After 20 seasons suiting up for the purple and gold Kobe Bryant is no longer preparing himself for the next upcoming season. Now he is merely an onlooker, as he anticipates the future for his former team. Kobe Bryant took some time out of his busy schedule to visit the Time Warner Sportsnet studios. The recently retired Laker superstar caught up with Mike Bresnahan discussing the young core, Team USA and their apparent struggles, as well as the newly acquired former teammate Luke Walton as their coach.
Team USA and their struggles
After winning 2 close games many believe that team USA is severely missing Kobe Bryant and his veteran leadership. Kobe Bryant stated that he wasn’t getting into professional basketball any time soon. “I’m around for them, I still speak to several of them” said Bryant “I’ve spoken with Kyrie [Irving], [Harrison] Barnes. I think [Team USA] will be fine. Basketball is a global game and it’s gotten tougher.”
The Lakers Young Core
Kobe Bryant also discussed the future of the team. “[The Lakers] have a really good, young core” Bryant continued “now it’s a matter of growing together and those pieces”. Kobe was very excited about the prospect of the young core growing together. “I think it’s a great opportunity, because now at this age they can develop their games and strengths around each other.”
Kobe also specifically spoke about Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell. “I think [Brandon Ingram] plays with great tempo” said Bryant “I think defensively he has the potential to be good with his long arms and legs. Hopefully he starts to pay attention to that just as much as the offensive.”
As for D’Angelo Russell Mike Bresnahan brought up Russell’s Summer League performance. Kobe seemed very pleased with Russell’s development. “Certain things [D’Angelo Russell] has really picked up on” Bryant continued “body position using his size to be able to get to places recognizing defensive packages and where to position guys on the floor. He’s developed really nicely this summer.”
Former Teammate Luke Walton being Coach
Kobe was very excited at the prospect of his former teammate and friend Luke Walton being head coach. “[Luke Walton] is going to have them play the game the right way. He is going to have the foundation of the team is going to be a championship foundation it’s not going to be isolation ball” Kobe Bryant throwing obvious shad at Byron Scott’s awful system last season. “It’s going to be a lot of ball movement but ball movement with purpose”.
Kobe Bryant stated to Mike Bresnahan that whenever he could he would be available for the players to work out with him. With a new Baby on the way, as well as his ever expanding Kobe Inc. his visits to the practice facility would likely be few and far between. That said it’s likely he’ll always pay close attention to his former team. “The Lakers are in my blood” Bryant told Bresnahan.
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