Kobe Bryant carries the Lakers through a tough season start
BY: PATRICK PHAM
The Los Angeles Lakers season has certainly not gone the way as planned. Even with its newest additions to their squad, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, the Lakers still stand at an overall record of 3-11. At this rate, playoffs seem more than unlikely for them. The good news is Laker legend, Kobe Bryant has given it his all. He’s currently the top leading scorer in the NBA averaging 26.7 points.
Bryant joined the 32,000 point club off a one fade-away shot against the Atlanta Hawks last Tuesday. He’s now about 200 points away from passing Michael Jordan for being third among the all-time NBA scoring leaders. Only fellow Laker legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on top with 38,387 points while Utah legend, Karl Malone is right behind him with 36,928.
The only downside of being the leading scorer means he has to shoot a lot and a record he probably didn’t want to set was the record of most missed shots in an NBA career. Still, coming back from a season ending injuries last year, Bryant has proven he can still hang with the young guns.
So far, Bryant’s highest games are 44, 39, 33, and 31, but those games Bryant scored the most, Lakers lost. Opening night was a disaster for them as their first draft pick, Julius Randle suffered a leg injury against the Houston Rockets causing him to miss the rest of the season.
Even with the troubles the Lakers have had, they recently won their first back-to-back game of the season against the Rockets and the Hawks. Their other win was against the Charlotte Hornets.
There isn’t much Laker fans can be excited for this season besides the return of Bryant and Nick Young. Other than that this season hasn’t gone too well.