OAKLAND –The moves looked so precise, repetitive and efficient as Kobe Bryant navigated around the court. He caught entry passes in the post before displaying his well-timed footwork to create favorable angles toward the basket. Bryant moved around the perimeter with ease as he hoisted 3-pointers with the same elevation, form and follow through. The Lakers’ 37-year-old star then went in the paint and perfected a series of hook shots with both his right and left hand.
As Bryant took these countless shots from all over the court, most of them sailed into the basket. Some rimmed out. Some fell short. But soon enough, Bryant hoisted more shots that then swished into the hoop. It looked like Bryant finally discovered his old self.
But there was one problem: Bryant completed and perfected this routine in pre-game warmups. No where did Bryant show any of his beauty in the Lakers’ 111-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at the Oracle Arena. Instead, Bryant posted four points on a 1-of-14 clip, including a 1-of-7 mark from 3-point range. It could have been worse had Bryant logged more than 24 minutes, 41 seconds through three quarters.
“They were [crappy],” Bryant said. “In all honesty, it’s tough. The shots that I take in pull up shots and jumpers and contested jumpers, those are tough shots to hit at 27. They’re very tough to hit at 37.”
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