Jeremy Lin hinted he thinks Kobe Bryant should pass him the ball more, telling reporters after Friday’s night 104-103 loss to Oklahoma City “I like game-winners too.”
Bryant took and missed the game’s final shot against the Thunder, dropping the struggling Lakers to 8-18 for the season. “It was the shot I wanted to get,” he said during his postgame interview. “Yeah, I didn’t have my legs. Pretty frustrating. I’ve got to figure it out.”
Lin seems convinced at least apart of Bryant’s new strategy should involve passing him the ball more.
““I would love to shoot some,” said Lin, averaging 11 points, five assists and three rebounds in his first season with the Lakers. “But I get it. He’ll figure it out. That’s why he is who he is.”
On the night, the 36-year-old Bryant shot just 3-of-15 and according to ESPN has now missed 12 consecutive potential game-winning or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds or overtime. Against the Thunder, he shot just 1-of-5 in the fourth quarter compared to Lin’s 3-of-5.
Overall, Bryant is averaging 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in roughly 35 minutes per game, prompting some to wonder if he might be trying to do too much and burning himself out for the kind of late-game heroics that once were some of his signature moments.
“Some games they’re there, some games they’re not,” Bryant said of his legs. “It’s a balancing act, right? Just trying to figure out when to do it, when not to do it. I’m just trying to figure out proper rest and all that other stuff. I’m just trying to get a good system, trying to start getting some consistency in these legs.”
Indeed, it’s been quite the balancing act for Bryant after playing in just six games last season because of an assortment of lingering injuries. Jeremy Lin seems convinced at least part of the answer lies in Bryant passing him the ball more.[Photo Credit: TheDailySportsHerald]