Kobe Bryant’s Five Birthday Wishes For This Season

3: The bench responds after dismal 2011-12 season

The Los Angeles Lakers had one of the worst benches in the league in 2011-12, and the team rarely had success when the reserves were on the court. The pressure to score and play defense was all on the starters and that took a lot out of the players. Bryant had to play more minutes than usual, and at this stage of his career, it was not really something Kobe wanted.

There were no reserves who could offer Kobe some rest while at the same time keeping a high level of play on the court. In previous years, the Lakers had Shannon Brown and Sasha Vujacic, who were able to score, but both of them have found homes elsewhere.

In 2012-13, the Lakers front office did a great job adding talent to the bench highlighted by the addition of Antawn Jamison. The Lakers also brought in Jodie Meeks, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. Jamison is a proven veteran who will do whatever the coaches ask him to do, and he is already familiar to Mike Brown, someone he played for in Cleveland.

Meeks is a lethal three-point shooter who is a great back-up shooting guard for Kobe Bryant. As for Duhon and Clark, they were part of the Howard deal and can contribute to this Lakers squad.

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=981tKFPoasE&feature=plcp

Next Page: Number Two

You May Also Like

Lakers Silence Magic, Win 4th Straight in Dwight Howard’s Return

The Lakers were in Orlando on Tuesday night, meaning the return of…

Mitch Kupchak Says Coach Likely Won’t Be Hired In The Next 2-3 Weeks

Please enable Javascript to watch this video The Lakers have finally begun…

Lakers News: LeBron James Told Rockets To ‘Play Ball’ In Game 5

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers proved to be too much for James Harden and the Houston Rockets in…

Nick Young’s Resurrection With The Los Angeles Lakers

It feels like a lifetime ago, but in reality, only a few months have passed since the infamous tape recorded by D’Angelo Russell of Nick Young talking about his extracurricular activities outside of his relationship with rapper Iggy Azalea was released.