When Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game, most thought that would be the final time he had an impact on the franchise. It turns out that may not be true. Kobe recently was on Stephen A Smith’s radio show. He said many interesting things, and I recommend you listen to the whole thing. One thing he did say, which stood out to me, was that he would be willing to help the Lakers organization if they reached out to him, as long as it was not in the eye of the public, which is understandable.
“I’m always around behind the scenes for Jeanie, Jimmy, and the entire Buss family if they need assistance or if it be to reach out or call for advice and things of that nature…Now, being front and center about it, it’s not something that is really my cup of tea. I’d rather be behind the scenes and focus on the content I’m creating because that’s where my passion truly lies, but the Buss family knows that I’m always a phone call away.”
This pretty much confirms the Black Mamba won’t be joining the Lakers in any official form anytime soon. However, the Lakers would be wise to seek his help. Kobe worked with Gordon Hayward and Kawhi Leonard in the summer, and both have improved. The Lakers should encourage their D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, and if they keep it, their 2017 draft pick to work with Kobe. All 3 (assuming the 2017 pick is Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, or Dennis Smith Jr) are perimeter scorers who could learn much from the #3 all time scorer, weather its a fade-away or pull midrange jumper. D’Angelo and Ingram have both shown flashes of posting up, and lesson from Kobe on foot work would only help the pair of former #2 overall picks.