Kobe Bryant one on one…

Stephen A. Smith had an interesting segment this am on ESPN Sportscenter with Kobe Bryant.  They were discussing the Lakers’ woes, their current 9 – 13 season, thoughts on Coach Mike D’Antoni and others.  One thing that comes out is that while Kobe does feel a sense of urgency, there is no panic.  He knows they have to come together and play better, making the most out of the player talent on the roster.  He looks forward to the return of Steve Nash.  He does acknowledge that the Lakers are far from the quickest team in the league, but he says you do not have to have speed to successfully run an up tempo offense.  Players just need to execute, and they need to execute better.  He says Dwight needs to improve his free throw shooting of course, while also saying he, himself, needs to work on not turning the ball over as much.  He believes Pau belongs in the post position more, not out on the perimeter, and that when he returns from sitting out due injury, they will run more plays through him in the post.  Time has not run out on the Lakers.  There is still time for them to get it together, make it to the post season and be playing great basketball as a team when that time comes.

Regarding Mike D’Antoni, Kobe says he was his first choice for the coaching position, once Phil was not available.  Well, we have all of course heard that Phil thought he was available.  (Phil Jackson)

Back with more later…


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