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Kobe says he’ll have to push through tired legs unless Lakers ‘are going to do something roster-wise’

Jan 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

After making just 10 of his 32 shots in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, Kobe Bryant pointed to “tired legs” afterward as the reason he’s struggled from the field for a second straight game.

In the game before, during a loss at the hands of the Miami Heat, Bryant shot just 8-of-25.

Combine those two performances and you get 18-of-57 shooting over the two-game span, good for a miserable 31.5 percent. Bryant has been unusually efficient with his shot this season until recently, so clearly, the fatigue is getting to him.

“I’ve just got to rest my legs,” he said, via the Associated Press. “My legs are a little tired. My shots are just short. That’s on me. I’ll take this loss on me, gladly. There were a lot of easy shots, a lot of them, that I should have put down.

“My offense was sub-par in terms of missing easy shots,” he said. “I’ve got to do a better job of putting that ball in the hole when the opportunity presents itself.”

As if there weren’t enough problems surrounding this Lakers team, they now have their leading scorer (and leading shot-taker) talking about heavy legs. That’s intriguing enough, but Bryant’s comments when asked how he’s going to deal with it may be of even greater interest.

From Dave McMenamin of

Asking for roster help is comically tragic for this Lakers team, considering the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this past offseason. Without losing an asset the size of Howard — both literally and figuratively, contract-wise — there isn’t going to be any help available from simply trading smaller pieces, and certainly not in the form of a player who would make a real impact in the time remaining this season.

Now obviously, Bryant may not have actually been “asking” for roster changes. But it’s a curious choice of words, because the mere mention of it is going to raise some eyebrows, and most would wonder if the thought would be spoken at all if it wasn’t at least somewhere in the back of his mind.

The only way legitimate help would come this year would be in the event that the Lakers get a serious offer from someone for Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol, one that would return All-Star level talent at the defensive end of the floor.

Since teams aren’t exactly lining up to help the Lakers out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves, or part with players who possess that unique skill set, this is the team that likely finishes the season in Los Angeles — a season that may very well end before the playoffs begin if things continue down this path.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    This is why I like Kobe! Because he’s not afraid to take blame. Lakers are a joke this year though, it’s really sad.

  2. progress2011 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    That comment sums up this dudes character / lack thereof ….

    Remember after he got busted for his Colorado issue – dude threw all his other teammates under the bus by saying:
    ” I’m not the only one that messes around, the other guys just pay for it !!! ”

    Shaq and others wanted to break him in many parts !!!

    No MAN with testosterone would EVER say anything like that ! We’d take responsibility for what we did and fall on the sword for the other guys !!!

    So, this comment where he is willing to ruin the careers of other guys by trying to get them traded or otherwise…without taking any responsibility confirms he is what we already know…..

    A weasel lookin ‘itch !!!

  3. tannethrill - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Everyone open your eyes and look at the statement.

    He’s talking about trading himself to a playoff team.

    I know he has a no-trade clause but I could see him waiving it.

    If you want to keep Howard then move Kobe for youth and picks.

    • soopreme - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      I agree with you 100%.
      If they are going to keep Howard and build around him, they don’t have a player around him now who compliments him. (Ex: Orlando 2010).
      They need speed and shooters around Howard.
      They did it to Shaq, they traded the the best big man in the game to appease Kobe and now the shoe is on the other foot.
      I think Kobe sees the handwriting on the wall and hes trying to get traded.

    • progress2011 - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      No Thrill……ARE YOU FRIGGIN KRAZY !!!!!

      NO OWNER/ GM or Board room exec (the people that write the checks) would approve of taking on that RIDICULOUS contract for a guy:

      1. Beyond his prime
      2. Locker Room Cancer
      3. Would demand 25 shots a night (to the detriment of the team)
      4. UNCOACHABLE (in the words of Phil Jackson)
      5. Two years MAX, left on his career of being “productive”
      6. Shoots a lowly 47% when other stars ( LBJ, CP3, Durant and others shoot over 50%)

      The FAKERS are stuck with FAKE MJ


  4. omniusprime - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    The most important roster change the Lakers need to make is firing Dumbtoni and finding a coach with a clue, Bickerstaff did a better job getting the team to win games than either Clueless Clown Brown or Dumbtoni. The next roster change that needs to happen quickly is trading away Ancient Nash because he’s totally worthless on either end of the court. The Lakers need a great young point guard, that’s why they dumped Fish. Now they [picked up the Ancient One who never played a lick of defense his whole career.

    With a clueless coach who plays Kobe too many minutes to an old geezer point guard who can’t run it’s no wonder Kobe is being tasked to do too much. I give Kobe all the credit for being willing to abuse himself for the team’s sake. I don’t blame Kobe for his bad shooting, that’s the fault of Dumbtoni for not creating an offense with the All Star players he has to command.

    If the Lakers can’t beat the lowly Raptors on the road then they have no chance winning a single playoff series since they’ll have to become road warriors, right now they’re road wimps. Kobe does need to take a salary reduction if he wants the team to surround him with better players and a good bench.

    When will you dimwitted sports pundits start pointing the finger at Dumbtoni and Nash as being the failures of the Lakers?

    Go Kobe!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Away Ancient Nash!!! Fire the little idiot buss boy!!!

    • rodyaugu - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      When the lakers traded for Nash, I thought you delusional lakers fans thought he would be the last piece of the puzzle. according to you guys, he would average over 12 assists per game with gasol, Howard and kobe, and also his defensive liability would be covered by superman. Now all of the sudden he’s worthless on either end of the court. That was to be expected when they traded for a 39 year old PG who’s still trying to figure out his teammates.

    • nativetexan2012 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      The Lakers haven’t lost one game because of Steve Nash, unless you count those they lost when he was injured. Your characterizations of Nash are ridiculous. No serious person who knows anything about the NBA would agree that having him on your team is a problem. You don’t blame Kobe for his bad shooting? D’Antoni’s offense is built to provide easy shots for him if he’ll play within it. He missed a lot of open shots in the last 2 games. That is on him not D’Antoni. I would give you some facts about what has happened this season, but that would be a waste of time. Get used to Nash and D’Antoni because I doubt that they are going anywhere.

  5. starship7 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    These are some great comments! Fake MJ will NEVER win ring no. 6. and tie “The Standard By Which Basketball Excellence Is Measured”, Michael Jordan.

    • bozosforall - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Kinda like wannabe Joe Montana, Tammy Brady, will never win ring #4?

  6. nativetexan2012 - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    If Kobe’s legs are tired, why was he in the gym early working on his shooting? Why wasn’t he resting his legs? He was shooting poorly from the opening minutes in the last 2 games and didn’t shoot well until late in the game. How does that fit with the tired legs theory? Wouldn’t his legs be fresher in the beginning of the game than they are in the 4th quarter? This really doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe he’s just looking to shed the role of defending the opposing PG. If that’s the case he needs to talk to D’Antoni and not the press. I wouldn’t be surprised if his legs are tired but considering the fact that he shoots better later in the game, it doesn’t really ring true.

  7. distantrhythm - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Fire Howard Stern!

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