Byron Scott: Lakers’ offense ‘a lot more settled’ with Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant missed the Lakers’ last game, a 19-point loss to the Suns.
His biggest fan misses him.
Lakers coach Byron Scott, via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
Scott has a point. The Lakers score more per possession, assist more baskets and turn the ball over less with Kobe on the court.
But Kobe has played a majority of his minutes with D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert – four of the Lakers’ better players. How much does that cloud Kobe’s impact?
One other Laker has played a significant amount with that quartet: Metta World Peace. In those minutes, the Lakers score even more per possession, assist even more baskets and turn the ball over even less than when the foursome plays with Kobe.
Kobe’s wild gun-slinging – he’s shooting 34% from the field and 23% on 3-pointers – hurts the Lakers’ offense. He might know the game incredibly well and get to the right spots, but I just don’t see the offense functioning better with him on the court.
If World Peace makes a strong case as a better stabilizer than Kobe, maybe Scott ought to re-think his perception of Kobe.
(Not that he ever will.)