Kobe Bryant Believes Lakers Were ‘Rolling’ Before Multitude Of Injuries Made It ‘Hard To Reboot’
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The Los Angeles Lakers, after exceeding expectations and starting the season 20-14, have been set back by an immense number of serious injuries. Since a big Christmas day victory against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers have absolutely crumbled, going 11-26.

Major injuries to LeBron James, who missed 17 consecutive games after suffering a strained groin, followed by Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, who both sustained season-ending injuries, is likely what caused the meltdown. Rajon Rondo has also missed significant time over two separate stretches.

The combination of all the injuries derailed a season in which the Lakers were expected to return to the playoffs for the first time since Kobe Bryant retired. And though the season fell off, Bryant explained to ESPN’s Mike Greenberg that he believed the Lakers were headed in the right direction before injuries set in:

“It was unfortunate, because they got hit with so many injuries in rapid succession. When they were rolling, I mean they were playing very well and I think, exceeding people’s expectations. And then they got hit with all these injuries, kind of set them back, knocked them off kilter a little bit, and it’s hard to reboot that. So now they’re caught in that rut, but next year should be better.”

Bryant seems to have hope that based on the way the first half of the season went, the Lakers should have no problems starting from scratch next year.

Right now, it’s extremely unclear who’s going to be on the roster when the next season begins in October. From free agency to trades and the Draft, the roster could have a completely different set of rotational pieces.

No matter who’s on the roster though, if the Lakers can escape from the injury bug for a season, the first 34 games of this year could be a good litmus test for what they can do. At least that’s what Bryant and others seem to believe.

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