Let’s clear something up. No-one should learn shot selection by looking at Kobe Bryant game video. The man took an insane number of difficult shots when he had a passing option. The Spurs preach passing up a good shot for a better shot. Kobe wouldn’t pass a bad shot by Kobe for a decent shot by a teammate a lot of times.
The thing is, Kobe sincerely believed that the shot he was taking was better than passing the ball. That strength of conviction was what got him to 5 NBA championships, 2 Finals MVPs, one regular-season MVP and a long list of other achievements. That’s why being a Laker in Kobe’s era wasn’t for everyone.
While on “All the smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Lou Williams let his guard down and shared an interesting locker room story with Kobe:
“[Kobe Bryant] is going to be mad at me for this but we got blown out in Portland and he came in the locker room and he said, ‘From now on, every time down the court, I touch the ball. Y’all are going to learn what it’s like to play with Kobe Bean Fuc—- Bryant,’ We had just gotten the sh– kicked out of us and Kobe wasn’t going for it.”
You know it was serious when Nick Young told everyone they better do it. Shaq was the only guy who had the power to have a signal for the whole team to ice Kobe. Once Shaq left, everyone knew who was the only sheriff in town.