Lakers Assistant Paul Pressey Talks Kobe’s Effect On Young Players
[new_royalslider id=”312″]

Earlier this off-season, Kobe Bryant spoke about having to adjust his game. As he has gotten older, he understands his athleticism is not what it used to be and he will have to account for that. Nonetheless, he believes he will be more efficient this season.

— Have You Seen These LIMITED EDITION “Mamba Strikes Back” T-Shirts? —

Another person who believes that is Lakers assistant coach, Paul Pressey, who spoke to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell about Kobe facilitating a little more this year:

But to see him, this year, facilitate a little more and helping getting these young guys involved and showing them how to play, because he can do it with the ball or without the ball […] that’s the beauty of having him is the fact that he can cause problems either way.

Bryant’s ability to hurt teams on and off the ball will surely help the Lakers, but as Pressey also pointed out, the rest of the young players have to get used to playing with Kobe:

The biggest thing for us is to get our young guys to adjust to the way he is accustomed to playing at such a high level, so these young players have to do a lot of work to get to that point where they can be in the right place at the right time when he’s making moves. And when he’s making moves off the ball, (knowing) where is he at all times.

Obviously, Bryant will be the focal point of the team on offense, but the Lakers do have a few playmakers capable of creating for themselves and others.

As the leader, it will be on Kobe to lift these players to a higher level and if this off-season is any indication, he will be up to the challenge.

[divide]

Lakers GM Kupchak On Kobe, Steve Nash And Championship Expecations


Please enable Javascript to watch this video

You May Also Like

Lakers Bench’s Mission: Finish Strong

It is crunch time for the Lakers. There are 12 games left…

Lakers Select Andrew Goudelock With 46th Overall Pick

With the 46th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Los…

Lakers News: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma Not Worried About Impressing LeBron James, Paul George And Other NBA Free Agents

The subtext of the entire Los Angeles Lakers season was the team’s plans to recruit stars like LeBron James and…

Lakers News: LeBron James Knows What He Is Capable Of ‘Even At This Stage Of My Career’

LeBron James will be entering Year 17 of his future Hall of Fame career and Year 2 with the Los Angeles Lakers with little…