From a competitive standpoint, few players in the history of the NBA can rival Los Angeles Lakers great, Kobe Bryant. With what at times comes across as an obsession for winning, Bryant couldn’t stomach the Lakers woeful 2013-14 season and wasn’t afraid to admit it publicly, calling out both teammates and the front office in the process.
Now reportedly healthy, Bryant will be back on the floor after missing all but six games last season and he’s determined to get the Lakers back to their traditional winning ways.
Of course, just making the playoffs will be challenging enough for the Lakers who currently employ a roster destined for the NBA’s lottery, let alone putting up a fight for an NBA Championship. One team who is expected to remain a contender though are the San Antonio Spurs who will likely return both Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan who continues to wage war against father time.
Eventually, Duncan is going to retire and the Spurs window (which has seemingly been closed so many times, yet, continues to be forced back open) will finally shut. But that won’t be for at least one more season, a season in which Duncan can potentially capture his sixth NBA Championship ring, passing Bryant and his five – the most in the post-Jordan era.
That doesn’t sit well with the Black Mamba, however, according to Mark Medina.
“If you ask me if I’m okay with Tim doing it, I’m not,” Bryant said. “I’m not okay with that.”
Bryant has been known to harness some rather odd motivation tactics and this might just be another to his growing list.