L.A. Times: What’s wrong with Kobe Bryant? Nothing. That’s what Phil Jackson said Friday.
Bryant’s stats are down this season, but the Lakers’ coach isn’t overly worried despite characterizing Bryant’s game as “bothersome” earlier this week.
Jackson sees nothing wrong physically with Bryant, who says he feels fine.
Said Jackson: “I can usually tell by the walk that he has in a game at some point after he’s played 30 or 35 minutes what condition he is [in]. I think he’s being honest about this. He looks good. He’s totally in touch.”
At the same time, Jackson said Bryant was struggling at the start of games because the Lakers were feeding Pau Gasol down low.
“Kobe’s the kind of guy that’s a streak player. And Pau’s a guy that gets us going,” Jackson said. “We like to attack inside. Our size is important.
“A lot of time Kobe sits back and doesn’t get enough opportunities and then to get going, he needs to have some shots to do so. And he hasn’t been clicking on those right away. It takes him a while to get himself going offensively. So we’d like, and he’d like, to get himself going earlier. I’m going to try and get that accomplished as we go along here.”