While Kobe Bryant was furious plenty almost his functioning in addition to then far this flavor to accept Mon off, LeBron James isn't taking the Lakers star's struggles as well seriously.
James laughed when asked almost Bryant's pitiable functioning in addition to harsh self-criticism in addition to told the Akron Beacon Journal, "He knows he don't suck."
"What I encounter is a challenge to himself," James told the newspaper. "It has cipher to make amongst his age. Zero. I intend at 1 betoken inwards my career, inwards my 20s, I felt similar I sucked. It's all a personal challenge."
Bryant, 37, called himself "the 200th-best thespian inwards the league correct now" on Dominicus afterward struggling inwards a tertiary direct first to opened up the regular season, his 20th amongst the Lakers.
"I freaking suck," Bryant said afterward the Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
Through the Lakers' 0-3 start, Bryant averaged 17.3 points per game but shot 31.3 percentage from the floor, including 20.7 percentage from 3-point range. In Los Angeles' 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, he scored eleven points on 4-for-11 shooting (36.4 percent), including 1-for-5 (20 percent) from 3-point range.
Bryant recorded to a greater extent than fouls (five) than plain goals, air-balled 2 3-pointers in addition to had some other shot that failed to depict iron.
"[Been] sitting for xxx minutes, man," he said when asked almost those shots. "Coming into the game a piddling tight."
Where make the Lakers get from here?
"We only buy the farm on working," jitney Byron Scott said. "That's all nosotros tin do."
Scott added: "He'll figure it out. Kobe is the final individual that I anxiety about."
James isn't worried almost Bryant, either.
"I know him. He knows he don't suck," James said. "C'mon, man, it's Kobe Bryant. But it's a personal challenge to him. That's all that is."
ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes contributed to this report.