Lakers News: Kobe Bryant On Dealing With Losing In His 20th Season
Usatsi_9015742_153179170_lowres

After winning his fifth championship in 2010, Kobe Bryant was in prime position to tie or even surpass Michael Jordan’s six championships. Unfortunately, Kobe has suffered three consecutive season-ending injuries and the Los Angeles Lakers are now in their rebuilding process.

With the Lakers 5-24 after a blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, they are on pace to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

When asked how he is dealing with losing in his 20th and final NBA season, Kobe had an interesting response according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

When the Lakers traded for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash prior to the 2012-13 NBA season, the moves were expected to extend their championship window. Unfortunately, Howard left after one season and Nash dealt with numerous injuries that eventually led to his retirement. Since then, the Lakers have tried to sign superstars in free agency in hopes of staying in contention, but have been forced to rebuild through the draft.

Although having an opportunity to win a championship in his final season would have been ideal, Kobe is realistic and understands the situation. While he will not be able to tie Jordan, he is at peace with his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Since announcing his retirement, Kobe has adjusted his game to allow the young core of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson to figure out their own games. While the five-time champion has played well recently, he has ‘zero’ thoughts about rethinking his retirement.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Discusses Importance Of Securing First Win Of 2022-23

The Los Angeles Lakers remain winless four games into the 2022-23 season after the 110-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets…

Steve Kerr Praises Luke Walton For ‘Amazing Job’ In First Season With Lakers

Luke Walton took on a very tough task when he accepted the job offer to become Byron Scott’s successor as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers…

Byron Scott ‘Felt Betrayed, Lied To, And Deceived’ By Lakers Front Office

The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled in recent years, missing the playoffs for four straight seasons and racking up more losses than the once-mighty franchise is accustomed to…

Dwight Howard: A Better Off-Court Relationship Would Help The Lakers

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, Dwight Howard feels that…