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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  67 responses

Kobe Bryant Explains Why He’s Playing More Efficiently This Season


34-year old Kobe Bryant is putting up numbers that a man of his age (and mileage) shouldn’t be. But, as Bryant explains, he’s a “bad mother f*cka.” Per ESPN: “… Bryant is still shooting better than he has at any other point in his career. Bryant is shooting 51 percent overall so far this season (his previous career best was 46.9 percent in 2001-02), 41.5 percent from the 3-point line (his previous career best was 38.3 percent in 2002-03) and 87.4 percent from the foul line (his previous career best was 86.8 percent in 2006-07). He also has shot 50 percent or better in 10 of the Lakers’ 14 games, so his accuracy has been consistent. And with 17.1 percent of the season in the books, the sample size has grown to the point that this can’t be just an aberration. So, where does the credit go? How does Bryant jump from shooting just 43 percent overall last season — his worst shooting mark since his second season in the league, back in 1997-98 — to his best marksmanship as a 34-year-old? ‘I think the system has a lot to do with it,’ Bryant said. ‘The floor is spaced out a little bit more. I can penetrate to the basket and get to the free throw line a lot more.’ He is averaging 7.92 free throw attempts per game this season, up from 7.77 a game last season. The improvement isn’t dramatic in that category, but Bryant seems to have adopted the mental standpoint that slashing opportunities are there for him whenever he wants them, whereas last season, he would have Andrew Bynum and his defenders clogging up the paint. ‘I think, really, it’s just I had more lanes to the basket,’ Bryant said. ‘We don’t have people on the block, on the post all the time, so it enables me to drive to the rim and draw fouls, get to the free throw line a lot.’ Bryant didn’t credit his time with USA Basketball or his comfort playing with his fractured index finger or improved health in his knees. ‘Outside of that, I’m just a bad mother [expletive],’ Bryant said with a smirk.”

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  • servant of the most high

    Hate if you want, but he’s still Dat Dude!

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr has been inspired by his biggest critic(s). He should be ashamed of himself for not crediting the motivation behind his breakthrough season.

  • Jake

    Saw him play in Dallas this last weekend. His work ethic even before the game was intense. Him, Gasol, Artest, and Duhon were out well before the game practicing their shots. Artest was on the floor an hour and a half before tipoff hoisting threes. Anyone that says Kobe is losing steps clearly hasn’t watched him play this year. If you watch him in person you can tell he isn’t even exerting himself for most of the game!

  • Max

    Shht.

  • Max

    What’s so special about an hour and a half before a game?

  • justin05

    Have you been to a real NBA game?

  • Jake

    It shows that he gives a damn about improving what was once a horrible jump shot. Most of the other players didn’t emerge from the locker room until 10 minutes before tipoff, and it showed on their stat sheets.

  • Max

    Nah.

  • Max

    Strange, I’m always shooting at least 1 hour before the game.

  • Diipp

    You should be ashamed of that statement

  • http://www.facebook.com/koombuy.pride Koombuy Pride

    I cant wait till Nbk makes up an excuse. I think an apology of his comments about mamba all summer is in order. Thats just me tho…

  • bike

    Mamba hot.

  • Dymez

    The truth is, it’s early. That percentage has been dropping each week since the season started. Kobe has never shot 50% for a season in his career, so I highly doubt it’s just going to magically happen now. The guy is a volume scorer, not an efficient one.

  • Redd

    It is just you.

  • LakeShow

    “Outside of that, I’m just a bad mother [expletive],’ Bryant said with a smirk.”

  • LakeShow

    This was an intense conversation. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through reading it.

  • Junior Taylor

    Lake, I know that’s your boy and all but DAMN…..

  • Justin Martinez

    I love the cockiness. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. The only thing Bryant cares about is winning the championship, that’s what separates the greats from the rest of the professionals.

  • bike

    LMFAO

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Did you just say that Kobe hasn’t lost any steps?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Have you played in a real NBA game? You often talk as if you have and you tell other people how they aren’t “real ballers” as if you played in the league. You’re just like everyone else here…a fan.

  • Justin Martinez

    That’s good for you man. I always need at least 30 minutes before I’m automatic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I predict 100+ comments.

  • Max

    Lol Well yeah, I havent been to an NBA game before so what else could I say?

  • Max

    I think he did.

  • Max

    Let’s go.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Unbelievable.

  • LakeShow

    Damn yourself.
    That’s classic right there.
    CLASSIC.
    Can’t appreciate an old dude playing awesome ball and calling himself a bad mother…. That’s on you.

  • LakeShow

    Kobe>LeBron

  • Junior Taylor

    Just trying to rile your sensitive a** up and it looks like to worked.

  • Junior Taylor

    Jack Taylor>Kobe/LeBron

  • LakeShow

    Only you would be into riling dudes a$$es…
    lol, playin dogg

  • Max

    Dwight > Shaq

  • RedRum

    So let me get this right… he blames his inefficiency in the past (he is a career 45%) on the fact that he had post players and a system that “incidentally” won him rings?? This guy is like teflon, any responsibility just slips off him… ridiculous

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Ben Wallace > Bill Russell

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Sasha Vujacic > Kobe

  • Justin Martinez

    I wish. I asked if he ever went to a game because players rarely come out one and a half hour prior to tip-off to work on shooting. What separates me from you is that it WAS my dream to play in the NBA. Too bad we couldn’t upload a one minute video of ourselves showing off what skill we have. You would just upload a video showing how you search for stats online tho lol. Because that is your skill. Get it? haa. I am a fan but I can ball most of of these commenters up, no doubt. I don’t need to prove it to mysaelf but that is my argument for why you nerds don’t see the game the right way. Because you can’t play. Remember? Post 30 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals in an adult rec league and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    How corny is it to be on the Internet talking about how you can “ball most of these commenters up”? You’re bragging about your stats in an adult rec league too? Hilarious. As for dreams, most kids who pick up a basketball dream about being in the NBA so you’re no different.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    here’s the first 10 games of 2001-2002 – http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bryanko01/gamelog/2002/#335-344-sum:pgl_basic
    .
    so who should really be sorry? me for saying something things that, true or not, are not worth discussing at this point…..or you, for wasting my time?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    nice!!! looking good. 3 point shooting is key and he looks pretty spry to say the least after a full summer of usa hoops! props to the mamba!!!

  • Dagger

    Congratulations. Even if you aren’t lying, I think that’s the least significant thing I’ve ever seen someone brag about on the internet, and that’s saying something.

  • Caboose

    Dwight’s ability to play PnR is a huge reason for this. When Nash comes back, Kobe’s scoring might dip a bit, but I don’t see why he can’t keep his efficiency as long as he maintains this mindset.

  • Caboose

    Brian Scalabrine’s Beard>Chuck Norris’ Beard.

  • Justin Martinez

    Not bragging, just using a little stat to show how good my game is. If I wanted to brag then I’d talk about my 47 point game I had in the semi-finals. My adult league is very competetive and plenty of d-2 players and past d-1 players show up. Would it be more impressive if I told you that my team went 8-2 last season and that we won the final tournament? Or would it be more impressive to say that I made the all-star team too? I’m only 5’10 so my body will never be enough for pro ball. My rec league is a big part of my life and I talk to real ballers on a daily basis. I can tell that a lot of you guys (bamn and dagger especially) can’t play. You may enjoy the game and I respect that but your opinions of how this game works are not as credible to me because you can’t do what I can.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Correction, Kobe has never shot better than 47 percent for a season in his career. And he’s never actually gotten to 47 percent without rounding up.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    This is always a weird argument when discussing sports since 99 percent of the people commenting can’t do anything close to what actual athletes do. I mean, look at how many Americans obsess over football, and almost none of them could have ever had a shot to play in the NFL. The biggest difference between football and basketball is that it’s harder to fool yourself about how good you really are.
    Anyway, Jeff Van Gundy played like D3 ball and I’m sure never dropped 47 in a game anywhere. But, that doesn’t mean his opinion on basketball isn’t incredibly valid. Personal experience can be valuable, but only when combined with intelligence and clear thinking.

  • Justin Martinez

    I agree with you Allen. I’m not saying these guys don’t know a lot. They’re smart..more intelligent than myself no doubt. I just don’t take their arguments as seriously because they don’t know what it’s like to be a floor general. There’s so much more to the game than stats and I’m not going to let anyone come at me, even if I can’t articulate as well as them. It’s harder for me to get my point across but my basketball instincts are rarely wrong… That’s why I knew Kobe was going to be better than Wade this season and that’s also why I’m right about a lot of guys who throw their bodies around. Because I’ve been there and seen it. Never made my d-2 team but unfortunately I never reached 6’0 or taller. Luckily I have music as my second passion.

  • Justin Martinez

    Right. It takes some of the load off of his shoulders. The Black Mamba nickname he gave himself a few years back is finally making sense now.

  • Dymez

    I said the guy never shot 50% for a season in his career. You said he’s never shot better than 47%. How am I incorrect? If anything, you’ve just clarified that fact for me.

  • Chukaz

    I love how as Kobe’s approaching retirement, he’s gotten increasingly human. No way he says something like this in ’06. Now he’s trash talking and generally telling it how it is. Any day now i expect Kobe to come out and say he wishes Clinton was still president. He’ll follow that with “what do you prefer, blow jobs, or no jobs?” Followed by “my only problem with clinton is that he didn’t smash someone hotter. When i cheated on my wife i got john stockton dimes”

  • Max

    Lol ur funny dude, I’d love to play u.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Do you realize that you’re here telling people that you’re a better ball player than they are like a little kid on the playground in elementary school? You think your opinion means more because you play well in adult rec league games? We’re supposed to take your arguments seriously because you claim to be a better ball player than people who disagree with you? That really makes sense to you? You talk about us as if you know for sure that none of us have ever played ball. Like you’re the only one here who has been as you put it a “floor general”. It’s a little silly to make such comments without knowing people. What makes it even sillier is the fact that you think it’s that serious to the point where you are posting your rec league stats as some kind of proof that you should be revered on here in some way. This is a comment section on a website. Exactly why do you feel the need to boast about rec league games? Imagine how stupid it would sound for someone to score 40 in a YMCA game and then come here and announce that they are more fit to predict the kind of seasons Dwyane Wade and Kobe are going to have. My original point still stands. You’re no different than a lot of us. You’re a fan and only a fan. Nothing more. Your opinion means no more than anyone else’s here. The only thing that would be wilder than what you’re doing is for someone to win a championship on 2K13 and expect everyone here to show some kind of unique respect to them. No one cares about your rec league record. Or how tall you are. “You can’t do what I can”. Honestly dude? It’s not that serious. You’re basically saying that you can tell that guys can’t play because they disagree with you. Nonsense.

  • Bored

    i think that was allens intentions

  • Dymez

    Well, if so, the guy should use a better lead-in than “Correction…” How about, “In detail….”?

  • Bored

    good point

  • Bored

    hahahahaaaaaaa

  • Bored

    im pretty sure skill level is the reason you never made it. not your height.

  • Bored

    i think im done talking to this guy, he obviously has no respect for the people on here. its weird though, yesterday he seemed like a normal nice guy and then he goes on some bragging rant. weird.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Excuse me I should have said “Clarification” instead of “correction. “

  • AQWORD

    George Hill around Gasol & over Dwight for the WIN !!
    no he aint he stopprd being the dude a while back get over it,

  • AQWORD

    word . like Hill did to the Lakeshow last nite. thats how you beat the lakeshow at home . Around gasol & over Dwight. Boom ! good nite.

  • LakeShow

    You just said on the post up that you expect Kobe to shoot 43% this year…

  • Caboose

    “If he keeps this mindset.” I don’t think he will. He’s not settling for jumpers thus far but, like every year, he’ll drift back towards them as the season wears on.

  • LakeShow

    Gotcha.

  • G. Money

    Dude…What efficiency, last night game 12-28 with 10 TO. Nice game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/koombuy.pride Koombuy Pride

    Mamba is 34 not 24

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WOW!!!! NO WAY? How would I ever figure that out?

    .

    Or, I’m aware bruh. — Which is why I put up that stat, showing that even at 24 he couldn’t keep up that level of play. No reason to believe he’ll do it at 34 after 16 seasons in the NBA.

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