KOBE Bryant talked about the frustration with the Los Angeles Lakers' latest loss at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, 109-120, and what is basically a young team learning from its mistakes.
"The pressure is on everyone to try and fix things, so you have to communicate and teach and be better next time," Bryant told the Associated Press in a post-game interview. "You can't get emotional about it. You've got to get technical about it."
The 37-year old Bryant had 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, doing little to end his slump. Moved to the small forward position, the former NBA MVP is currently third on the team in terms of scoring with a 15.8 clip but is only shooting 32.3 percent from the field and 20.6% from beyond the arc.
Bryant bemoaned his play two days ago in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and the 20-year veteran took Monday off practice (Tuesday, Manila time) to clear his mind.
Kobe didn't seem as bothered about his offensive play despite three airballs, saying he's looking forward to the Lakers' upcoming road trip as a chance to build chemistry while working on team defense.
A calm and composed Bryant agreed that the team has to improve on defense and be able to recognize formations and sets in order for them to know what adjustments to make.
The Lakers will soon be playing 20 of their next 24 games on the road, a situation with a silver lining according to Bryant, who is playing in his 20th NBA season.
“There’s a different energy (on the road). It’s going to be us against the world. We may actually play better.”
Asked regarding Lakers fans who were "freaking out," Bryant responded, "Freak out. It's good for the soul."