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Kobe Bryant Can’t Explain Poor Shooting in Loss to Utah Jazz

Last night’s loss to the Utah Jazz was ugly to say the least. The Los Angeles Lakers just couldn’t keep up with a motivated Jazz squad led by Paul Milsap. There was a chance the Lake Show could’ve come out on top with a late push in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers fell short with time expiring, 103-99.

Despite only the third loss of the season (19-3 home record) at the Staples Center, All-Star center Andrew Bynum had yet another great game with 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers. As a result of his impressive play over the past week, Bynum was named as Western Conference Player of the Week as he continues to make strides as a well-rounded center.

Kobe Bryant on the other hand had arguably his worst game of the season and perhaps his worst performance in recent memory. After shooting an awful 3-for-20 from the floor, the Black Mamba had this to say about his extremely poor shooting via Mark Medina of L.A. Times:

“I had some nice looks,” Bryant said. “But I couldn’t make a shot.”

“There’s plenty of things to pay attention to about than my shot selection,” said Bryant, who’s maintained a league-leading 29-point scoring average. “I didn’t force anything. It was all easy looks. I only took 20 shots.”

Even though Kobe Bryant did only take 20 shots against the Jazz on Monday night, it would be hard to argue that the team wouldn’t have benefited more by giving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum more touches with Kobe struggling. With Bynum continuing to become more and more of a force offensively, the debate over the team’s first option in the offense will begin to heat up from here on out.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1463534500 Miles Jenkins

    I only took 20 shots. LOL

  • Lakerfan4life1970

    Im a die hard fan that love the lakers, And its hurts seen the lakers struggle on offense. But I dont really understand why the lakers keep having Steve Blake on the 4th quaters, In this 2 games that he started since the trade. He only average 3 Points, 9 assist and playing more minutes than Ramon Sessions. Since Ramon sessions has play for 2 games he out score Steve Blake in this 2 games average 17 points 12 assist and less minutes. We should kept Fisher instead of Steve Blake. In my heart I dont believe coach Mke Brown can’t coach this team. Coach Brown has a good and young player (Jordan Hill) that can bring energy coming off the bench he is 6’10. Paul Gasol is a good player and tallent it but sometimes he plays so soft that small fowards out play him in the low post. that is the time that Mike Brown need to bring someone else stronger…… Im not a coach but I been watching since Magic Johnson came to NBA in 1979. When the show times was at the Forum in Inglewood… Lakers need to start Roman Sessions instead of Steve Blake…. they should put Blake as a 3rd option as a PG…

    If I was a the Coach of the Lakers this would be my ” Starters and the bench”

    Starters should be

    Sessions PG, Kobe Bryant SG, Andrew C, Jordan Hill PF, & MWP

    Bench

    Darius Morris PG, Andrew Goudelock SG, Matt Barns SF, Paul Gasol C, Josh McRoberts

    3rd options -C Eyenga Blake, Troy, Ebanks

    • Jthomas

      Pau’s too weak to play against small forwards, so you would make him the backup center???  The dude has better game than almost anyone in the league.  He needs to start at the 4, his natural position.  And Sessions will start eventually, but a team’s point guard has to get comfortable with the offensive system before he can direct the offense.

    • Allabouthepaper

      sir if u just put the second best PF in the game on the bench kill yourself

  • Livediecali1970

    This Coach that the Lakers have he just an @#$% that cant coach this team. Why the @#$% he has Steve Blake as a starter. This fool has start it in 2 games he only has 3 points that all wt 9 assist. They need to put his @#$% on the bench and Let Sessions start this coming game against the Houston Rockets, And Mike Brown let the rookie play some ball Morris. instead as Blake….. Also used Jordan Hill he is better then Troy Murphy. If the Lakers continue having this Dumm @#$% Blake start they should kept Fisher at least he score couples of points or some free throw….. @#$% Coach Brown

  • Lakerfan4life1970

    Mitch, Jerry & Jim Buss this what everyone thinks about that dumb coach that you hired off season………………………….COACH MIKE BROWN ITS JUST A SORRY DUMB ASS. I THINK HE NEED TO COACH THE DLEAGUE DEFENDERS OF L.A  INSTEAD THE PROBLEM THAT THE LAKERS. HAVE ON THIS ROTATION  OF PLAYERS SUCKS. IF I WAS THE COACH OF THE LAKERS MY STARTER SHOULD BE RAMON SESSIONS PG ANDREW GLOCK (mini mamba) KOBE BRYANT SF ANDREW C JORDAN HILL PF BENCH: MATT BARNS SG PAUL GASOL C D MORRIS PG ROBERTS PF MWP SF 3rd OPTION: STEVE BLAKE, TROY MURPHY

    • Guildtank

      You starting Jordan Hill over Pau Gasol? And Goudlock is undersized for a SG…..

  • Lakerfan4life1970

    Paul Gasol is good player but he weak on defense. Paul Millsap took Gasol to school last night I been watching Gasol is a wimp. Small player pushing him around. Just like a pin pon. That’s why Jim and Mitch wanted to get rd off him. No tiene cojones. He got allot of talent for been 7’0 .

  • http://coachdesignz.wordpress.com/ Jay Dayuday

    It’s weird, fans who watched basketball their entire life but know nothing about the game.
    It’s a team game, we can never pin-point anyone for their short-comings.

    -Pau was being schooled by Millsap and yet, why didn’t Andrew help out. Too tired to help defend, perhaps because his energy was worn out at the offensive end?
    -If Andrew was tired to defend, then why did coach Brown didn’t sit him to rest.
    -Or why did Mike Brown let this happen. He could have Pau hit the bench and let Andrew defend.
    -But when Andrew goes back on defense, his offense will be compromised. Because Andrew is the only guy who could score against Utah, and Bryant was never in rhythm. Andrew can’t do it on both sides.
    -There was no offensive threat displayed by Lakers’ bench except for Matt Barnes.
    -Millsap was destroying Pau but there was no resistance from Utah’s PG passing it to Millsap down low. Is that Pau’s fault too?

    It’s a bad game for the team as a whole. A couple of new players[or even all of the roster] is still learning Coach Brown’s system of play. They will get there before playoffs. This is one of those games that you stumble and get back up a new, stronger, and more united as a team. 

    Sometimes, losses like these remind us how it feels like to really win. Or we can’t really understand the true meaning of winning unless we experience the pain of losing.

  • Will

    what are you talking about the debate of who becomes the first option will heat up from here on out? any one with any basket ball IQ  knows who the first option will be on this team will be from here till eternity…give me a break

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