It seemed Kobe Bryant got really angry with himself. So much so, he had to take a leave from a Lakers practice sessions.
The chief Los Angles Lakers’ guard was “unable to sleep away” his troubles. After Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, he was quite critical of his own performance and left the game with a sour mood.
Apparently, his troubles started to haunt him when he shot 3-for-15 from the field against the Mavericks last Sunday. Bryant’s general demeanor didn’t seem all right as he looked “really angry” and Lakers head coach Byron Scott had to give him a day off. Scott suggested that he should take the whole day off on Monday and return to the Laker’s facility on Tuesday morning.
ESPN quoted Scott saying, “I knew how frustrated he was last night. I said, I just want to see you Tuesday morning. I want him to just take a day off, just to get away from it a little bit,” Scott continued. “He’ll be ready tomorrow.”
“I said, just stay away from the gym today,” Scott said after the team’s practice on Monday. “Just spend some time with your kids and family and get basketball off your mind for 24 hours if you can — which I don’t think he can — and then come in tomorrow fresh and we’ll go from there.”
CBS Sports suggested that he was struggling to get back in form as he reportedly said, “I freaking suck”. Bryant exclaimed, “I just can’t make a shot” as he missed 12 of 15 shots while scoring 15 points.
The 37-year-old has been struggling with injuries and might look to take some rest as it would do him a world of good. Scott wasn’t sure how to deal with Bryant this season. When asked about Bryant’s playing time, Scott he didn’t look at the schedule for the whole season and said, “I’m just taking it one game at a time right now.”