Lakers’ Kobe Bryant calls out teammates after Trail Blazers loss
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant took a moment out of his farewell tour to call out his teammates for poor performance and what he sees as an attitude problem, reports Mark Medina of the Los Angeles News Group.
After the team’s 121–103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, Bryant talked to the team for about two minutes in the locker room, specifically going after rookie D’Angelo Russell and second-year big man Julius Randle for smiling following the loss.
Bryant was also visibly upset after Randle missed two rebounds late in the third quarter, leading to a Damian Lillard three.
“We just weren’t defending,” Randle told LANG.
The Lakers are currently last in the Western Conference with a 9–37 record. Bryant is averaging 15.8 points and 3.5 assists in 29.1 minutes.