Phil Handy explains why Kobe Bryant didn’t pass the ball to certain teammates during career with Lakers

Peter Dewey
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Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy explained why the legendary Kobe Bryant didn’t pass to certain teammates during his playing career.

Bryant, who tragically passed away in January of 2020, is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, but the Hall of Famer was criticized for not allowing his teammates opportunities to score at times.

Handy explained Bryant’s mentality on a recent appearance on the All the Smoke podcast.

Bryant’s insane work ethic is well-documented, and it helped him win five NBA titles with the Lakers during his historic career.

Bryant attempted 19.5 shots per game for his career, but he also averaged 25.0 points per game.

While some may view Bryant’s mentality as a selfish attitude, it is clear from his career accomplishments that he did everything in his career in the name of winning.

The Lakers franchise certainly would not have been as successful as it was if Bryant decided to take a back seat to other players during his career.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.