EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kobe has morphed into "Magic Mamba."
"He's always had the ability," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, whose team will play host to the Lakers on Tuesday night, said of Bryant's recent run of assists.
"His game is such that he can can play at least three positions, easily point, 2 or 3, without any problem," Carlesimo said. "He's had games where he's had tons of assists, tons of rebounds, tons of points.
"Kobe is easily one of the most versatile players in the league with the things he can do with the basketball, so no, I am never surprised. Kobe could have a game where he has 17 assists and they win going away, and he doesn't get double-digit points. It won't happen too often, but he can be that kind of facilitator if it's needed."
For his career, Bryant has scored 30,813 points, while dishing out 5,677 assists. He averaged a career-high 6.0 assists per game in 2004-05.
Nets guard MarShon Brooks always looks forward to matching up against Bryant, the player he idolized growing up.
"I don't think I'll ever get over that, you know?" Brooks said. "Just looking forward to it."