The Los Angeles Lakers have lost four straight games and a total of 12 on the season after falling to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on the road Tuesday night.
As if losing to the defending champs by 34 points wasn’t bad enough, Kobe Bryant has one of the worst performances of his career. Bryant only hit one shot on the night and finishing with only four points in 25 minutes on the floor.
After the game, head coach Byron Scott continued to back his star player by claiming to still have faith in Bryant regardless of another poor shooting performance via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
Byron on Kobe shooting 1-14: "He just wasn’t making them…I got faith in Kobe that he’ll be okay, but tonight he was really struggling.”
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) November 25, 2015
No matter how much work Bryant seems to be put on the practice floor or in the weight room to get his legs ready deal with the rigors of an NBA game, the five-time NBA champion just can’t get right when on the facing opponents.
Despite the poor start to his 20th season, Kobe continues to get the support of his head coach. Scott has stuck by Bryant during the entire process, but may be alienating the rest of the team in the meantime with the squad struggling to come together.
Bryant was shooting 33.1 percent from the floor and 20.0 from beyond the arc coming into Tuesday’s game. Kobe may have been averaging 16.3 points per game, but his production hasn’t helped the team much this year and has many believing it may be time for the future Hall of Famer to seriously consider taking a step back.