He called himself the “200th best player” of the league the previous day. Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott gave Kobe Bryant a day off in the practice session on Monday. A struggling and “really angry” Bryant also described himself as a player who “freaking suck.”
“I said, just stay away from the gym today,” Scott said. “Just spend some time with your kids and family and get basketball off your mind for 24 hours if you can — which I don’t think he can — and then come in tomorrow fresh and we’ll go from there.”
The Lakers lost their Sunday encounter against the Dallas Mavericks to concede three games in a row. Bryant scored 15 points but missed 12 of his 15 shots, the prime reason behind his frustration.
“I just can’t make a shot,” Bryant revealed after Sunday’s game. The veteran superstar is currently averaging 17.3 points, at 31.3 percent shooting from the floor. His shooting percentage from the 3-point range is 20.7.
“He’s going to get to the Kobe that we know,” Scott said. “It’s just three games into the season. It’s still very early.” The Lakers coach also added, “He’s frustrated. He’s just one of those guys that he expects a lot more out of himself than most people. He’s very hard on himself.”