Bryant is 13 missed shots from breaking John Havlicek's all-time
"I don't care about that crap and I'm sure he doesn't either," Scott said after the Lakers' shoot-around. "I don't mean to cut you off, but to me it speaks of his aggressiveness and his longevity."
Havlicek missed 13,417 shots in 1,270 career games with Boston. Bryant will play in his 1,252nd game tonight. He did not talk to reporters after the shoot-around, which is not unusual for him.
"I think John was a pretty damn good basketball player back in the day," Scott said, aware that
Other players who missed a lot of career shots were Elvin Hayes (13,296),
Scott had more to say on the subject, scolding critics of Bryant's shot volume who popped up again last week after his 37-shot, 39-point effort in a 112-106 loss to Phoenix.
"It's almost damned if you do, damned if you don't. The games that he don't take shots, people ask why didn't he take more shots," Scott said. "He can't win neither way, which is unbelievable to me for a guy who gives it everything he's got every single time he's on the floor.
"It's unfortunate because he is one of the greatest competitors that we've seen in a long time. I take all that stuff with a grain of salt and I'm sure he does too because the bottom line to him is championships."
Bryant, 36, entered this season with career shooting accuracy of 45.4% but is only 39.4% through six games this season.