Struggling Kobe: ‘I suck right now’


VIDEO: Kobe Bryant gives a blunt assessment of himself and the Lakers’ 0-3 start

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Any concerns about how Kobe Bryant‘s infamous competitive nature might impact young teammates like Julius Randle and rookie D’Angelo Russell can be put away, for now.

The 0-3 Lakers have bigger issues, according to their 20-year veteran leader, and they start and end with the man in the mirror. Bryant saved his most savage and blunt assessment for himself after the Lakers’ third straight loss, 103-93 Sunday at the hands of fellow league elder Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.

“If I could make a damn shot that would help,” he responded when asked what was the fastest way for the Lakers to get out of their season-opening funk. “I suck right now.”

Kobe is an ugly 16-for-51 from the floor and shooting a putrid 20.7 percent (6-for-29) from 3-point range. When asked if he had any issues right now, he was quick to go right back at himself.

“Yeah, I’m the 200th best player in the league right now. I freaking suck,” Bryant said, taking aim at the player rankings from various outlets that had him pegged outside of the top players in the game he’s dominated for so long.

He finished with 15 points on 3-for-15 shooting Sunday. But he refused to blame the time he took off during the preseason to nurse a leg injury, the system, his young teammates or anything else offered up as potential contributing factor to his struggles.

“Listen, the guys are getting me the ball,” he said. “They are making great passes. It’s their job to facilitate and it’s my job to finish. I’ve just got to do the responsible thing and make ’em for them.”

58 Comments

  1. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    KOme loving those airballs!

    Put your big boy pants up and stop being soft like charmin!

    Love Karma

  2. Smoothways says:

    How much room for improvement is there still???! No question that Kobe is better then rank 200 in the NBA. But his shooting percentage has never been a great one. He is well known for taking many shots. So can we take an educated guess how high Kobe will finish in the NBA ranking and where his LAL team will end up?
    Kobe: No: 10
    LAL: No: 9 in the West

  3. Travis says:

    KOBE NEEDS TO WATCH THE OLD KOBE BECAUSE RIGHT NOW HE HAS NOOOOOOOOO SWAG!😦

  4. Sac says:

    His mind is willing but the body is weak!

  5. Boyan says:

    Kobe, you are the best ever, please show them what you got🙂

  6. mj says:

    Kobe should shift priority from offense to defense if they want to start winning ballgames…shooting around 20% is not helping the team at all…leave the offense to the young guns and concentrate on rebounding, hustling for the ball and steals…sacrifice your body in boxing out the opponents for others to grab the loose balls…

  7. Captain Pilot says:

    People will always hate on this man know matter what. He is still the best player on his team I know that’s not saying much but he is.

  8. Keyonna says:

    I love Kobe and his mentality. He acknowledges what he isn’t doing well. He knows if he was to make more of his shots their chances of being 0-3 would be slim to none. Kobe is a scorer (amongst other things)! He is a leader and a great teammate. He just feels he’s not fulfilling his role. Just breathe my man, I know you’ll breakout soon. It’s been a minute.

  9. Avatar says:

    Kobe is man for la

  10. ALEXANDRE JULIO says:

    THE TRUTH IS THAT, HE’S CARING MORE ABOUT SCORE LIST RANKINGS AND LESS WITH HIS TEAM’S PERFORMACE. AT THIS POINT OF HIS CARREAR HE WOULD HAVE TO USE HIS TO EXPERENCE IN A MORE TACTIAL WAY,LEADING THE TEAM’S DEFENSE MOVEMENTS, MOVING THE BALL AND TAKING SHOTS WHEN NECESSARY. WHEN YOU HAVE A 40 YEAR OLD PLAYER SHOOTING 30 FGA IN GAME,ALWAYS GUARD BY SOMEBODY . IT CAN BE RIGHT.

  11. bigv32 says:

    Kobe is doing the right thing, he isn’t chasing anything. He wanted to go out on his terms and not let his career end with injury. He is not the super human player that carried the lakers post Shaq. But he brings knowledge and a mentoring mentality that guys like russell and clarkson can learn and benefit from. Randle is going to be a stud, but still needs kobe to help him navigate the waters that come from being a star and a leader. A wise coach once said of an “over the hill MJ” might not be as great as he once was but he will be great once as he ever was. Kobe will have a stretch that will remind everyone that he is not to be overlooked and that stretch will help this team grow this year and beyond

  12. Emre says:

    We believe in you Kobe. Show us again…

  13. unk says:

    Ever think about taking fewer shots? Manute Bol made more than 20% of his treys. That’s why he so rarely took any.

  14. Dunkathon says:

    KOBE MUST RETIRE

  15. karlos231 says:

    Just imagine hwo Jordan was good. As Kobe struggles (though will do better day by day), Jordan was still on the top in age 35, and reasonably good (scored 40+) in age 40 !

  16. Josh L says:

    Please don’t make ESPN think they were right about putting you at No. 93. lol

  17. kason says:

    I agreed with Humble Pie – I think Kobe should go and learn to play golf because he doesn’t understand basketball is a team sport and NO ONE CAN WIN IT ALONE!!!

  18. titimongmayasin says:

    CHANGE D COACH!!!

    • TooCool says:

      Exactly! Byron Scott made every team worse that he went to other than the Lakers. Reggie Miller didn’t need him as his contributions to the team were miniscule. I hardly ever see him calling any plays and the look on that guy’s face isn’t much of a motivator. The young Lakers need someone whose going to fire them up and it would even hello Kobe to get fired up all over again as well!

  19. PT says:

    Kobe Bryant’s 93 ranking on ESPN (that many including him didn’t like) is looking generous now. At least he’s not blaming everyone else for the losses for a change.

  20. Ian says:

    Haha, why does no one have good grammar in this blog?

  21. The Schoowow says:

    What did I do to deserve such a treat ! Bryant please stay, don’t quit, destroy them more !!!

  22. Humble Pie says:

    Kobe and Harden needs to have a round table discussion about their putrid start to the season. Sometimes ego has a way of flippin the switch. They both just gotta humble themselves and return to form to save themselves mockery.

  23. skrutz says:

    REALITY STRIKES. And don’t be a baby. So many other players would get flack. The intensity might not be best for rookies, but this attitude isn’t either.

  24. Clark says:

    He said, “RIGHT NOW”. Not the rest of the season, yall kill me with this foolishness that Kobe is not real. We all know that he pisses greatness. We all now that it’t just 3 games, calm the BS down.

  25. purpngold says:

    Kobe will be fine. A player of his caliber does’t stay down for long. He is the consummate pro and will surely break out of his funk soon enough. The Laker rookies are doing fine as well and the team will improve as the season progresses. Remember this is their first season playing together, they only have played 3 games altogether as pros. Lets go Lakers we are behind you.

  26. Paul says:

    Well, it’s official I guess

  27. TheKush says:

    Kobe’s not used to being just a role player. When I watch Kobe now, I understand what Allen Iverson was complaining about when he was on Denver and had to take a backseat to players he knew he was clearly better than. When a team signs a player they sign them as is and if they expect that player to fall in line expect mixed results. Tim Duncan is the exception not the rule!

  28. kamote says:

    better to retire

  29. johnnytc1 says:

    It’s ok. the king says he’s the best player in the world and they won’t win either. Hang in there Kobe…

  30. kamote says:

    he gets champhionship becoz of shaq,pau.cant compare to mj.better to retire.

    • TooCool says:

      He won two championships back to back without Shaq! So therefore he didn’t need Shaq to begin with.

  31. kamote says:

    he gets champhionship becoz of shaq,pau.cant compare to mj.tsk tsk.better to retire.

    • AJI says:

      Are you stupid? MJ has Pippen and Rodman on the side too, the best small forward and best rebounder. Kobe owns the last 2 championship at the very minimum.

  32. Christopher says:

    As a lifelong Blazers fan, I never thought I’d say this, but I actually feel bad for the Black Mamba. The fact that he is expressing humility and taking blame in a responsible way, honestly humbles me about him. I especially never thought I’d say this, but Kobe, as one who has hated you because of how damn good you ARE, I wish you and the Lakers the best! If my Blazers don’t make the playoffs, I hope your Lakers win it all. You’re Kobe, you can do it!

  33. wilodroz says:

    I know it must be hard for someone as competitive as he is, but he needs to understand his shot won’t fall as consistently as previous years. Not only is he getting old, but he’s been out due to some major injuries, that would throw anyone of rhythm. Hopefully as the season goes along he’ll find his shot.

  34. Lord says:

    This mean`s never scared, even when things r not clicking his way

  35. Frobe Bryant says:

    Kobe has to realize that he’s not Kobe anymore. He have to start looking others for help. Especially the young guys, you can’t draft these guys and not build them up. Hurry before these become a bust for the lakers.

  36. taekayo says:

    They don’t have to sugarcoat it, LAL right now is not into winning. They want Kobe to play his last season as the hero Kobe fans perceived him to be (hey, HE will still sell tickets). This move might stunt Russle and Randle’s growth for a while, but I think the management is OK with that. Let Kobe chase scoring titles, place himself in NBA history, LAL is milking him to the last drop. After that, then they can pursue big names as Kobe will take away his huge contract with him. I mean, its the Lakers, almost everyone wants to be the face of the franchise, and probably they’re just waiting for Kobe to retire.

  37. TheGlobeTrotter says:

    Hey Kobe, do you wanna help the Lakers? Then STOP SHOOTING!!!!

  38. Pickle says:

    Da lakes in a pickle again.

  39. Basketball Fan says:

    I appreciate Kobe’s willingness to accept responsibility for how he’s playing. At least he doesn’t try to blame his teammates for it, like a lot of “stars” would. You rock, Kobe!

  40. Takebeak says:

    Lakers will not be good until:

    1. DO NOT BUILD THE TEAM AROUND KB. HIS PRIME TIME IS LONG GONE. HE IS GOOD TO BE A RESERVED PLAYER RIGHT NOW. THE BEST IS TO PUT HIM ONLY THE LAST QUARTER!

    2. LAKERS NEED A COACH WITH A BETTER SYSTEM. DON’T SEE ANY STYLE RIGHT NOW! LAKERS SHOULD ABLE TO MAKE SOME NOISE WITH CURRENT YOUNG CORE BUT ONLY SEE BAD AND UGLY STUFFS!

  41. Marty says:

    This is not new. Contested jumpers,minimal free throws,and no defense. Should be coming off the bench.

  42. Harden huh says:

    If 16-51 is ugly, what about James Harden’s? Hahaha

  43. alon says:

    Come on people give the old man a brake, he was making you rushing home from work for few season so you can see this amazing player do his thing and have fun, short memory in LA🙂

  44. Marty says:

    This play is consistent with the last couple seasons. U can’t act as if this is new. Poor percentage jump shots ,minimal free throws,and no defense. Should be coming off the bench.

  45. Greg says:

    Yeah, Dr Phil, it did take him a long time to figure it out…about 20 years!!!!

  46. GoLA says:

    Kobe’s problem is not how he plays, its what system he is playing in. Byron Scott wants to coach a great player and instead of playing with Kobe’s strength, he is actually neutralizing his game.

    And relying on rookies to win your game would not send your team to the playoffs.

    If management don’t enjoy NBA basketball then they are contended with what is happening with the Lakers.

  47. bryan59fifty says:

    Kobe Bryant

    FGM 16/51
    3PM 6/29

    James Harden

    FGM 12/54
    3PM 3/32

    Chin up Kobe, James Harden is the 201th best player right now…

  48. Heisenberg says:

    Chin up Kobe you’re not the only one even James Harden is the 201th best player right now…

    Kobe Bryant
    FGM 16/51
    3PM 6/29

    James Harden
    FGM 12/54
    3PM 3/32

    Kobe Bryant is better than James Harden right now…

  49. OMARSKY says:

    NBA GET YOURSELVES BETTER MICROPHONES FOR GOD’S SAKE!
    WE CAN’T HEAR CLEARLY!

  50. CHILLL says:

    Hop off kobe man he just getting started.

  51. DrPhill says:

    Wow, took him a while to figure that out!

  52. Tory Williams says:

    I hope they didnt build them around him this season .. if so that was dumb.