Kobe Bryant On How Lakers Move On From Him After 20 Seasons
Usatsi_8999962_153179170_lowres

After 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant announced he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season.

While he initially struggled to regain his form to start the season, Kobe is averaging 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his past four games.

With Kobe retiring at the end of the season, the Lakers have established a young core of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. When asked how the storied franchise moves on from him, Kobe had the following to say, via Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

After playing for two decades in the purple and gold, it is difficult to envision the Lakers without Kobe. However, they have a young nucleus, a top-three protected pick and a projected $65 million in cap space to pursue free agents this upcoming off-season.

With the Lakers planning to move on without Kobe, he has recently adjusted his game to make the transition easier for Russell, Randle and Clarkson. In response, they have all shown what they are capable, especially the rookie point guard.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Details Behind Release Of LeBron James, Kevin Durant Rap Song From 2011-12 NBA Lockout Season

During the 2011-12 NBA lockout season, LeBron James and Kevin Durant teamed up to record a rap song called “It Ain’t Easy”…

Charles Barkley On Lakers: ‘They’re The Fourth Best Team In California’

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a lot of heat from NBA…

Matt Barnes Tears Meniscus, Will Have Surgery

After completing their first three game winning steak since mid-December, the Lakers…

Re-Drafting the First Round of the Amazing 1996 NBA Draft

The 1996 NBA Draft is considered one of the greatest draft classes…