News New Pass-First Kobe Bryant: "I just imagine my teammates' hands are little baskets I'm shooting at"
"Look, it's no secret that I have long preferred to take a lot of shots," said Bryant. "But who says I always have to shoot at the basket?"
Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said he pulled Bryant aside last week and pitched him on changing his approach.
"I put my hands together and made a circle and asked Kobe: 'What do you see?'" said D'Antoni. "He said: 'You making a circle with your hands for some reason. Why are you wasting my time?' And then before he walked away I said: 'What if I told you this was a tiny basketball hoop you could shoot at?' His eyes immediately brightened."
D'Antoni then immediately held a practice with an enthusiastic Bryant in which Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and the rest of the Lakers made their hands into little hoops. "Shoot, Kobe, shoot!" D'Antoni implored. "Put it up every time! Live your dream!"
It was the best Laker practice of the year.
"I really liked shooting at the hand hoops," says Bryant. "My field goal percentage really went up. The hand hoops kind of catch my shots even if they're a little off target. The rim never does that. It's pretty neat."
Dwight Howard is a professional basketball player who makes $19.54 million per year.
Maybe he just got too annoyed by Adam Sandler and wanted to leave.
Similarly, Mike D'Antoni is a fake coach.
With bacteria on the assist!
How dare they speak ill of national hero Steve Nash?
Maybe it was 0-for-4. No shame there.