Kobe Bryant: Lak­ers Na­tion will soon be ‘laugh­ing at War­riors fans’

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

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.

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