Lakers News: Rounding Up Latest from Los Angeles on Kobe Bryant and More

Let’s call a spade a spade—the Los Angeles Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA, and the most interesting thing about their season will be tracking Kobe Bryant’s production and his pursuit of some of the top scorers in NBA history. 

The only way for Bryant to catch Michael Jordan for the third-most career points is by shooting the ball, and he is doing just that at an astronomical level.

Bryant’s shot chart isn’t the only news to come out of Los Angeles early in the season. Read on to see the latest Lakers updates before they strive for their first win of the season on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets.


Kobe Bryant Posting Historic Shot Attempt Numbers 

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders pointed out that Bryant is on pace to take a ridiculous amount of shots this season:

Considering the Lakers are not going to make the playoffs and Bryant is less than 500 points behind Jordan for third on the all-time scoring list, there may be some motivation to keep chucking. Plus, it’s not as if Bryant is taking shots away from All-NBA caliber teammates.

It should come as no surprise that Bryant is leading the league with 27.6 points a game, but he is only shooting 40.2 percent from the field. Ideally, the efficiency numbers will improve when we have a more substantive sample size because it is difficult to win when your star player shoots a low percentage.

This is nothing new for Bryant, who is the NBA’s active leader with 24,496 field-goal attempts and has led the league in shots in six different seasons.

Coach Byron Scott seemed to put the onus on Bryant’s teammates to be more aggressive, via Baxter Holmes of ESPN Los Angeles:

I think there was a timeout last game where I pointed at Kobe and I said, 'I know how great this guy is, but you guys h...

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