Scott won’t cut Kobe’s minutes


VIDEO: Byron Scott addresses media following Wednesday’s practice

The hole keeps getting deeper for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. But coach Byron Scott is intent on letting the 20-year veteran dig his own way out.

Even after a second 1-for-14 shooting effort of the season — the worst of his career — in the dismal 111-77 loss to the unbeaten Warriors the last time out, Scott told Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com that he does not plan to reduce Bryant’s minutes or his prominence in the lineup.

“I haven’t thought about reducing his role,” Scott said Wednesday at the team’s practice facility. “I think his role is pretty defined for us right now. So is his minutes.”

In spite of Kobe Bryant’s 1-for-14 shooting malaise in Tuesday’s rout by the Warriors, coach Byron Scott said Wednesday he hasn’t considered reducing the 37-year-old’s “pretty defined” role.

Bryant, 37, is struggling mightily in his 20th NBA season, during which he’s averaging more shots (a team-high 16.4 field goal attempts per game) than points (15.2). Bryant is second on the team in minutes (30.5) to Jordan Clarkson (30.8).

Scott said he doesn’t believe minutes are taking a toll on Bryant, whose past three seasons have all been cut short by injury.
“Maybe it is, but my opinion, watching him, I don’t think so,” Scott said.

Scott also said he’s not counseling Bryant.

“I’m letting him try to find it for himself,” Scott said. “He’s been doing this for a long time. I’m not so much worried about Kobe. I am concerned about his shooting percentage and shots so far, but so far as knowing him the way I’ve known him and how long he’s played in this league, I’m not worried about him finding it.”

34 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    *Scott can’t cut Kobe’s minutes

  2. tonidhi says:

    I support what Scott is giving Kobe — AFTER ALL DEREK ROSE got all the time with Bulls and even with the U.S,A. team to recover from his injury. I would give this to Kobe as a concession to his greatness in the NBA,

  3. Ruf says:

    It’s a beat down that’s it no question

  4. rickk says:

    KOBES PLAYING FINE HIS SHOT SELECTION IS NOT GOOD RIGHT NOW THATS WHY HIS SHOOTING PERCENTAGE IS LOW COACHES NEED TO ADVISE HIM TO SHOOT CLOSER TO THE BASKET RUN HIM OFF PICKS TO GET HIM IN A
    RHYTHM NO MATTER HOW LONG YOUVE BEEN PLAYING THE GAME COACHES SUPPOSE TO HELP PLAYERS TO UNDERSTAND THERE STRENGHTS AND WEAKNESS WHEN YOUR TRYING TO SHOOT THREES ALL THE TIME IT MAY
    GO WELL IN PRACTICE BUT IN GAMES A DIFFERENT STORY ITS THROWS YOUR ENTIRE OFFENSIVE GAME OFF
    EASIER SHOOTS FORGET ABOUT MAKING THREES A MAJOR PART OF HIS GAME AND HE WILL BE BACK TO THE SAME KOBE THIS MAN STILL HAS GAME U WILL SEE

  5. Jam says:

    Kobe did not play college ball!! Jordan did that the four/Three years differents

    • Michael says:

      You may want to have a look at Jordan’s stat during his final seasons with the Wizards, and compared it to Kobe’s.

  6. Mayank Mistry says:

    Kobe is a weakling, he is overrated and is a poor shooter. I can outplay him

  7. sanjay says:

    west have some moribund teams and GS is having a ball!

  8. Michal says:

    Kobe is not a Lakers problem. They’re playing without defance. Its hard to watching them now, with Kobe or without they didnt do any progress from many years

  9. Objectice says:

    I disagree with Scott. Please do tell Kobe-hogg to shoot more. Kobelovers loves him. The god can do whatever he wants. Good job being the joke of the NBA en bringing a whole franchise down. Its admirable how Fakersfans still claiming he is the best. Selfish to the bone, he just kill the game for his ego. And yes, we’all knew this a longgggg time ago, except he had teammates who could bail him out or blame them when they didn’t succeed#memyselfandI

    • subjective says:

      Haha “memyselfandi”. u can tell lebron fans from reading a few statements huh. Bro let the man ride off in his sunset..he will still have more championships n more heart then balding crying for fouls n overall softie lebron. media are just abt dne with him too once curry davisn durant start stepping up. get over it. Some ppl r great for what they did not what they continue to do which in ur case,is not much cuz lebrob continues to piggy back off not only one superstar but two, for last 5 years. truly great. Hashtag sarcasm.

  10. sports fan says:

    I knew this for awhile and there should be no doubt at all now for delusional Kobe fans that he will retire after this season.

  11. Kevin says:

    Kobe is by far one of the greatest players of all time and he has gone throught this before with the past injuries. You should leave him alone Byron is right it’s not the minutes he’s just in a slump. Even at that age do you think you would be averaging 30 pts. A game? No that’s what I thought. I’m not a huge fan of him but I know with the past players that I admire all have gone through this at least once. So let’s all stop hatin on Kobe.

  12. LOST SOUL says:

    All the greats are so stuborn? the stay longer then they should. eg larry bird should of retired in 1989? he stayed till 92……..magic? 91, he came back in 98………….Jordan? 1998?…….he came back in 2001/02……….Shaq?…….2006?…….he stayed till 2011!!! lol…..Garnet? Peirce? all staying longer then they should……….difference is? kobe still thinks he is the go to guy, him and Jordan at the time while the others accepted there new roles.

  13. lenn says:

    can someone fire scott already

  14. Alan Hollway says:

    You guys who rubbish Kobe Bryant ought to think again. He has been an absolute shooting star. But okay, he is past his prime, but so too are other veterans, in a poor team like the Lakers, Bryant ought to be given the chance to get his groove back, if he doesn’t he deserves the final year to play in peace, this is what he deserves. Yes his scoring is poor but who out there on the lakers roster can you replace him with? Tim Duncan is the only player I know that continues to play at a very good level and deserves to go on until he is 40. Kobe Bryant however has played more years than anyone starting when he was 18, he has a lot of miles on the body and its showing. His last three years have been injury plagued and its not easy. If this is Kobe’s last year, lets lay off him. The lakers have the chance to rebuild in the post Bryant period and maybe it would have helped if Bryant had taken a back seat a year or two ago, but it is what it is. Lets give him respect and see out his final year.

  15. GoLA says:

    Kobe’s bad shot selection is the result from playing with the players his around with. Letting him handle or receiving the ball at precarious instances would result to his low production. Metta compliments Kobe’s style of play and they have not played together. Establish the line up with Kobe and Metta. Surely Byron Scott does not know how to play with the Lakers strengths.

    If you want to develop the young players they should start winning first, let the veterans carry the team, not the other way around. The players playing with Kobe does not know how he plays, you can’t expect them to support Bryant because they are trying to establish themselves.

    If you have more than 10 losing games with your line up, DON’T insist on using it, find a way to win games and do not wait for your line up to win games.

  16. Fabion says:

    Man I think you should put Kobe in the sixth man role. I bet you’ll see him do a lot better. You got young stars on that team let them develop. Your gonna get him hurt again with all of these minutes.

  17. mansour says:

    The Lakers know that they are the worst team with or without Kobe! it is like dating a dumb blonde it does not help but it will not hurt either.

  18. Roos says:

    Man, you guys are funny but true. People act like he’s never shot this terrible before. At some point, he will come out of the slump. If you shoot the ball that much, eventually it will fall.

  19. Kirk Culhane says:

    Leave Mr. Bryant alone. His greatness is not — to be, or not to be — challenged or dissed!

  20. kadirapak says:

    Your too old Kobe, give up already.

  21. Spoiled vino says:

    Michael Jordan stats 40 years old
    20ppg 6.1rpg 3.8apg 44.5FG%

    Kobe Bryant stats 37 years old
    15.2ppg 4.3rpg 3.5apg 31.1FG%

    Funny people still compare the Kobrick to the GOAT.

    1-14, can’t made that up.
    But why am I surprised? This guy shot 6-24 in a game 7 finals and LALA fans kept saying he’s the best.

    • Johnny Franklin says:

      Jordan played 15 seasons in the league. Kobe is in his 20th season. Way more wear and tear on Bryant than Jordan. So of course the stats will be different. If Jordan played as long as Bryant, the stats would be about the same. Think about it.

    • IseeYouCelticsFan says:

      Yeah but he also grabbed 13rebounds and dished for 7 or 8

    • Chris says:

      Maybe you don’t understand that this is Kobe’s 20th season. Jordan was able to play 15 seasons with breaks in between. Kobe went 20 seasons STRAIGHT with injuries and played through a few of those injuries. Other than that who else would we compare with Jordan. NO ONE. There are great players in this league today and in the past but closest we seen? KOBE.

    • Lovins says:

      Thank you, Spoiled Vino, I was going to make a similar comment. I’ve always been a Kobe fan so watching him like this is painful, but still mildly amusing if only for said fanboys who will always say Kobe > MJ. The 20 seasons vs 15 seasons “with breaks” is a dumb argument…you think MJ taking 3 seasons off before playing for the Wizards helped him somehow?? No, he came back with no vertical leap or much of quickness left from not playing competitively for so long. Also, Kobe played 41 total games the 2 seasons prior to this one, so let’s maybe call it 18.5 seasons lol

      Kobe is top 10 all-time for sure, but if you truly know history enough to compare resumes, you’d be foolish to put him ahead of guys like Russell, Magic, Bird, Kareem etc.

      • That Dude says:

        How many of you have ever played in the NBA let alone organized basketball at a high level or even coached a little league basketball team?? What’s the percentage of athletes in the Jordan era who had the same athleticism or as skilled with ball handling and basketball IQ that Jordan had as the players in the Kobe era? Think about these comparisons and KNOW that it’s the NBA before leaving ludicrous remarks, especially if you’ve never played at a high level or coached anything. I see valid points about the lineup changes but all the other stuff is being disrespectful about the game and clearly not understanding on a level of experience…c’mon

  22. davidboos says:

    Sounds like somebody is afraid to have “the talk” with Kobe…

    • DanTheMan says:

      Yes, Bryon Scott is so unimpressive, actually has always been. He is a very very bad coach with a bad personality.
      if you listen to him, you will see a person who seems confident, yet is very trival and outdated

  23. Coach Scott, His Fakers and Kobe Bryant have become the laughing stock of the NBA, well, after the Philadelphia. How can they be put out of their misery? Their games and their articles have become painful to watch and read. It just keeps getting worse and worse and worse….

    • Nick says:

      Then quit watching the 16x champions. No reason to bitch. Close to every team in the NBA could all win for the next 10 yrs and wouldn’t have impacted the NBA like the Lakers have. Lakers just had a 3 peat like 4 yrs ago lol. Just shut up

      • Lovins says:

        Uh, the 3-peat was 2000-2002 and they won 2 in a row 2009-2010. Maybe you should shut up, and do some research before making your comments.