The LA Lakers finished their 2013-2014 season with a 27-55 record under Mike D’Antoni.
Kobe Bryant played only six games that season, suffering achilles tendon injury, and was forced to watch the games from the sidelines.
This year, Bryant is healthy, he’s not yet showing any signs of being “done”, however the Lakers are struggling even more under new coach Byron Scott, than they did last season.
Chauncey Billups, who has recently retired himself from the NBA, believes Bryant should be motivating himself differently this year.
“I think you kind of have to re-assess your goals, and what you want to do,” Billups said recently on ESPN’s First Take.”For Kobe, and he knows, that this is going to be a tough season for the Lakers, however it is not going to change his philosophy of what he’s trying to do.
So what is Kobe Bryant trying to do? Billups believes it’s not about the Lakers right now.
“I think he’s chasing Michael Jordan on that scoring list, and after he scratches off Jordan, he will be looking for Karl Malone,” Billups said. “You have to find a way to motivate yourself. You’ve got to go out there and chase something, and I think that’s what Kobe is chasing.
Billups said Bryant might also be chasing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – the leading scorer in NBA history, but he’s not sure Bryant will get that far.
On the NBA’s All-Time scoring list, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed first with 38,387 career points. Utah’s power forward Karl Malone is second with 36,928 points. Michael Jordan is third with 32,292 points.
Kobe Bryant is fourth with 31,929, and he’s still playing. If he doesn’t suffer another serious injury, he should be able to surpass Jordan on that list. He already left behind two legendary centers – Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points) and his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal (28,596).
“In my opinion, it is all about his legacy,” Chauncey Billups said. “Nobody really will remember, 10 years from now, that the Lakers were bad this season.”
“Make no mistake – he’s not happy. Not happy at all. But that’s not going to change how he goes and competes every single night,” Billups said.
Throughout his NBA career, Billups himself played for Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, NY Knicks, and LA Clippers.
He played a total of 1043 NBA games (started in 937), averaging 15.2 ppg, 5.4 apg, shooting 89 percent from free throw line, in 31.6 mpg. Billups helped the Detroit Pistons win an NBA championship in 2003-04, and was named the Finals MVP. He also played in 5 All-Star games.Follow @exnbadotcom
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