ESPN.com ranked Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant as the 93rd-best player in the NBA before the 2015-16 season, but just three games in, the Black Mamba himself says he's nowhere near that good right now.
The Lakers dropped to 0-3 on the season with a 103-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Bryant put up 15 points in 31 minutes in the game, but his 3-of-15 shooting marked another rough night. The 37-year-old guard is just 16-of-51 (31.4 percent) from the field and 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) from three-point range through three games.
Just look at this play against the Mavericks:
That's certainly not the Kobe Bryant we are used to seeing.
After the Lakers' latest loss, Bryant didn't try to make excuses for his slow start. He even went so far as to say he's "playing like s--t," "freaking sucks right now" and is the "200th-best player in the NBA."
Yeah, he's not pleased with his play so far.
To be fair, Bryant is still trying to get into a rhythm after missing most of the past two seasons with injuries. Some players might use that as an excuse, but not the Mamba. If he's healthy enough to be on the court, the five-time champion expects results. Right now, he's just not getting them.
[Lakers Nation, Vine]