Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of his great career and dealing with some fatigue from a long, grueling season. Earlier in the year after the Los Angeles Lakers rough start on the court, Bryant said that the Lakers roster was old and slow. Now, he is echoing those comments in a way that is an indirect plea with the Lakers front office to bring in some help and some young legs.
Bryant shot just over 30 percent during the Lakers two weekend games and he is blaming tired legs for the fall off in his performance.
“I’ve just got to rest my legs,” Bryant said, via the Associated Press. “My legs are a little tired. My shots are just short. That’s on me. I’ll take this loss on me, gladly. There were a lot of easy shots, a lot of them, that I should have put down.
“My offense was sub-par in terms of missing easy shots,” he said. “I’ve got to do a better job of putting that ball in the hole when the opportunity presents itself.”
Fatigue is never something you want your aging players to be affected by, but that is what the Lakers and Bryant are facing. Bryant did have an idea for how he would get through the dead legs, however, and it was one of two ways.
Kobe made an indirect plea to LAL’s front office: “Unless they’re going to do something roster-wise, I got to continue to push through it”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 20, 2013
The Lakers have plenty of trade bait to use at the NBA trade deadline — specifically Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol — so it will be interesting to see whether or not the team fields an offer that will help them turn thinsg around.