Kobe: “I’d be shooting 40 [times a game if Chris Paul was a Laker]“

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In Sunday’s loss at Denver, Kobe Bryant went 6-28 from the field as the Lakers fell to the Nuggets 99-91.

Immediately following the game many people criticized Bryant for shooting too much. Gasol and Bynum had an advantage down low. The Lakers big men combined 56% from the field. Kobe finished shooting a mere 21%

ESPN’s Rick Reilly recently sat down with Kobe and asked him about the criticism, and the people that say he shoots too much:

“Look, I’ve played 15 years. I’ve won world championships. I’ve done all these things. And people still want to talk about this stupid-a** [stuff]? I’m a scorer first … I’ll try to make the good play, the good pass, kick it out when my teammates are open, but I’m a scorer first. I may shoot 27 times. I may shoot 20 times. Nobody complains when I shoot 10 times. You don’t hear ME complaining when I shoot 10 times. It just depends on the game, you know?”

During the interview it seemed as Reilly was playing the role of devils advocate. Kobe seemed to always have a comeback.

The most interesting quote from Kobe came when he was asked about Chris Paul:

“Chris would’ve created shots for me. I wouldn’t be shooting 29 times a game. I’d be shooting 40. Man, what would people be saying THEN?”

Bryant was also asked if he would try the experimental procedure in Germany on his wrist. The same experimental version of platelet-rich plasma therapy that he had done on his knee. ”I’m looking into that right now,” Bryant said.