Yep, the window is unfortunately dwindling and his mindset is taking a toll


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We get it, Kobe Bryant is on the tail (very tail end) of his career, Lakers taking losses out the wazoo and the hope for Kobe Bryant going out in a blaze of glory is far from emphatic. But, when you have an all-time great like Kobe expressing problems very candidly and not showing an ounce of his killer edge can be a bit disheartening, even for the greatest Kobe fan. According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, Kobe expressed:

“I’m not really worried about it, honestly,” Bryant said. “My shooting will be better. I could’ve scored 80 tonight. It wouldn’t have made a damn difference. We just have bigger problems. I could be out there averaging 35 points a game. We’d be what, 3-11? We’ve got to figure out how to play systematically in a position that’s going to keep us in ballgames.”

“In all honesty, it was tough, the shots that I take, pullup shots and jumpers and contested jumpers — those are tough shots to hit at 27,” Bryant said. “It’s very tough to hit at 37. I’ve got to do a better job of demanding some help off the ball, get some easier chances — pin-downs, picks, catch-and-shoots, things of that nature. Tonight was just very frustrating. It kind of got the better of me.”

Now Kobe does have a point, his shooting was deplorable and was one of the worst shooting nights he’s ever had in his career at 1-of-14 from the field, but to some regard, the team is still young. Relatively young. A collective unit in Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle make up the realistic dreams of championship pursuits down the line, but right now it’s a nightmare. Hopefully, this can turn around and Kobe can in fact go out like the true champion he is, but it will take time.

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