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All of a sudden, Kobe Bryant went from scoring the ball a great deal to passing it a lot, much like a certain Wilt Chamberlain did back in the day.
As Dave McMenamin points out, over the past five games, Kobe is averaging 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 11.2 assists. Not bad.
It may be a small sample size of five games, but Bryant has pretty much gone from leading the league in scoring for the first 42 games of the season, to leading the league in assists as soon as he decided to take on that role.
It brings to mind another all-time great, Wilt Chamberlain, who incredibly decided to lessen his scoring in 1967-68 and wound up leading the NBA in assists as a center.
So, how can Kobe go from being the best scorer in the league to the best passer, at least statistically?
“That shows that I’m versatile, obviously,” Bryant said. “If I put my mind to it, I can do it. It just comes from playing the game at an early age, I guess. I’m able to do a myriad of things.”
Let’s see if he can keep it up.