Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin has finally opened up his feeling about his team's performance so far this season, and the way he sounds, the Asian-American guard seems already fed up with Kobe Bryant's shot-happy mindset.
In an interview with Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, the 26-year old Lin talked about the main reason why the Lakers are in a deep hole 26 games into the season, believing the team isn't paying too much attention to team play.
Lin, who lost his starting job to Ronnie Price after 20 games, thinks the Lakers should start emulating what the San Antonio Spurs' offensive approach, where everybody touches the ball and finding the open man for better scoring chances.
"Look at San Antonio and what they're able to do with who they have at their stages in their career. It's a lot predicated on a lot of reads, a lot of motion a lot of smart basketball," Lin said in an interview with Lakers Nation right after the Lakers 108-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
"We saw what we're capable of in that San Antonio game. [That] should be our blueprint. Unselfishness is contagious, playing for each other. When we want everybody to succeed it's awesome. When everybody's touching it, feeling it & is moving & everyone's scoring, that's contagious."
Lin's recent comments are believed to be indirectly aimed towards Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who is averaging at least 22 shots per game and shooting 39 percent from the field this season. In the game against the Kings, Bryant scored 25 points on 8-for-30 shooting from the field.
It was not the first time Lin talked about Bryant's propensity to carry the scoring load on his back. The Asian-American star also took a slight dig on the Lakers star after missing a contested jumper that could have won the game in Friday's 104-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"I like game winners too. I would love to shoot some. But I get it. That guy is kind of the king of game winners. He's going to hit that shot. He'll figure it out. That's why he is who he is," Lin said.
Byron Scott, who was tapped to lead the Lakers back to title contention, hasn't publicly opposed Bryant's shot-happy ways and seems to have no problem in seeing Bryant takes 25 to 30 shots per game.
One NBA scout even told Yahoo Sports NBA writer Marc J. Spears of the disgust he feels by watching Bryant taking too many shot attempts in a game, adding the Lakers are playing the wrong way.
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