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Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:09 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Earlier this week, we noted that Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant was sticking to his guns when it comes to his shot volume. One of the NBA's all-time most prolific shooters, Bryant told reporters then that his wrist injury, the rise of center Andrew Bynum and a new Lakers offense won't slow down his shooting whatsoever. 

Nevertheless, questions have continued to swirl about what is the right number of shots for Bryant to take. Once again, he is leading the NBA with 22.5 per game through eight games. Next on the list: Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis with 20.8. 

Prior to a nationally-televised Thursday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant pointed to his past to explain why he should keep hucking, calling out his critics in the process. 
"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, 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."
Despite some dogged defending from the Blazers, Bryant scored 30 points on 13-for-24 shooting. It marked the second straight night he went over 30 points in scoring and it was just the second time this season he hit more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts. 

After the game, Bryant shifted from defending himself to attack mode on his shot selection critics.

"Get over it," a clearly annoyed Bryant told reporters after a loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland. "Get over it. I shoot the ball that's what I do. I'm a shooting guard. Some nights I have 24 shots some nights I have 29 shots. Get over it."

Bryant is shooting 43.3 percent on the season, his lowest mark since 2004-2005. has video of Bryant's exasperated statement.


Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:01 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Yeah that team was all Kobe.  He single handedly gave away 2 games by turning the ball over and not being able to lock down Rondo in the last 2 minutes.  Then Artest and Odom bail him out after he pulls a no-show in the 4th quarter of game 7.

He will not win another title.  His contract is too big of a burden for the franchise to be able to draw another elite player.  The laker PGs are both bottom tier back ups.  Any vet that slums for a title might head to LA but it won't be to play for the Lakers.

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:49 am

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

-"Yeah," he says. "And I also have five rings."
thats all thats needed to be said.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:38 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

2010 NBA Champions - L.A. Lakers

No Shaq, no Horry, Old Fisher - no problem.

That team was all Kobe.  Metta World Peace - one good game?  Pau Gasol - extremely soft...

Kobe has won 5 rings and will win another one before his time is up.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:17 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

Crunch-Time "Get Over IT' it appears that you are in love with Kobe and so quick to attack him. I doubt you could even shot the ball 25 times. And saying that Bynum can take over a game please you must have brain freeze or something. Bynum is coming along,but take over a game not yet buddy. The Lakers have no other proven scorers so who else would you like to take the shoots. Ebanks, World Peace or maybe Walton. Kobe is the franchise and bum wrist or not shooting 43 or 53% the offense goes through the mamba and he does have 5 rings......Get over it.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:56 pm

Kobe to shot selection critics: 'Get over it'

The selfish ball hog doesn't realize he's only shooting 43% from the floor and holding back a dominate center from taking over games. Btw Kobe, YOU didn't win 5 rings alone, the Lakers won them with you! Shaq, Horry, Fisher and company saved your @$$ more than enough times. And you'll never win a ring without Phil.

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