Kobe Bryant has totaled 48 assists over the Los Angeles Lakers’ last four games, and has received an excessive amount of praise for his newfound distributing skills.
How long can Bryant keep this up? This is the same guy who eclipsed double digit assists in a game just once before he dished out 14 dimes against the Utah Jazz in game where he only scored 14 points on 7-10 shooting.
Kobe Bryant had more assists than shot attempts in a game. And he did it the very next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (21 points on 8-12, 14 assists), too. Is this the twilight zone?
What I do admire about Bryant is his willingness to do whatever it takes to win. He tweeted this at 6am the next morning after his performance against the Jazz:
Whatever it takes. 14 assist. 10 reb or 40 points. Gotta get it done by any means necessary #countonnoexcuses
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2013
Opposing players, Bryant’s teammates, and especially the media have blown this whole Kobe-passing-thing out of proportion, though. Making his teammates better and getting them open shots is something that the NBA hasn’t seen from Bryant, really ever, in his illustrious career. He has always been an elite scorer, but never a distributor.
LeBron James puts on this type of performance nearly every single night. In six games this season, James has dished out 10+ assists, which is five more times than Bryant has done it. James is averaging 7.1 APG, and it is a shame that he doesn’t get the same amount of credit that Bryant is getting.
Bryant starts doing what James does every game, and the NBA universe goes wild over it. I just don’t understand why.