You’ve seen the numbers on the Los Angeles Lakers this season: First there’s Kobe Bryant’s impressive averages of 29.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Then there’s the fact Los Angeles (12-14) is 4-11 when Bryant takes 20 or more shots in a game.
Both numbers have been bent in various ways, with some pointing toward Bryant’s ball-chucking mentality as a strain on the Lakers’ all-star roster. For those who subscribe to this notion, the kicker is always this: Los Angeles is 8-3 when Bryant shoots fewer than 20 times.
ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard recently took a look at Bryant’s numbers, enlisting the opinions of a general manager, a coach and two scouts. His unnamed sources collectively conclude Bryant’s shot selection has hurt the Lakers.