Kobe Bryant has become guy Lakers count on for ball movement. Yikes.
Kobe Bryant is a smart and gifted passer. When he wants to be. We certainly have seen “facilitator Kobe” but he often comes at the expense of “scoring Kobe.” We get both in the same game, but rarely both at the same time — he is either thinking pass or shot. Usually shot. This season the Lakers assist ratio is up very slightly when Kobe is on the court, but the Lakers have the third fewest assists in the league period.
The Lakers’ offense is a lot of isolation and stagnation. So what is coach Byron Scott’s plan to fix it? From Shahan Ahmed of NBCLA.com.
Byron says he wants to get the ball into Kobe's hands a little bit more & wants him to be a facilitator.— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) November 23, 2015
So to be clear, the Lakers are going to take the ball out of rookie D’Angelo Russell’s hands (and second-year guy Jordan Clarkson) so Kobe can help the Lakers win more games? Interesting player development system.Kobe himself touched on the Lakers’ offensive challenges recently, saying with a laugh that if he is the poster child for ball movement this team is in trouble. Via Baxter Holmes of ESPN.
“I’m just trying to help these young guys, honestly,” Bryant said Friday after the Lakers’ 102-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors.... “I feel good enough that I could go out there and score 25 or something like that, but what the hell is that going to do for these guys? It’s not going to do a damn thing.....
“When I’ve become the voice of ‘ball-movement reason,’ you know you have an issue,” Bryant said. “I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be the one preaching that stuff. That’s crazy.He added, “I can’t believe I’m saying this s---. Are you kidding me? Like a kid that grows up and just starts sounding like his parents.”
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers.