He had just accumulated the 21st triple-double of his career, a 23-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist endeavor Tuesday against Denver. Time to wag the finger, Dikembe Mutombo style.
He wasn't angry at all — the
"I don't know why it's so hard for you guys to understand that. No, I really don't," he said. "Like, it's fascinating to me. When [teammates] are open, they make shots, it's easy. I sit back.
"When they don't and we're down 15 or something points, I try to get it going. Sometimes I make them. Sometimes I don't. When I don't, you think it's because I'm not passing the ball. It's really that simple. You guys have a very hard time understanding that for some reason."
Then he turned to the reporter who asked the question.
"Not you," he said. "I follow who's slow and who's not."
Since returning from a three-game rest, Bryant has taken 21 shots while handing out 18 assists. Before he went on his week-long sabbatical, he was averaging 4.6 shots for every assist.
He said he spent some time analyzing his game while he was sidelined. He promised to not try to blow past people anymore. He wanted to get to his spots in the post and back people down.
And, sure, be more of a distributor.
It was easy to believe after watching the last two games, especially Tuesday.
“They double-teamed him from the tip,”
"He just got everybody involved. Guys got great shots, wide-open shots, layups. That set the tone for the whole game."
Boozer had 19 points and