Kobe Bryant not worried about finding his shot
Kobe Bryant may have shot 28.2% from the field and 17% from three-point range during the exhibition season, but he claimed after practice Wednesday that he's not worried about his shot.
It looked as if Bryant should have been worried at the beginning of Tuesday night's season opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
Bryant made his first shot, but missed his next four, finishing the first half one for five.
But then again, Bryant may be right not to be worried.
He was seven for 15 from the field in the second half, eight for 20 for the game.
"Do you really have to worry about me finding my shot?" Bryant said, a stern look on his face when he was asked that question.
Bryant didn't practice Wednesday so he could rest his right knee, on which he had surgery over the summer.
Theo Ratliff (sore left knee), Luke Walton (strained right hamstring) and Andrew Bynum (right knee) also didn't practice Wednesday.
Bryant said he trusted making the pass to new teammate Steve Blake during Tuesday night's game.
Blake took Bryant's pass and made a three-pointer with 18.8 seconds left to give the Lakers a 112-110 lead.
"I've seen him play for years now," Bryant said. "I"ve seen him hit big shots before. I know he's not scared of the moment, he won't shy away from the moment."
The Lakers will practice again Thursday before boarding a flight to Phoenix to play the Suns on Friday night.
-- Broderick Turner