Kobe scores 39, hits a circus shot but misses 23 shots in loss to the Suns
The one man band Kobe Bryant was once again putting up big numbers in another loss for the Lakers who are now 0-5. The horrible start for the franchise is the worst since the Minneapolis Lakers started 0-7 way back in 1957.
Bryant scored 39 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the 6 point loss but missed 23 (27 if you include free throws) of his 37 shots.
“I was just being aggressive,” Bryant said. “I played with a lot of energy today. It’s easy to look at it and say 37 shots, but you don’t see how hard I was working to get easy opportunities, offensive rebounds and transition shots. Some of the easy ones I missed, but if you play with a lot of energy and are relentless, you’ll get a lot of opportunities.”
The 37 shots were 2 more than the other 4 starters combined and 18 more than the player (Gerald Gree who had 26 exciting points) with the 2nd most amount of shot attempts.
On a positive note, Kobe became just the 5th player over the age of 36, joining Kareem, Karl Malone, MJ & Shaq, to get atleast 39 and 9 in a game in the last 30 years. And he also had a positive outlook on the Lakers near future.
“You can’t listen to what everybody says. You can’t listen to people. You’ve got to be stubborn as a mule. You’ve got to keep chipping away. Got to keep competing and going after it, and this thing will turn around. Just as easily as we lost five in a row, we can turn around and win five in a row.”