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.”

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  • ab4sure

    WTF, what does this old man know about basketball??? He just wishes he could play like Kobe. In fact, he is probably doesn’t know jack about basketball, this old SOB. “kobe should be taking alot of practice shots???” Who the hell does he think he is???

    What??? You say he designed the triangle??? The same triangle offense that the bulls and lakers used for 9 championships???
    My Bad!!!!!!! Sorry Tex, YOU THE MAN!!!!!!!

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    yeah, PJ should give JC some playing time instead of SV. I think it would be great to see 2 PGs in the backcourt for the 2nd unit! :)

  • PHANTOM

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    u must have a split personality or something? why don’t u come down!!!!

  • ab4sure

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    its calm down… and i usually don’t correct english but you say those words constantly, and I knew you would be the one to not get what i said…lmao

  • LakersFirst

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    HAHA – It is funny that PHANTOM is the one who understood your sarcasm, because he was probably thinking exactly what you wrote, LOL.

  • BEC

    “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.”

    The problem with Kobes shot selection is right there in his statement, KOBE CAN HIT ANYTHING. Kobes just that d*** confident/that cocky in his abilities, that he thinks he can make every shot, and should. He thinks hes just that good and if he thinks he can make it, he’ll take it. His shot selection will only improve if he has capable players around him. Other than that his shot selection will always be bad at times. Thats nothing new, either way his positive abilities far outweigh the negative. As for Kobe taking more shots in practice, seems a little strange to me. Kobe has always been known as one of if not the hardest working player in the NBA and to say he needs to practice more seems a little odd, but then again Tex does have a closer view of Kobe and his game.