The Black Mamba has always been known for being the Lake Show's leading scorer, with a penchant for dropping anywhere between 30-45 points per game. However, this statistic doesn't come without some criticism.
Despite defending himself, just like he did to ESPN Los Angeles, many fans question his "ball-hog" antics, claiming that he takes so many shots due to a lack of trust in his teammates.
That being said, this season has been one of change.
Averaging 27.9 PPG in 2012-13, Bryant is learning to rely on those around him, including Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard. It seems as though the Mamba is finally realizing that it isn't one man's scoring that wins games but rather the effort of the entire team:
You're just trying to do whatever it takes to win. Trying to figure things out, even if you're adjusting your game as dramatically as I have, it's just doing whatever it takes to get your team to win.
Kobe Bryant, John Krawczynski of the Huffington Post—Feb. 2