The basketball world hasn’t heard much from Kobe Bryant since he dropped 60 points in his final NBA game back in April. Bryant has been busy starting a venture capital firm among other things. However, Kobe recently said he is just a “phone call away” if the Lakers, specifically the Buss family, should need him.
The Lakers are currently in a tough position, chase the playoffs or tank for a chance at a top-3 pick. Jim Buss’ self-imposed deadline is fast approaching and Jeanie Buss has repeatedly said she will hold her brother accountable. What that means exactly is still to be seen.
Although Kobe was a phenomenal player, it’s not clear how he would help the Lakers situation on the ownership side. It would be nice to see Kobe take the young players under his wing and mentor them. The team will forever be playing in his shadow until they re-emerge as a contender.
Lakers Nation News
Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 122-73 loss to the Mavericks – LA Times
No change of direction for Coach Luke Walton after a ‘special’ Los Angeles Lakers loss – LA Times
Lakers in Last Place After Historic Loss: What’s Next? – NBC
Lakers navigate a sobering, somber (and educational) post-Kobe Bryant path – NBA.com
Lakers Must Prioritize Keeping Top-3 Protected Pick over Winning – Bleacher Report
LA D-Fenders To Change Name To South Bay Lakers – CBS
NBA Rumor Central: Chicago Bulls are ‘shopping’ Rondo and Mirotic – ESPN
NBA Sunday: For Clippers, the Window is Closing – Basketball Insiders
Timberwolves Notes: Rubio rumors, D-League clarity – Fox Sports
NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls To Pursue Chris Bosh? – Fox Sports
NBA Trade Rumors: Hawks considered sending Dwight Howard to the Pelicans – CBS Sports