Kobe Bryant: Lakers Nation will soon be ‘laughing at Warriors fans’
Kobe Bryant says the growing pains LeBron James and the Lakers have endured for much of this season are a necessary evil but that they will square things away soon enough.
Bryant, speaking at the Lakers’ annual “All-Access” event at Staples Center on Monday, said they have “a determination to figure it out.”
“They will figure it out,” Bryant said. “They have talented pieces and (Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka) has put them in position with incredible flexibility. They will figure it out.
So, enjoy the journey because we’ll be champions before you know it, and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”
Bryant said James’ approach to his maiden voyage with the Lakers is not conducive to long-term success but that it was needed at this stage in the team’s development.
“It’s a test of Bron’s patience and also doing what he needs to do to keep the team’s head above water,” Bryant told Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill MacDonald at the “All-Access” event.
“So, it’s a balancing act. They were struggling, Bron got the ball, took control, decided to start playing point, doing everything, doing everything.
“That’s not the recipe for winning championships by no means, but it is a recipe to keep your head above water, to give yourself a little breathing room and now it’s going back to teaching how to play the way that we want to play.”
L.A. started the season 2-5, prompting Lakers team president of basketball operations Magic Johnson to dress down coach Luke Walton in an intense closeddoor meeting.
Since then, the Lakers have stabilized and steadily climbed the standings, ranking No. 5 in the Western Conference with a record of 14-9 heading into Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.