Jan 22, 2014; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils Miami Hurricanes in the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant suggests Lakers poor season is only motiviation

If things don’t improve during their final twenty games, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely have their worst season (statistically) since they moved to California.

It’s that bad.

But Lakers star Kobe Bryant is trying to take the hardship in stride.

There are few (if any) more competitive athletes in professional sports with more pride than Bryant who says Los Angeles’ struggles this season are only more motivation for him moving forward.

Misery = Motivation #thanku#urwelcome

Bryant has used some odd things before to motivate himself, though, this is a perfect scenario for Kobe to prove his worth and show that he still is among the elite in the NBA by returning the Lakers to glory next season.

It certainly isn’t going to be easy, but there’s no doubt Bryant is going to do whatever he can to put the Lakers on his back moving forward.

Hopefully with an offseason of rest and recovery, we’ll see a rejuvenated Bryant ready to prove the world wrong next season.

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