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Kobe Bryant Admits He Won’t Be The Same Player

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The fortune of the Los Angeles Lakers is very much dependent on the health and playing level of Kobe Bryant. After playing only six games last season, many wonder how he will come back, especially at the age of 36.

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Bryant does, however, represent the Lakers’ best chance at a star player this season. And in an interview with Sports Illustrated, he admits that he won’t be the same player, but that won’t make him less great:

So when I hear pundits and people talk, saying, ‘Well, he won’t be what he was.’ Know what? You’re right. I won’t be. But just because something evolves, it doesn’t make it any less better than it was before.

Bryant understands that he can’t do the same things that he did when he was 21 years old, but he is smart enough to change his game to maintain his effectiveness.

He showcased that during his last full season in 2012-13. He averaged over 27 points per game, but was far more efficient in doing so.

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He began working far more frequently from the post and elbow areas, developing one of the best mid-range games in the league. As a result, Bryant shot a career-high 51 percent from inside the three-point line.

Even though Bryant didn’t get to play much, he was surely able to study the league. He knows what he can and can’t do, and seems determined to maintain his high level of play.

Kobe Bryant Answers Fan’s Questions, Talks Keys To The Game

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  • Duckathon

    Kobe knows his limits. He’ll adjust.

    • oa92000

      no..he is too old..time to pass the torch

      • TheDonVito

        Torches aren’t passed in sports, they are pried from cold corpses. To say that it is time for him to “give” up his crown goes against the evolution of the sport. These young guys need to come in and put in the work to MAKE Kobe irrelevant. There are no relevant two’s in the league right now.

        • Cody

          Harden? Wade? Beal? Stephenson?

          • isothafreshmen

            Harden = 0 Defence, Wade is worse of than Kobe in terms of past vs present, Beal & Stephenson are promising but not yet relevant

          • ifeeldzy

            none of those guys have no where near the bball IQ kobe has. Harden is all offense last years playoffs proved that, wade is banged up and couldn’t even perform with LBJ by his side ctfu @ Beal and Stephenson even being mentioned in the same context as a kobe Bryant coming off an injury. like vito said, no relevant 2 guards in the league.

          • Lakers Realist

            Yup, hell Harden could hardly even play to his one and only strong point he was shooting under 30% those first 3 games. He has done nothing relevant in the playoffs. Can’t even say that he’s fun to watch, all he really does is belly flop into the paint and go to the free throw line. The refs always give him that call. Wouldn’t have so much of a problem with it if he was actually trying to get the ball in the basket, but that’s not what he does.

          • TheDonVito

            Wade is on his way out. Harden plays ZER0 defense. I like Beal and Stephenson but I don’t see them with a Kobe-like ceiling. Both of those guys can take huge steps forward this year and still not be on Wade/Kobe’s level. Those guys just look good in 2k14. lol.

      • Guest

        Kareem was older when he had to adjust his game to let the offense run through Magic.

    • Dino Madness

      Kobe will for sure prove all the naysayers wrong and have huge games where he will awe and amaze everyone.

  • Zach

    If he’s smart he’ll attempt to stop taking so many bad shots and think about his teammates more. And let the PG handle the ball, there will be less turnovers.

    • Kishan

      Lakers PG Jeremy Lin has a High TO rate is well……2.6 vs 3.0

      • Zach

        Good point…looks like a no-win situation with the PG duties.

      • TheZuluNation

        Scott will improve that.

        • Kishan

          yeah he will…. but its all bout defence

      • hookedonnews

        When Kobe was facilitating 2 seasons ago he was turning the ball over at a high rate. Lin isn’t the only PG. People who handle the ball a lot tend to have more TO’s. No reason Lin can’t improve in that area. Look at the TO’s Steph Curry has. Wouldn’t mind having him aboard.

        • Kishan

          yeah i agree with u…. my attention wasnt that way… its just the ZACH is alway talking shit bout kobe coz he’s a kobe hater so i just said that in a unknowlagbe way like him

      • Joseph Apohen

        So what?! He’s the best pg they have now except maybe for a handful of games. And you know what I mean.

    • nash screwed the lakers

      Well, let’s see who Kobe going to pass the ball to:
      Lin: High turnovers
      Nash: probably injured and cant play
      Xavier: hope he gets back on 2 legs to play
      Hill: rebounder, that’s about it.
      Boozer: washed up
      Wesley: afraid to shoot

      So, let’s enjoy Kobe scoring at will to pass MJ in the all-time scoring list.

      • Wyatt Lowther

        that’s funny. Kobe pass?

        • Tom

          It may surprise you but Kobe averages more assist than most players at the 2 position. Mostly everyone above him are PGs.

          • isothafreshmen

            Yup but since people love to hate kobe you don’t hear that very often

      • Zach

        Well seeing as he’ll be shooting about 42%, I’m not sure ‘at will’ is the best description. But he’ll put up big numbers during garbage time. Good times.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Yeah, Kobe never averaged 42% in his career… please get you facts straight.

          • Zach

            Nice try dumbo, but Kobe shot .425 last year. LOL, you’re not too bright, huh?

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            in 6 games, and coming from a long layoff due to injuries? is that where you put your argument?

          • Joseph Apohen

            You did not catch that word NEVER?

        • Derek Clark

          Zach you’re a tool. Bryant career PCT is 45.6%. Know your facts before you post. Even NICK YOUNG shot over 42% last year.

        • Joseph Apohen

          I don’t give a damn what you Kobe haters are talking about. Nobody complained when he was making 81, 60 something and 50 something and the team was winning. Sure his arms were about to fall off but he was amazing and you have to appreciate the difficulty of those shots. He provides entertainment. He does ballet on hardwood.

    • Hafamoll .

      if hes smart wtf 5 rings how smart was that and not to metion he lead his team in assist every year and let the league in assist as a shooting guard hmmm slap yourself

      • Zach

        Chamberlain led the league assists as a center, now THAT’s impressive. And of course he leads the team in assists–and turnovers; when you hog the ball all game no one else can put up good stats.

        • Hafamoll .

          5 rings what else can i say maybe he needs to hog the ball

        • UranusKicher

          Most players who handle the ball majority of time lead their team in turnovers dude…Common sense…All you got to do is know basketball to figure that out.

        • UranusKicher

          What team do you like Zach?

        • DKWTTY

          So first he’s selfish and when you get denied(again!) with a fact proving that he isn’t you compare him to a center that got assists too. Wow you’re a retard.

          Stephen Curry also leads his team in turnovers, if you are dictating the offense of course you are controlling the ball a lot and will get turnovers. You are directly contradicting the point you are attempting to make. AS USUAL.

          If the Lakers and Kobe are so bad then why are you always here? Your life must suck.

      • Joseph Apohen

        Amen to that!

    • Hafamoll .

      check the stats who led the league in assist as far as shooting guards his last full season and shoot 51 percent inside the 3 point line hmmm dont worry i will wait

      • Zach

        Who has never made half his shots in a season over his long career? Kobe. No other player has played half that long without doing that. A travesty. No wonder his teammates hate him and Gasol flew the coop.

        • Robblake

          haha you’re a dumbass. Pretty sure gasol flew the coop because he’s sick of trade threats? How quickly idiots like you forget kobe’s efficiency when for the first time in his career he could just play the 2 position the year of his injury? Or are you just some dumbass that spouts of crap about FG% without actually watching the games? Hate all you want, Kobe is still top 10 player to EVER play the game, suck on that ;)

          oh btw, Kobe Bryant (25-day stretch in 2007): 65, 60, 53, 50, 50, 50, 50, 48, 46, 43, 39, 34

        • UranusKicher

          Ever heard of Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, or Carmelo Anthony? All future Hall of Famers I might add. Nice try though.

        • Guest

          “Who has never made half his shots in a season over his long career?”

          Um, Vince Carter (16 seasons), Jerry Stackhouse (18), Tracy McGrady (15), Sam Cassell (15), Glenn Robinson (11), Latrell Sprewell (13), Robert Horry (16), Mark Jackson (17), Isiah Thomas (13), etc.

    • Robblake

      Maybe if his teammates can make shots he wouldn’t be requested to continually take forced shots with sub 5 secs left onthe shot clock? Or maybe he would have a better PG than Marshall? lmao

      • TheDonVito

        He didn’t have the same problems in the Triangle. Players knew where their shots were coming from and when to take them. All these new systems is not helping his 7-ring cause.

    • Vernon McClain

      He’s done that. Season before last he shot 46 percent from the field and averaged 7 assists per game. You wouldn’t know that though because you aren’t a fan, you’re a hater.

    • http://instagram.com/ifeeldzy ifeeldzy

      if steve nash was starting then your argument would hold a little weight but Jeremy Lin NEEDS the ball in his hands to be effective which makes him prone to turnovers and since 2001, excluding 2010-11 and past two seasons, kobe has lead the Lakers in assists so come again Zachary

  • TheZuluNation

    I’m a bit surprised Kobe would actually admit that considering he’s pretty stubborn.

    • Zach

      But in his delusional mind he’s coming back a better player, just different.

      • Hafamoll .

        nobody goes to your job and says stop hoggin all the fries and your burger flip rate is 40 percent

        • CORKY CARROLL

          That is funny, good one.

        • DKWTTY

          LMAOOOOOOOOOO

    • Lakers Realist

      I think he’s just being mature about it. Acknowledging that he’s going to be different. It’s not in a negative connotation though, he’s always evolved his game every season after all. We probably aren’t seeing 40 points per game in a month again, but if he can tap into the way he played during that stretch before his injury he’s going to have a damn good season.

      • TheZuluNation

        Good point.

      • TheDonVito

        Kobe admitted that a long time ago. lol. Talked about how big seasons shrink to a big quarter when you start feeling the years. lol

    • DKWTTY

      He’s not as grumpy or stubborn in his old age.

  • numb1lakefan

    lin
    kobe
    beasley
    boozer
    hill
    who will stop them from scoring

    • Zach

      Who will they stop from scoring, a better question. When Jeremy Lin is your best defender, times are tough!

      • joshhh

        wesley not Beasley and get ekpe udoh

        • numb1lakefan

          beasley just played in the finals with lebron you put him next to kobe lin boozer and hill and have wesley come off the bench with young,randle,davis,clarkson

  • Zach

    “I’ll have to adapt, shooting twice as much to reach the same point total. No worries!”
    - Kobrick

    • Hafamoll .

      kobe haters on lakers nation bet u couldnt et one assist in a nba game let alone 5 rings

    • Robblake

      “kobrick” one of the top scorers to ever play the game who also top assist ranked shooting guard in the history of the game

    • Matt Williams

      You are probably the most pathetic person on here next to that bitch ass clipper fan. You seem to have nothing better to do than to antagonize Laker fan. You must not have a job or a girlfriend if you are on here all day everyday. You should get a life and maybe a job and leave us alone. Go find another team’s nuts to hop on.

  • Ken Cheng

    It’s possible that Kobe will be a far less athletic, but better player in his final years. Think Magic in his later years with the Lakers.

    • Zach

      You clearly don’t actually recall that. Magic was obviously much better early in his career, pretty awful near the end.

    • Jerard Wright

      A better analogy is Larry Bird, Kobe and Bird have the same assassins mentality. They both had injuries later in their careers but always thought the game through and made adjustments.

  • Kb24

    I wont be the black mamba of old, i will onw be THE MAGIC MAMBA though it is still the same as the black mamba
    -kobe

  • Zach

    Brandon Jennings began crying when he read this story…

    • UranusKicher

      Ohhh…lol I get it!! You just have nothing better to do than troll every Laker article you find!! lmao How pathetic is that? I apologize for your horrible life. I wish it were better than it is, I really do man!! My bad. I am really, really sorry!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Kobe is the greatest!!! whether you like it or not! I am sure a few of the haters are gonna love this!

  • hookedonnews

    Why don’t we just wait and see how he plays? Maybe he’s just setting people up. No one expects him to play like he’s 21, but that doesn’t mean he’s not still a great player.

  • Eugene Rhea

    Kobe’s basketball (IQ) & urgency will take him beyond everyone’s expectations!

  • Jay Brodes

    we shall see about that!!! cant wait go mamba!!!

  • kiko

    kobe 20 to 30 points per game can play still The Same Player more careful

  • Je Ar D Bagus

    I hope he adjusts, but I also believe there is no other go-to guys in the Lakers’ lineup right now. All the best to Kobe though he’s earned his right to be called one of the greats.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I’m not a Lin fan (yet) and we haven’t seen Randle against NBA competition, but both of those guys can probably be “go-to guys.” Lakers will be much, much better than people expect. Not 50+ wins like some of the overly optimistic fans around here think, but around 45 wins I think.

  • Matt Williams

    Kobe has been playing old man’s basketball for years. Since 2008 to be exact. SO this is not going to be a problem. Run and Gun doesn’t win championships anyway.

  • SUPER GIRL

    PASS THE TORCH TO SOMEONE WHO HAS EARNED IT!!! AND NOT TO AN NBA PLAYER WHO THINKS HE DESERVES IT BUT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN IT ALL!!! LIKE DWIGHT WHO HAS NOT EVEN REACHED THE CONFERENCE FINALS LAST YEAR!… BWAHAHAHA!!!

  • Willie

    Dont count Nash out or boozer old dudes are smarter and can see us playing a slow smart offense working kobes in the post and passing out of double teams

  • Tommy Young

    Kobe has been adjusting his game for the past 3 season. He has no problem passing to team mates who are effective or who are not afraid to take tough shoots. As a SHOOTING guard, he average 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists a game the last few season…not bad for a so called ball hog

  • Truman Early

    Good luck Kobe. Adapt.

  • Steve Chavez

    Did they suddenly forget how many times Kobe has adjusted his game and successfully play through injuries through the years? We’ve seen many versions of Kobe Bryant. Make no mistake about it… Kobe has and will continue to put in the time to make the most of the talent that he has. He’ll have another great year. I have no doubt.

  • Marty Susman

    Kobe is done, HE WILL NEVER make it past the mid point of the season. ..Sad to say but they should trade him to say NY and have the Nicks get us three first round picks for next year under day 10.

    • Uncle Bob

      Kobe can’t be traded unless he approves it and the only way the Knicks could clear the cap space would be to trade Melo, which isn’t going to happen. If Kobe goes down with another major injury he’s said he’ll retire, he’s not going through another major rehab.

  • lochness

    Different animal. Same beast.

  • ifeeldzy

    haters gonna hate! its so easy for people who probably never liked kobe anyway to say hes done, give it up, blah blah blah after these past two seasons but those same people speak as if kobe’s game is one dimensional. sure he wont jump as high or drive as hard as before, even without those injuries the man is 36 he wont do all that stuff the same way anyway but he can still shoot, he can still create space, will still have GREAT footwork and will still be effective in the post. if he stays healthy he’ll be effective.

  • vdogg

    kobe will come back and be great, imho. he has the best footwork the game has ever seen.

  • Kobe

    anyone else tired of hearing about this MJ wannabe, ratting out friends cus he got caught, desperate for attention, not making the playoffs after the best player on the team on the first three chips got ran out of town, unoriginal, spoiled son of a former pro will or wont do?

    • Ogamer

      Stop being a scrub. Nobody cares what you think. Spew your negative life somewhere else.

  • Lakers Realist

    You realize that you’re doing more talking than Kobe right? Not to mention he’s just answering questions in interviews and you’re trolling and giving your posts up-votes for attention. You’re just waiting time and energy year. Go do something productive with your life, nobody here cares about your trolling.

  • Robblake

    you’re a fan of a team that stole the Lakers logo, was owned by a racist, and hasn’t advanced to the finals. STFU IDIOT, how many times does kobe need to shit on your club?

    BTW, idiot, Kobe had zero conditioning that the other players had, he was still recovering from two separate injuries. God this generation of bball fans are pathetic.

  • Hafamoll .

    and your team never got pass the second round bitch

  • UranusKicher

    F*** yourself!!

  • UranusKicher

    CLIPPERSRUNLA • 3 days ago

    “funny how your posts are all about Clipperfans. I won’t be surprised to see you walking around Staples on XMAS day wearing Clipper Red”….COMING FROM A GUY WHO’S POST ARE 99.8% ABOUT THE LAKERS!! LMAO

  • DKWTTY

    Deandre Jordan had 0 points in a 2014 playoff game and your team has ZERO rings. Your opinion is irrelevant. I know your mommy didn’t give you attention as a child but don’t crave it form total strangers. You’re pathetic.

    Bandwagon a winning team at least.

    Clippers only tenant at Staples with no rings. LMAO!!

    Lisa Leslie=2x Champion
    Flake Griffin=0 rings, no WCF appearances, no Finals appearances, no MVP, no scoring titles, nothing!
    CP0=0 rings, no WCF appearances, no Finals appearances, no MVP, no scoring titles, NOTHING! LOSER TEAM! TRADITION OF LOSERDOM!

  • Lakers Realist

    Congratulations on continuing to prove my point while simultaneously wasting your time and energy. There’s this place called the real world outside. It might do you some good to go walk around and explore it a bit.

  • Hafamoll .

    look at the banners and trophys do the clip;hers have any dnt worry i will wait no they dont so go ride blake griffin dck to another 2nd round exit

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    When was the last time a marquee free agent “seriously considered” the Clippers? Kobe? Where did he decide to sign? Oh, that’s right.

  • Hafamoll .

    exactly first game back and if you watced the game most of thoose turnovers was fom pau gasol dropping the ball out his hands dufus

  • UranusKicher

    Translation: My team wont win a title…Ill get my joy by hating on yours! lmao

  • CLIPPERSRUNLA

    Rumor: Lakers are being “seriously considered” by Lebron James. ;)

  • UranusKicher

    Rumor: Clippers are “serious title contenders”!! LMAO

  • Lakers Realist

    Still with the liking of your own posts after being called out multiple times. Incredible. Do you even have a purpose in your life?

  • DKWTTY

    16 titles>>>selfies. “Boo hoo the Lakers success bothers us because we’re losers, let’s put up self portraits to cover them up”- Every Clippers fan.

    Oh and at least you KNOW it’s the LAKERS HOME COURT and forever will be! It’s even STAMPED with our MANY banners and our statues outside! 16 and counting!!

  • UranusKicher

    WORST TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!! *Drops mic and walks off* lol

  • Judo Mma

    Least amount scored by half-time. The NBA record is 19 points only!
    Clippers own this record vs the Lakers.

  • Judo Mma

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Donald Sterling statue will be placed outside Staples!

    Hahahahahaha sarcasm…

  • DKWTTY

    Too bad the Clippers won’t ever win a title. Even with a good team you still lose. But hey can’t break that losing tradition right? HAAAAAAA

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Because that’s a scheduled road trip this year. They’ve been home for that stretch the last several years; before that they spent that time on the east coast every year. It’s no slight to the Lakers, just scheduling.

    When did New Years Eve become a big day in the NBA? It’s Christmas and MLK Day.

  • UranusKicher

    Really, I thought the biggest games of the year were played in June!!…Not December and January!! But hey I wouldnt expect you to know that being a Clipper fan and all!! Anyways…..Congrats, on the two biggest days in Clippers History!

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Here’s where Clippers fan and Lakers fans differ. For the Lakers, 27-55 is the worst season ever, causing fans and analysts to demand firing coaches and management. For the Clippers (entire franchise history before the league started forcing them to put a competitive team on the floor a few years ago), 27-55 was just business as usual.

    Lakers have lost 50+ games 4 times in their history. Before this season, the last time was 40 years ago.

    Clippers have lost 50+ games 27 times! Most recently just 4 years ago! How can anyone be a fan of a team that thinks 50 losses is normal and is owned by a well-known racist bigot? Glad Sterling is finally gone, but seriously?!

  • UranusKicher

    I bet your mother could get more shots off than that in a 5 minute span on her knees!

  • TheZuluNation

    LMAO good one. Every yr the same expectations, but no results.

  • Judo Mma

    Last season, Cippers tried to cover outside statues but Magic, Kareem & Chick Hearn did not let them!

  • Yaya

    You just did…

  • hookedonnews

    Get back to me when anyone on the Clippers has 5 rings–or 1. Kobe needs someone to hype him up like Steph Curry needs someone to teach him how to shoot 3′s.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    You can talk all you want right now. Just wait until October 31st. It will be a scary moment for the Clippers when all their bandwagon fans start running back to the Purple & Gold.

    32 nationally televised games to 29 is now “way more” games. The Clippers are a fad, that’s all.

  • UranusKicher

    What you fail to realize dumba** is to run anything you have to win! I dont recall them ever doing that, so right now the only thing thats running is your mouth!

  • Jerard Wright

    The hot team in LA are the Los Angeles Kings because they are the most recent champions. Then are the LA Dodgers because of their recent playoff runs. The Clippers will be a hot team when they can finally hang a championship banner instead of oversized selfies.

  • UranusKicher

    Rumor: Clippers run LA!

  • Jerard Wright

    And which team will be hanging a banner at the start of their respective season in Staples? Oh yeah the Hockey Team, the Kings. I say Clippers stay classy and keep hanging those selfies so that their coach doesn’t get butt hurt over the 2009-2010 Lakers Championship banner.

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