With a 9-13 record and a championship legacy to uphold, Kobe Bryant can be forgiven for being more than a little frustrated with his team’s start to the season. His Lakers have looked uninspired so far in their quest to add another banner to the Staples Center rafters.
When you watch this interview with Stephen A. Smith, take note of Kobe’s demeanour, his calmness and his ability to deliver pinpoint messages to his teammates within his answers. He knows that this team is under performing, he knows that Gasol is on the trade block, he knows that coach Mike D’Antoni’s system needs tweaking and he knows that Dwight Howard’s free throw percentage is killing the Lakers late in games.
Drink it in as Bryant responds to Smith’s questions however and imagine this was your work colleague talking about you. While he never gets rattled, never raises his voice and never stumbles on an answer, Kobe delivers direct and forceful messages to almost everyone around him (positive and negative) asking as a leader, to join him in June for a championship parade.
Enjoy this guy while he’s still around because there is no one like Kobe Bryant in the league right now, and there may not be for a while to come.
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