Wednesday , Jan , 02 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe feeling good about his game

Despite a 15-15 record, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has good reason to be confident going into tonight’s game against the 76ers.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Even in his 17th season, Bryant hasn’t lost a step.

While Philadelphia goes into tonight’s game against LA having lost eight of their last ten games, the Lakers find themselves in a different position.  Los Angeles has won six of their last seven games, and has scored over 107 points per game over that span, largely due to the ridiculous play of future hall of famer, Kobe Bryant.

At 34 years of age and almost 1200 games under his belt, Bryant is currently the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging 30.1 points per game.  His shooting percentage of 47.8 is a career best and averaging 33.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in December marks his best month ever. 

“This is probably the best I’ve played in a while,” Bryant said.  “I’ve had years the last few years where I’ve felt pretty good but we kept my minutes down so the numbers didn’t look the same, but this year I feel pretty good.”

But his performance as of late (and feeling good) has been no accident.  Bryant is playing 38.7 minutes per game this year, up from the 38.5 he averaged last season, and reportedly lost 16 pounds over the summer.  Despite being one of the older superstars in the league, Kobe is healthier than ever.

“I think it’s just the minutes.  I’m playing more.  And I’m also extremely healthy.  I had a whole summer to really be healthy, to be in shape, to get stronger and I think that has a lot to do with it.  Diet has a lot to do with it, too.  Watching what I eat … I’ve been honest with myself and have cut down on a lot of things and eat very healthy.  It sucks, but it’s worth it,” Bryant admitted.

Philadelphia maintains a 14-17 record overall this season, and has yet to see any production from former Laker Andrew Bynum, who is still sidelined with a knee injury.  Bynum hasn’t played one minute in any game since being traded to the 76ers.

After tonight, the Lakers have their work cut out for them.  Los Angeles’ next five games after New Years Day are against the Clippers, Nuggets, Rockets, Spurs and Thunder.

But don’t count out the Lakeshow.  They still have a 34-years young guy named Kobe.

 

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