After the Lakers 111-77 shellacking by the Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant had a PHILosophical take on his abysmal 1-14 shooting performance.
“I feel okay. Just pissed. Just frustrated with what were doing,” Bryant said after the game. “It bothered me. So I got out of my Zen.”
There is a bit of irony in Bryant embracing Phil Jackson’s philosophy, which at one time he found boring and restrictive to his game.
As Bryant struggles through the 20th season of his career averaging 15 points shooting 31% from the field, he no longer has the comfort of the Triangle Offense at his disposal. Bryant thrived in that system which got him to his sweet spots on the court. It also helped him get open shots without having to beat defenders one-on-one, a daunting task now at his age.
The Lakers passed on re-rehiring Jackson in 2012 in leu of Mike D’Antoni.
This current Lakers team still hasn’t grasped their offensive philosophy, making it difficult on the 37-year old Tex Winter disciple.
“The way I played, the way I shot, blowing coverages defensively, coming down offensively and not having concept of what we’re trying to do,” Bryant exclaimed.
It is difficult enough for Bryant to be effective on offense with his age and mileage. What has made it worst is the Lakers inability to establish balance, something Jackson routinely preached.