Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am  |  17 responses

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant’s Awful Shooting Night: No Big Deal

Kobe had a ghastly shooting performance in the Lakers’ loss to Denver last night — bricking 22 of 28 shot attempts, to go along with costly turnovers — but teammate Pau Gasol wisely tried to avoid making a big deal out of it. From the OC Register: “Maybe Kobe Bryant knew better than anyone what had happened. He uncharacteristically left the arena Sunday night without speaking to reporters. For sure, Pau Gasol knew how it looked in the Lakers’ 99-90 loss to the Denver Nuggets, but Gasol didn’t want to turn a spotlight on it. [...] Gasol and Andrew Bynum were far more efficient inside, making 15 of 27 combined shots. Bynum said Lakers coach Mike Brown called ‘six or seven’ consecutive plays for Gasol early in the fourth quarter, and Gasol did produce, but the game’s end was marked by Bryant missing jumpers and not getting back well in transition defense. Denver scored the game’s final 11 points. Gasol sensed the potential for controversy, saying about Bryant: ‘I’m sure he’ll shoot better next game. Nothing to make a big deal out of.’ Bynum and Brown also tried to deflect blame from Bryant after the 3-3 Lakers’ sixth game in eight days. Again a force inside in the second game of his season with 18 points and 16 rebounds, Bynum blamed his lack of conditioning for his two-point fourth quarter, saying the onus is on him to run for deep post position. Brown said he did talk to Bryant and all the players not settling for jumpers, but concluded: ‘Bad-coached game. Start with me.’ Brown’s directions are to stress inside play, and Gasol said: ‘We do have to be a little more aggressive (and) try to get to the lane.’ But Gasol noted he set up Bryant for a couple of open jump shots late. ‘If I want a guy to take a shot down the stretch,’ Gasol said, ‘it will be him.’”

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  • robb

    Watching Kobe yesterday was really frustrating. Everytime Bynum made a 3 point play, and tied the game, No. 24 came in and made a bad shot or turned the ball over.

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    Looked like something was bothering him. He played quite well in first few games, offensively. But I was much more impressed with his defence efforts. I think it was the Denver game or the one before, for the first two processions, Kobe was actually diving to contest the jumper shooters,both times, even he was out of defence position after rotation. If it was before, he would just not be bothered and leave the shooters and start running for the fast break by himself.If he could perform this kind of defence, I am sure he would have more rings on his fingers. Now it is good, but I’m worried he might to be too fatigue/old to do that type of intensive defence. I always felt him trying to get more attention on court than concentrating on winning. Now I can see him just want to carry the team and win. Best luck on Kobe in 2012.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    he has torn ligaments in his wrist so of course hes gonna have bad shooting nights sometimes

  • OTB

    Prior to the last two games, he had been playing within the offense, and hitting shots efficiently (I believe he was 10-15 2 games ago). What happened yday was likely that he knew he was crossing 28.000 points, so he wanted to put on a “classic” Kobe performance and got caught up in that. I watched the game; he is single-handedly responsible for the Lakers loss. When he was on the bench, Steve Blake, Peace, and Bynum were playing lights out. Bynum could not be stopped – at all. Gasol was doing alright, but Bynum was an absolute force. When Kobe checked in the 4th, the ball didn’t go to Bynum again until it was too late. He chucked shot after shot for no reason…he was shooting contested 3s with 20 on the shot clock. That was brutal to watch. He will tone it down next game though; these games happen sometimes for him and he reacts to them next game.

  • robb

    I’m sorry but 6 from 28 is inexcusable. If you are having a bad night and your shots aren’t going in, stop shooting and get the damn ball to your bigs. Gasol and Bynum combined for 27 rebounds and 38 points, they could have ended with at least 12 more points combined if Kobe had shared the ball a little bit more. Of course that ‘s too much to ask, I know.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Kobe clearly had an off night. I hope he doesn’t ‘blame’ it on his wrist. If the wrist is that bad, then don’t play and hurt your team. If the wrist is o.k., then just play and accept the fact that he had a bad game. Just no excuses or ‘credit’ given for either playing well despite an injury or not playing well because of it. On another not, Bynum is looking really good right now, if he can stay healthy, he and Pau are a better than trading both for D12.

  • op

    I don’t think the Lakers are better with Bynum sometimes.
    They may add power and length. But in the other hand they just lost speed and mobility.
    Nuggets was abusing the Lakers with transition points.
    I’m not saying that Kobe didn’t mess the game(he did).
    But have you seen the Heat play this season? Their transition game is dangerous than Denver’s.
    No ring for the Mr. turnover Bryant. Sorry.

  • Kadavour

    i saw the wrist injury at play last night. he wouldn’t talk about it, but you could clearly see ZERO follow through on jumpers. Kobe should have played the drive and dish game once he realized the wrist would be that problematic. it was hard to watch. I can’t wait til Mike Brown wakes up and plays Kobe, Artest, Barnes, Gasol/McBob, and Bynum in the 4th for lock down defense.

  • charliewinning

    Wrist injury myy arse. He was trying to surpass 28,000 and he did it at the expense of his team. If the wrist hurt, he’s experienced enough to know he needs to get it inside. No excuse when Bynum is playing the way he is.

  • charliewinning



    AT THE GAME !!!

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Mike Brown: Hey uh, Kobe, you think you could pass the ball to Gasol on this possession?
    Kobe: GO *)#@ YOURSELF!
    Mike Brown: You’re right, Kobe! We’re iso for you!
    Ohhhhhhh the Mike Brown era is starting out fantastically.

  • http://Slamonline.com Kap

    Lmao @ jukai

  • Everynowhere

    if he’s injured then he shouldn’t play. if he does play then there’s no excuses. You can’t say kobe is a baller when he’s having a great game and then blame an injury when he does poorly on another.

  • Mike from Spain

    Is Kobe a complete knucklehead? Or will he accept the evidence and let Bynum and Gasol get more touches, and let the Lakers win?

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

    I hope Gasol puts Kobe on Blast just one time this season after a game like this, it would be interesting to see how it plays out.

  • dahon

    hes gettin old, what was MJ doin when he was at that age?