The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-5 to start this season — the worst start since the team moved to Los Angeles. At times, the team has looked competent but overall, it is obvious that this team is nowhere near the elites of the Western Conference.
One positive that has come out of these first five games is the play of Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s 27.6 points per game rank second in the NBA. However, the number of shots taken and the quality of his looks has come into question over the last couple of games.
Kobe had a simple explanation that he was working hard to get his shot opportunities, and his former coach Phil Jackson more or less backed up that claim:
@bomani_jones you don't get it. Most players can't GET 10 shots let alone 30+ shots. It takes a special athlete to get a good shot in NBA.
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) November 5, 2014
Kobe’s supporters would argue that considering the other players on the floor, Kobe should be taking all of these shots. Detractors maintain that Kobe’s ball-stopping tendencies make it impossible for other players to thrive.
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, so let’s take a look at where Kobe is going right and going wrong.
Kobe Bryant Talks About Taking 37 Shots Against The Phoenix Suns