Lakers star Kobe Bryant sat down with ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin on Monday at the Lakers practice facility for 30 minutes to answer a wide variety of questions. Their discussion topics ranged from his feelings about Dwight Howard’s future as a Laker, to his opinion of Phil Jackson’s comparison between him and Michael Jordan.
One interesting thing Kobe discussed was how he would adjust to playing next season coming off surgery on his torn achilles. Here is what he had to say:
“You have to be able to adapt. During this last season, I was able to find areas to adjust my game to help us win, in terms of being more of an assist guy. You got to pick up certain areas and a lot of it depends on just the team that you have and the guys that you have around you. I’m more than comfortable just sitting back and scoring 21, 22 points or whatever and getting 10, 11 assists whatever the case might be. More than comfortable with that. It’s just a matter of the pieces that you have around you and what you can do to elevate everybody else.”
This past season Kobe took more of a playmaking role when Steve Nash was in-and-out of the lineup due to nagging injuries. At one stretch toward the end of January, he had back-t0-back games with 14 assists against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder.
It is going to be interesting to see whether Kobe holds true to his word and actually shies away from scoring. He’s played one way his entire career and changing this late could be detrimental toward the team’s success in what could be his final season in the NBA. One thing is for certain, Kobe’s shown throughout his career that he’ll do whatever it takes to win.
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