MIAMI A new Kobe Bryant supposedly has emerged in recent weeks for the Los Angeles Lakers. But not for LeBron James.
He believes hes the same old Kobe.
James, the Miami Heat star, couldn't care less that the Lakers star recently had a run of 39 assists in three games and 56 over five. Hes doesnt buy that Bryant all of a sudden has become a facilitator.
Do I buy that? No, James said. He told you all before, hes a scorer. He said it every day, Im a scorer and this is what I do. So I dont buy it. No. You guys (the media) buy it, though. I see how you all go, '(48) assists in four games,' whatever. You guys are going crazy about that. I dont buy that. Hes a scorer.
So James wont be expecting the Lakers shooting guard to be dishing off too much when he runs into him Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Indeed, Bryants passing has fallen off in the past week after his five-game streak of averaging 11.2 a game ended Feb. 1. Since then, Bryant has averaged 4.3 assists in four games.