Kobe Bryant expressed his support for the Los Angeles Lakers and said that he’s willing to guide the young core if the organization asked. The Lakers recently suffered their worst loss against the Dallas Mavericks on the same day when Bryant scored 81-points.
After Kobe Bryant retired, the Lakers made a surprising 10-10 start, proving that they can survive even without a legitimate superstar on their team. Unfortunately, after being hit by multiple injuries, they started to struggle and currently the worst team in the Western Conference.
Young players like Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Ingram were expected to fill the void left by Bryant. Unfortunately, as of now, none of them have the ability to become the next face of the franchise. Coach Luke Walton also admitted that no one on his team could replace Bryant “anytime soon”.
Despite having a young roster, the Laker proved that they can compete against any team in the league. However, in most of their losses, they failed to show consistency, especially in the final minutes of the game. The Lakers are also the worst defensive team in the league, allowing 110.5 points per 100 possessions.
Kobe Bryant offers guidance to Lakers brass
Lakers president Jeanie Buss met with Magic Johnson to know his opinion about the direction of the franchise. In an interview with Stephen A. Smith, Kobe Bryant also expressed his willingness to help the Lakers, saying that he could offer advice if the organization asked him.
“I’m always around behind the scenes for Jeanie, Jimmy, and the entire Buss family if they need assistance or if it be to reach out or call for advice and things of that nature,” Bryant told Smith. “Now, being front and center about it, it’s not something that is really my cup of tea. I’d rather be behind the scenes and focus on the content I’m creating because that’s where my passion truly lies, but the Buss family knows that I’m always a phone call away.”
The Lakers’ performance in the 2016-17 NBA season determines the future of Jim Buss in the franchise. Jim vowed to vacate his position if the Lakers will not make a deep playoff run this season. Jeanie claimed she’ll respect his brother’s words for the self-imposed timeline he has given.
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