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Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 3:30 pm  |  86 responses

Kobe Bryant Would Shoot Even More if Chris Paul Was His Teammate


Kobe Bryant’s shooting has been the main topic of discussion for the Lakers this season — just like, um, every season — and in a hilarious interview with ESPN, he boasts that he’d take even more shots if he had a Hall of Fame distributor like Chris Paul on his squad: “Driving the lane but stuck with no room to shoot, he tossed the ball off the bottom of the backboard, caught it and laid it in. Who says Kobe doesn’t pass the ball? ‘I should get an assist for that,’ Bryant said. ‘It’s an intentional pass to oneself, so it’s an assist. That way people can’t say all I do is shoot.’ [...] ‘Look, 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-a** [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?’ Yes, but Kobe, with your right wrist swollen like a miniature Macy’s float, wouldn’t this be a good time to pass on a few. ‘I’ve shortened up my follow through,’ he says. Yes, but Kobe, according to ESPN research, you have the highest ‘usage rate’ — that’s the number of possessions a player uses per 40 minutes — in the NBA. In fact, your usage rate (38.9) would be the highest in the 3-point era of NBA. ‘Yeah,’ he says. ‘And I also have five rings.’ Yes, but Kobe, stats show that the Lakers are 29-4 when rising star center Andrew Bynum scores 20 points. Shouldn’t it be a high priority for you to. ‘That’s great. How many of those shots come from me kicking it to him for good looks when I’m being doubled?’ [...] Besides his coming divorce, which he doesn’t talk about, nothing is going to change Kobe Bryant. Whether Phil Jackson is his coach or new Lakers coach Mike Brown. (‘Right now, Kobe Bryant allows me to coach him,’ Brown said the other day, and not kiddingly.) Whether Chris Paul is his teammate or Paul is playing across the hall for the Clippers. ‘Not true,’ says Kobe. ‘Chris would’ve created shots for me. I wouldn’t be shooting 29 times a game. I’d be shooting 40. Man, what would people be saying THEN?’”

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  • T-Money

    wow, couldn’t be more clear: IDGAF.

  • Heals

    The only thing Kobe does more than shoot is talk about himself (usually about him shooting ironically)…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What a “great” teammate.

  • tomtom

    Fuel for the kobehate fire…yawn. 16 years and people still can’t help themselves smh, ring 6 coming up ppl stay tuned!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Dude sounds just like his fans. Oh..kobe, why didn’t you box out on that play? I have 5 rings. Oh..kobe, why weren’t you in practice today? I have 5 rings. Oh..kobe, what happened to the lasagna I left in the fridge? I have 5 rings.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am done winning championships. I am not done shooting contested jumpers.

  • robb

    lol this is getting funnier and funnier, although I’m sure I won’t find it funny when the Lakers lose in the playoffs because of Kobe’s stubbornness to shoot the ball no matter what. Yes he’s a scorer, but he also is a high I.Q. basketball player who plays with other 4 individuals, it would be nice if his adjustments contemplated more than where and how does he shoot the ball while he’s injured. “It’s all about being able to adapt” Sounds familiar Kobe? you’re 6th depends on it.

  • Jer dawg

    I hope they win this year unexpectedly so he can be even more hilariously vile to the media.

  • kobe4ever8

    I need to watch this interview. Being a big kobe fan ever since, I must admit that it’s hard to watch him play sometimes. not playing defense, complaining too much, and of course shooting too much.

  • kobe4ever8

    I hope they win championship, but if this keeps up, I dont see them getting past the other teams in the west. I think the team should work on simple basketball like kobe swinging the ball and possibly getting the ball back in a better position to school. Rather than kobe demanding the ball, dribble, back down defender, fake, fake,pivot, fake, fake, pivot, fade away.. complain. SMH

  • Michelle

    If he would take 10-15 shots a game and the Lakers would lose people would complain that Kobe doesnt step up and win games for them. But when he shoots a lot they complain too.

  • AD

    it makes sense tho cp3 would set him up for open shots … added on to the number of contested shots he takes

  • MUBWAR

    well besides my wife and daughter, I’m my own personal fan too so I cant hate on what he said. hope ur divorce is easy on you Kobe cause I don’t know what I will do without my family.

  • Riggs

    @tomtom: youre gonna stay tuned for years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    This article is so anti-Kobe it stings, SLAM get your writers straight, this is supposed to be reporting not bashing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    this is from ESPN. Slam didn’t really do anything but post it on their website. But whatever makes the world look like it’s against Kobe to Kobe fans, I guess.

  • Name

    Dude has too much pride. Unfortunately he’s also too stupid and short-sighted to see his flaws.

  • Everynowhere

    lol @jtaylor21. hey man i would be saying the same thing if i knew i wasn’t gonna get another one. I heard kobe gets wrist injections before games to numb the pain. He’s a warrior no doubt, but i don’t see how shooting 25+ shots a game can relieve the pain.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    I like kobe4ever8 ‘s breakdown. However, he forgot where kobe yells and pretends to get fouled on every shot.

  • OTB

    Look, this happens every year. He’s shooting too much this year, but he will tone it down; he usually does. Bryant is stubborn, but he also will do what it takes for his team to win. I’m sure as the season goes on, he will adjust more to a “team” concept – Kobe often takes the duration of the season to settle in. Also keep in mind that this is a new coach, and perhaps he feels he has to “prove” he is the alpha dog on a team where Brown wants the ball working through his bigs (with Bynum being better than Gasol now) first. It’ll be fine.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Haha, I love this cat. My favorite player ever. Just love the confidence and the fire. Keep it going Kob’s.

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

    Has anybody else noticed how often Kobe uses profanity in interviews these days?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He is basically a pirate when he’s single.

  • OTB

    @AllenP – Yeah, seriously. I actually noticed it when I was reading Chris Ballard’s “Art of a Beautiful Game” – the man will swear for no reason. He swears a lot more often now, and didn’t really do it that much till his MVP season actually. It’s kind of odd, but I guess its his way of standing out.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Why would we ever give a f*ck about a dude cussing…. It’s just part of that fire that he has. He’s kinda a angry dude. Not Garnett angry, but similar. Is cussing even a negative thing?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    who f*ckin knows

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    I hate that Kobe swears , F*ck him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    And people still have the nerve to compare this fool to Mj, man get the hell out of here.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    so Lebron gets heat for not shooting enough and kobe gets killed for shooting to much…just goes to show u haters gona hate

  • kobesBESTfriend

    and btw kobe would keep shooting no matter his teammate…ask shaq

  • bike

    Brown screwed up right off the bat telling everyone that he wanted his offense to go through the big guys. If he had announced to the world he wanted Kobe to be the offensive centerpiece, Kobe would be averaging about 4 shots a game.
    Kobe is and always has been the biggest prima donna in the league.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    newsflash, Kobe’s “best friend” knows things nobody else has ever figured out. Wait a second….. you aren’t Kobe’s best friend are you?

  • charliewinning

    He needs to stop cursing so f*ckin much. And stop shooting like a godd*mn fool.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    bike, Biggest prima donna? Probably. 4 shots a game? No way in freezing hell.

  • Mariano

    I hate how he acts street when he was raised with the finer things in life… If he wasn’t an NBA player this kind of dude would get killed in the hood

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m not a huge fan of random profanity. And most players tend to avoid it during interviews. Kobe just sprinkles it in all the time and it almost seems calculated.
    But that’s my thing.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    g*dd*mn it kobe stop cursing so f*ckin much!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    profanity is not acting street. the way Kobe uses profanity (imo) is just habitual. I cuss a ton, not because I’m doing it on purpose, but because it’s a sh*tty habit I got into when I was a kid.

  • Ldub20

    do people think that becuz bynum and gasol can score that kobe should pass more? so Jordan shoulda passed more? Wade shoulda passed more? Dirk shoulda passed more? Duncan shoulda passed more? Get outta here with that. there is a reason kobe is gaining on the all time leaders in scoring and he wont if he doesnt shoot. lakers are doing alright this season…started off rocky, but they are getting better. Some shots are forced yes, but there are plenty that are good shots. His teammates will still get theres. Bynum will get his, Gasol will get his. Lakers will be fine with Kobe shooting 20+ shots a game. Who is gonna stop him? Coach? Team? other players? NEGATIVE!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Phil Jackson always pushed MJ to pass more. Same with Kobe.

  • charliewinning

    It does seem a bit ‘put on’ when Kobe curses. I think he does it to not seem soft, but not necessarily to appear street. It’s like a defense mechansim for when people try to somehow uses his background against him, as ignorant as that sounds.

  • Ldub20

    ^theirs*

  • charliewinning

    The fact that your teammates can score means you shouldn’t be taking a ton of bad, forced shots. The Lakers’ other scorers are closer to the basket than Kobe. He definitely should be passing more. How is that even a debate?

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    killer interview man

  • Showmeyourwits

    Meanwhile Kobe averages 6 dimes, good for 18th overall and 3rd among SGs. This is a ridiculous storyline, and the Lakers are in better shape than many thought. If they picked up Aaron Brooks or another speedy PG somehow, they’re back in championship contention.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That’s because he’s on pace to set the highest usage percentage ever in the 3pt era.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Which is absurd he can’t physically keep That pace up. He is already taking numbing shots in his wrist before each game an he isn’t getting any rest.

  • golakeshow

    When you are the greatest to ever touch a basketball in the NBA, you can take as many shots as you want. The man got 37 points Tuesday night. Let him shoot, he’s the best in the world right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    Ah ok just went to ESPN, my bad SLAM… but dang what a way to paint a player that’s already perceived in a negative light

  • charliewinning

    The greatest to ever touch a basketball? Lmao. And no, he’s not the greatest on Earth either. Hilarious suggestion.

  • 15Rangz&Counting!!!

    If he shoots too much there’s a problem If he doesn’t shoot more than 10 shots when his team is down 20 in the fourth he’s being selfish? Can’t satisfy the world so why not satisfy that 5 rang ego? AI did the same thing but it was cool and he doesn’t have a ring to show for it? Jordan shot more than Kobe and has one more ring! I think THE MAMBA should start launching canon balls is you ask me!

  • ClydeSays

    It’s funny to hear Kobe say those things, but it’s not anything new. Win or lose, he’s always been that player. Brown though, can’t seem to get out of his own way…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    Bean has been using a lot more profanity in recent years, and it does seem contrived, like most things bean does.

  • Kadavour

    You guys gotta be kidding me with this profanity nonsense.

  • Mburb321

    Hmmm lets think about it, hes closing in on the end of his career. Hes the king of his little domain, very little can touch him except for an occasional fine from stern. Unlikely anymore endorsements are coming his way since hes probably done in 3 years. Would you still talk through a filter with the same reporters you’ve been dealing with for 16 years? PROBABLY NOT

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    QUIT THE HATE
    —-

    KOBE GETS DOWN, GETS BACK UP…

    —-
    AND WILL SNEAK THROUGH YOUR WINDOW, AND SHlT IN YOUR MOUTH WHILE YOUR SLEEPING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dazzy

    Kobe is annoying. Great ball player, but annoying personality. Tries to hard. “We don’t believe you, you need more people!”.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That’s what happened to you zogs?

  • plagarismfinder

    This is complete plagarism from a Rick Reilly (of ESPN.com) article earlier today. Whoever wrote this even stole the jokes. Come on, you can’t even write original material on an overly abundant subject?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ZOGS, thanks for sharing your personal experiences, but… Next time please don’t swear when you do it, okay?

  • Spades

    High IQ basketball= getting it to your bigs and stop chucking. If Bynum got his fair share of touches he’d make Dwight Howard look like weak sauce. I hate Jordan for making people think that a wing is supposed to be the Alpha and not a big. Wilt is weeping in his grave.

  • Spades

    I really hope Bynum gets traded to the Magic so we can see his true talent and not some teaser-trailer. I wish Kobe would stop being a selfish prick and embrace the Twin Tower offense. Look at how well the Spurs did with it!

  • http://obsessioncollection.wordpress.com grgeblck

    he still don’t get it. he didn’t earn the rings by himself. so let him be arrogant.

  • dazzy

    ^Word. He was a sidekick for 3 of those 5 rings but I guess he forgot about that part.

  • ripslam

    This was valid maybe 2-3 years ago, but it’s getting more and more clear that Kobe is aging fast. He’s not the player he was, and he refuses to believe it. The Lakers are headed for another second-round exit if Kobe continues to jack up shots like this. He knows Brown won’t do anything to stop him.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Still some dumb fans up here, everything yall are saying against Kobe, MJ had the same thing said about him. MJ cursed for no reason, teammates hated him, not the leader people thought, kids hate him, no wife will hate him in 5 years and he has run the Bobcats in the ground, doesn’t care about the people making shoes in his sweat shops, remember his statement Republicans buy shoes too, he has never stated anything to help out the human race or even his race, wanted the lockout to last longer. Also anybody thinking Bynum is a force are dumbies, Bynum is getting easy shots because Kobe is still getting double teamed at 32 years old. Kobe got 5 rings, ask Shaq. Anybody who thinks Kobe didn’t win the WCFinals to get those rings, need to pull up some old tapes or articles of Coach Popovich stating Kobe is the key to Lakers winning, ask Blazers and Sacromento coach too. SEE dumbies see the NBA Finals and think Shaq did everything-THE EAST NEVER HAD ANY CENTERS WHEN SHAQ PLAYED AGAINST THEM. Kobe was player of the decade not shaq or tim duncan. Kobe has 5 rings and was clutch in first three rings, when you could not give Shaq ball at end of games-people forget that. KOBE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS, HE EARNED IT. WHAT PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY LED HIS TEAM TO WIN TWO RINGS WITH OUT ANOTHER FUTURE HALL OF FAMER ON HIS TEAM. KOBE, KOBE, KOBE, KOBE, KOBE, BOOK THAT.

  • dazzy

    You’re 100% right about MJ, but wrong on Kobe&Shaq. If you’re starting a championship team back then you’d start with prime Shaq before Kobe 10000/10000. Period! Kobe was an extremely important player, but he was the sidekick. BOOK THAT ish

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    kids hate MJ? millions upon millions of J’s sold beg to differ.

  • tonyknorr

    @ The Seed, your complete and utter ridiculous ramblings are always up there with the dumbest, ignorant, biased crap I have ever read. This fool Kobe Bryant really can do no wrong in your eyes can he? Well enjoy supporting a rapist, chauvinist pig Seed. And do all the MJ bashing you want, any intelligent human being knows that what your doing is a classic flawed tactic in a debate.

  • LebronSucks

    If Kobe was a facilitator he would not have won 5 rings. just ask Steve Nash & John Stockton. Since He has the ability to score, he should make the most out of it.

  • http://slam.online house

    dude is gonna get RSI from stroking his damn ego so much

  • Hobbes

    Kobe should pass more the big fella, unless he proves he can win another championship with his ego and broken hand which is not likely to happen. If Miami stay health, they going to crown this year.

  • flipnoyce

    Kobe already got his 6th ring just ask his wife,she gave it back!!!!. Kobe’s doing more shooting this time around because there’s no more Vanessa to shoot at anymore. Kobe’s championship chase are done since last year,Lakers got SWEPT. Watch the tape!!!. I hope he continue to keep shooting because it makes me laugh every time he miss. He needs to take some acting class cause all that whining he does only makes him look foolish.No Phil, No Ring!!!! Oh before I forget, this Laker squad are still better than LBJ when Bron was a Cav. Best record in the league and almost went to finals. I’d like to see how Kobe stack with Mike Browns scheme.

  • AD

    lmao ^^

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    My opinion, Kobe n Shaq were equally important in their championship run. Probably Kobe a lil more important

  • Jai

    I don’t know about Kobe shooting more if he played with Paul, but he would definitely lead the league in scoring. Actually, come to think of it, Kobe wouldn’t need as many shots with Paul at PG. So he would score more, but shoot less. For example, right now Blake griffin is taking a lot of shots. But that will change as soon as Paul gets more and more acclimated. Just sayin

  • Red Star

    Whether you love him or hate him Kobe always has something interesting to say about himself that gets people talking. LMAO, 40 shots a game! KOBE!! LAKERS 4 LIFE!!!

  • dazzy

    Only a Kobe Stan would think he was more importtant than Shaq in those chips.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    ^ So im guessing u didnt watch any of those championship runs. N i did say equally important but Kobe did have a slight upper hand, cus witout him in those runs, Shaq wasnt gettin all 3

  • dazzy

    I watched them. Nobody in their right mind would say Kobe is more important, and Kobe fans are too delusional to be taken seriously. Shaq was MVP because he was the most important piece of those runs.

  • TP

    2000-2003: Shaq got 3 consecutive Finals MVPs. Only Shaq and Jordan have done that. Kobe was Shaq’s backup for those titles.

  • jose santiago

    yeah come and feed the hate for Kobe Bryant the best player ever in NBA history and he doesn’t had to have 6 rings or mvp’s about shaq go and see the best plays you will see Kobe saving more games than shaq including 81 point did shaq did that ? the only reason that shaq had those mvp’s was because he was the captain of the team and a veteran 5 years in NBA over Kobe. i can only say in my opinion Kobe should have at least 1 of 3.

  • jose santiago

    i quot the only thing that MJ has better than Kobe was his body and his hands was bigger then Kobe. Kobe have more skills than MJ but MJ has better shooting percentage than Kobe commentary by phil Jackson. :) in other words Kobe is better lmfao

  • lakerfan

    Kobe avgs over 5 assists a game most on team and he is a shooting guard. So kobe haters go f. K yourself.

  • Bou

    Kobe is Killin the F league right Now at 33 and 16 seasons and hundred injuries in her carrer operations and a bad wrist he only had 1 bad game what this haters talkin about ?

  • aktion

    MJ had more talent to pass to. I’ve seen Barnes and Arrest miss tons of lay-ups. And Bynum and gasol has long bad shooting streaks. And fisher just lost everything.

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