notorious this isn't aim at you btw, but I'm just going to point it out.
I absolutely hate when people give players shitty excuses as to why they were playing poorly during any stretch. it isn't reasonable to give an athlete that is paid millions and expected to play at the highest standard some type of weak excuse. Yes you never know when you might benched, or traded, or cut, etc, unless you're a superstar, but that's no reason to fuck up what you're expected to do. Over the last few years we've had plenty of promising shooters come to the Lakers that were supposed to help us spread the floor. They all shot well before coming and some, like Barnes(he did fine on the Lakers too, I really liked him tbh), have done well after leaving, but for some reason they all fail where we need them most. As an athlete you can't let pressures like this get to you and you have to have that mentality that you're out there to fulfill your role, whatever role that might be.
"Kobe first injured this shoulder in the preseason, according to sources. Has been playing w/ it all year. It just got worse last night"
After suffering the injury, he simply started shooting with his left hand rather than leaving the game.