Things aren’t looking very good for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, they’re looking very, very bad. On Tuesday night, they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, a team on a 28-game losing streak. A team that had not won a regular season basketball game since last March. If this isn’t the nadir of the Lakers season, well then, I cringe at what lies ahead.
Speaking of what lies ahead, let’s talk for a second about Kobe Bryant, a.k.a. The Black Mamba, arguably one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen. He is having a bad shooting season. That’s the nice way of saying he’s well on his way to shooting less than 30 percent from the field in 2015-16. He has yet to make more than seven field goals in a game. In his last five outings, he is 25-102. That’s bad, very bad.
On Tuesday night against the Sixers, Kobe isolated against Hollis Thompson with 10 seconds left on the shot clock. What happened next perfectly captures why the Lakers aren’t good and why Kobe is retiring.
Kevin Durant recently went off on the media for their treatment of Kobe Bryant, saying, “You guys treated one of our legends like sh*t, and I didn’t really like it.” If you can’t constructively criticize a man who goes 7-26 from the field in a loss to the NBA’s worst team, then, well, let’s just give up writing about basketball entirely.