injury, not Kobe…Anyway, 6-28 sucks no matter how injured you are!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Basically that was a terrible game. Hats all the way off to Aaron Afflalo aka the hardest working young player in the league. Kobe just couldn’t do nothing with him. Lakers offense has had some signs of continuity over the past few games, but @ Denver they looked plain terrible….Kobe ball stopping, bad shots being taken all around, but that said they still lost by like 8….things are looking up

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp



    Kobe is full of ISH regarding his wrist.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    cosign Allenp – Kobe’s right hand could fall off due to leprosy and he’s still think he should put up shots “I’ve always felt my left hand was strongest in the post.”
    Next we’re gonna hear Kobe likes light-skinned latina-looking women.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Only Kobe can stop Kobe.

  • JEr dawg

    Damn. What Could’ve been. If his wrist never got hurt he would have a greatER start of season. If his legs feel great and that arthritic finger is not an issue then he’s contending for scoring title and MVP again. I believe that, but I just hope he does better. That shooting performance was ugly.

  • robb

    Actually it’s more like : “I do what I do. If guys are open, I shoot it, if they’re not, I shoot it,’ but that’s Kobe, what can you do?

  • Zabbah

    Kobe will shoot with his dick if he has too. He’ll probably be 33% from the field, too.

  • DieselMechanic

    So what if my wrist is broken and I got a guy shooting 66 %, I’mma still crank up my usual amount of shots.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    @Zab, I thought he was 105 from the field?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Of course he will shoot a lot, that’s his game.. and it always has been.

  • Mburb321

    If your wrist hurts or your shots arent falling stop shooting the fu*king ball and feed drew. But seriously when have u ever heard him complaining to the media, usually its the reporters writing about how hard he makes their jobs by refusing to answer questions or by saying he’s fine. But the logic of shooting more when you get your 7 footer back is stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I thought they just took the comments we’ve been making since Mike Brown was named coach and put it as a headline. I didn’t think this was actually news.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Josh McRoberts fans are busy typing angry protest letters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    This isn’t news…

  • dahon

    he’s shooting a lot to surpass jordan in the scoring record.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    He’s shooting a lot because he’s Kobe Effing Bryant. And if people keep complaining, he’s going to have a game where he only takes eight shots to teach y’all a lesson. Don’t act like he won’t do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    AllenP is exactly right. Kobe’s my favorite player but unfortunately he is THAT selfish.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He has done it before.

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  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    Wondering, what is the all-time record of shot attempts of NBA?

  • https://plus.google.com/photos/106403650426394352312/albums/posts davidR

    whoa, it’s TADOne

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    its 63 i believe. From Wilt’s 100 point game.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What else is new.

  • http://slam.online house

    6-28 jesus, if thats not a sign to try and facilitate for others instead of getting your “points” I don’t know what is.

  • charliewinning

    He’s selfish, and Mike Brown isn’t a good coach.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LA Times just reveals that Kobe was ‘unaware’ of his 28,000 point milestone… how many believe that I wonder??

  • bmore baller

    does anyone here know of a good website to buy newish (2000 to 2012) packs of basketball cards?

  • T-Ray

    People who say Kobe is the one making a big deal about his injuries are off base. If anything it’s his slurpers who use it as an excuse when he plays poorly. I’m a huge Laker fan and Kobe fan but if he shoots poorly I’m not gonna blame it on his injuries.

  • Heals

    but is he going to make more than 25%? Pass the ball, no I know, just pass the ucking ball…

  • bike

    Kobe wants the record for shot attempts by a player with a torn lunotriquetral ligament. Should be no problem for a player with a history of playing through pain but he can’t wack off for a couple of months.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lol Wilt’s shot attempt numbers are ridiculous. But hey, his FG% was ridiculous too.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Now KOBE’S shot attempts are ridiculous in a not-so-awe-inspiring-but-actually-kind-of-selfish-and-annoying way.

  • Tom

    you know when Kobe was playing with Smush Parker and Luke Walton and he had nights like this it was understandable. But Bynum and Gasol were KILLING Denver in the post, especially Bynum. And at the end of the game, instead of going back to that, Kobe jacked up his usual contested jumper which led to a long rebound and easy transition points for the Nuggets.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Marcelus Wallace

    These are regular season games and the veteran that he is he knows that he needs to get in rythm. to hell with the p*s*ies on here who cry every time Kobe does something that doesn’t sit well with them. biatches should know the Mamba has done this to the tune of chips. Maybe your idols oughtta try it his way.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    I saw that game. He jacked a lot of bad shots.

  • ttc

    just for the record f*ck SLAM..never post any of my relevant points..f*ck u SLAM

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shoulda shot 30 fga ;)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ooh and for all the haters, “No excuses man.” Just watched a video on NBA . com where he says that when the reporters question him about the shooting and the injuries.

  • http://slam get up

    trade kobe and draft picks to philly
    send gasol and bynum to Orlando
    send d howard and andre igadolla to LA

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Cosign Jt at 1.17, this story comes up atleast once a season, dude jacks up a lot of shots, its nothing new.

  • http://www.wfp.org Felix

    Kobe Bryant will not be shooting any less… plus you won’t ever win the lottery, women will continue to spend most of their discretionary income on shoes, dogs and cats will refuse to make peace and that rash isn’t going away unless you get it treated by the doctor