Lakers star Kobe Bryant indicated after practice on Thursday that he doesn't think his teammates are helping him improve, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.com.
"I’m supposed to practice and get better," Bryant told general manager Mitch Kupchak. "These motherf---- ain’t doing s--- for me."
Bryant is in his 19th season with the Lakers. The 36-year-old missed most of last season due to injuries.
Over 22 games this season, Bryant is averaging a team-high 25.5 points with 5 rebounds and 4.9 assists. The Lakers are 6-16 and hold a 1/2-game lead on the Minnesota Timberwolves for last place in the Western Conference.
Bryant also made some pointed comments during the practice, the first he has participated in this month.
Kobe during practice: "Is this the type of s--- that’s going on in these practices? Now I see why we’ve lost 20 f---ing games."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 11, 2014
Kobe during practice: "We’re soft like Charmin. We’re soft like s---.”— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 11, 2014
At one point, shooting guard Nick Young, the Lakers' second-leading scorer (14.6), said, "Nobody in the world can guard me one-on-one," to which Bryant responded "You're going exactly where I want you to go."
This is not the first time Bryant has made critical remarks about the team. Last month, in explaining why he takes a lot of shots during games, Bryant said "I’d rather not have to do that, but we can’t just sit back and watch crime happen.”