Byron Scott wants Kobe Bryant to shoot more

Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant
Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant
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Byron Scott wants Kobe Bryant to shoot more

Right along with the recurring story line of this being the worst season in Los Angeles Lakers franchise history is the over-usage rate of aging Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Head coach Byron Scott recently shut Bryant down for three games after reports of “general soreness” and fatigue.

At 36 years old, Kobe’s usage rate has been insane:

Since being back from the three-game rest, Kobe has taken his fewest shot attempts of the season – 10 in a loss against Phoenix and 11 in a win against Denver. Despite the Lakers having their highest effective field goal percentages in those games, Byron Scott doesn’t want Bryant to lose his aggressiveness.

From Eric Pincus of the LA Times:

“I’d like him to be a little bit more aggressive, and take a little bit more shots,” said Scott.

“He’s just taking what the defenses are giving him.  That’s what great players do,” said Scott.  “The last two games, his shot selection has been great, but he hasn’t gotten the number of shots we’d like him to get on normal basis — but everything else has been up so you can’t argue with that.”

There isn’t a formula short of divine process possible of willing this Laker team to success this season. The Lakers have looked their best when Kobe takes less shots, makes quicker decisions, and allows the ball to circulate into multiple hands. When that happens, they at least look competitive offensively.

Kobe Bryant is at the same stage of his career as Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan, where ideally you’re able to lean on other talented players to help carry the load. The Lakers are void of the talent granted to Dallas and San Antonio, which is quickly blamed on Kobe’s massive contract extension, but in that reality it is still important that Kobe is aggressive enough to keep defenses nervous. 

But again, regardless of the strategy, this current team won’t be competing when it matters.


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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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