SACRAMENTOKobe Bryant made a handful of half-court shots Thursday in a playful competition with teammates and assistant coach Chuck Person, but the Lakers star wont make so much as a layup against Sacramento.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown said Bryant would sit out the teams final regular-season game and concede the NBA scoring title to Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant.
Bryant needed 38 points to surpass Durant for what would have been his third scoring title. Durant averaged 28.0 points per game, a tick above Bryants 27.9.
Bryant has scored 38 points or more seven times this season.
Brown said he asked the 33-year-old Bryant how old he would have had to be to want to go for the scoring title and the star shooting guard told him he wouldnt have gone for it at any age.
To make his point, Bryant told Brown about the game in December 2005 when Bryant single-handedly outscored the Dallas Mavericks, 62-61, through three quarters. Asked by then-Lakers Coach Phil Jackson if he wanted to go back i...