The Lakers are now 0-3 since Kobe Bryant has returned, and after a blowout loss to the Thunder on Friday, it has many questioning what this team could be. They are without a point guard, there is no rim protection, and Pau Gasol is unhappy with his role (again).
So, how does Kobe feel about how the Lakers are doing this season, and how they’ll be moving forward? Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report gives us the scoop:
“I’m not worried about it, to be honest with you,” Bryant said. “We’ve seen worse. I mean, we forget kind of what we had to go through last year. I’m not really too concerned about it. Our heart is in the right place.
“I saw a lot of positives. We’ve just got to put it together for longer stretches. We’ll be fine.”
This season is definitely a different one from last year, and the roster is filled with a bunch of rental players. The Lakers play a style that fits Mike D’Antoni more, but the roster may not fit what he wants to do entirely. Kobe Bryant will use the next month or so to get his legs underneath him, and when Jordan Farmar returns, he will slide back to his natural role.
The Lakers ceiling is essentially a bottom seed in the West, but we will see how they do when Kobe gets more time and they get healthy.