Consultant wants to see Odom get going and Bryant take better shots.
L.A. Times: Tex Winter always says what he thinks, a privilege he earned way before entering his 61st year of earning a paycheck from basketball.
Now 85, the Lakers’ consultant is a little more removed from the team because he has been battling shingles, but he still has his thoughts and opinions, some of which are surprising, some of which mirror past critiques of Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.
First and foremost, Odom needs to get back on track, Winter said Tuesday in a phone interview before the Lakers played Seattle.
“On that trip, all of a sudden he hit a wall,” he said. “He couldn’t get anything done. I don’t know if he’s trying to do things he’s not used to doing. It’s kind of hard to put your finger on it. Lamar has to be a scorer and a better all-around player. We need that.”
Winter also revisited a constant theme — Bryant’s shot selection.
“He’s playing a scattered game,” Winter said. “He’s taking shots he shouldn’t be taking and passing up shots he should be taking. He’s trying some real tough shots — I wouldn’t say they’re forced because he can hit almost anything — but he’s not hitting them consistently. He should be taking an awful lot of shots in practice.”