New Lakers coach Byron Scott thinks Kobe Bryant could average 20 points per game on “one leg.” And since Kobe is expected to play on both legs this season, Scott is expecting a bit more than that. Talking to The Post Game, Coach Scott added five rebounds and five assists to what he thinks Kobe will routinely produce come fall. That’s right around Bryant’s career averages of 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
So Byron Scott thinks the 36-year-old Kobe Bryant will be pretty much as effective as the 26-year-old Kobe Bryant. Scott’s not alone in thinking that the indomitable Bryant is going to “surprise a lot of people.” The Lakers are paying their superstar $30 million in 2014. Byron Scott used the word “excited” repeatedly in the interview. It’s exciting and “good to coach a team with Kobe Bryant on it–a driven Kobe Bryant,” he said. Historically, it has been.