Posted March 29, 2013

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni frustrated with Kobe Bryant’s one-on-one play

Mike-D'Antoni (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mike D’Antoni was critical of the Lakers playing “too much one-on-one” in Thursday’s loss to the Bucks. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Before Kobe Bryant left Milwaukee’s Bradley Center on crutches with a bone spur in his left foot, coach Mike D’Antoni was visibly frustrated with his play during the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Bucks Thursday night.

According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register:

With Steve Nash and Bryant both moving gingerly after halftime, the Bucks took the lead in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth. D’Antoni was visibly frustrated with Bryant — who despite not moving his feet well was not moving the ball late in the third quarter. D’Antoni responded by calling a pick play with Pau Gasol to encourage Bryant to pass the ball.

D’Antoni conducted his entire postgame news gathering with his arms crossed, dropping more hints about Bryant being a ball-stopper.

Referring to the Lakers having a 13-point lead and then squandering it, D’Antoni said: “Just play the game. We try to go a little bit too much one-on-one.”

Bryant scored 30 points in the game on 6-of-17 field-goal shooting and made 18-of-20 free throws to climb within four points of Wilt Chamberlain for No. 4 on the all-time NBA scoring chart.

D’Antoni and center Dwight Howard previously refused to place blame on Bryant’s ball-handling decisions in Sunday’s loss to the Wizards.

ConnerTony 1 Like

Kobe has been will be a ball hog for most of his career....very selfish player!

WW NYC 1 Like

When the pressure is on, Kobe specializes in "give and go" . That is, GIVE me the ball and GO to hell. 

bobalonge 1 Like

I made a comment a few months ago that Kobe was the problem with the Lakers and several people responded like I was blaspheming God. I restate the same today, but now it appears his coach agrees and his teammates are still too afraid to say the Emporor does not have clothes on. Kobe is the problem!

TA1 1 Like

It has been going on all year.  When Kobe wants to play as a member of the team, the Lakers are quite good, but that ego of trying to outdo MJ is ruining his teams' chances...


Kobe won't like this.  Not a good career move, Mike.