February 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) speaks about recently deceased owner Jerry Buss before playing against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Guarantees Playoff Berth

The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the NBA this season and there are questions swirling whether or not they will be able to make a push in the second half of the season to make the postseason.

If you ask Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who has never been shy with his confidence, there is no doubt that the Lakers will be making the playoffs and they are confident that the team is able to make a serious run.

It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that,” Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“But I’m not talking about just me. Us as a group. We will make the playoffs. And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game [a 107-97 loss in Miami on Feb. 10]. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass. OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwayne Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.”

It is good to see this type of confidence from the Lakers despite their troubling start. If Bryant can stay focus and get the team playing together, then fans could get a glimpse of the team that we expected after making a big splash in the offseason after the acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

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