Kobe Bryant believes Lakers can win with current makeup
Kobe Bryant believes the struggling Lakers can turn things around and win once Steve Nash and Pau Gasol get healthy.
In the second segment of his interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, via the Los Angeles Times, Bryant -- who recently admitted to being baffled at how the Lakers were "finding ways to lose" -- admitted his frustration with the team's poor start and his opinion that all of his teammates were not matching his level of intensity in fighting through adversity.
"When you get to a stretch where you kind of have that cloud hanging over your head, you really have to become more and more determined to turn the tide," Bryant said. "Your normal determination that you play with isn't going to work."
"I'm a bit of a psychopath when it comes to that," Bryant said. "I don't expect my teammates to have that level of concern. But I hope that they're feeling determined and not discouraged, and that's something we'll talk about."
Bryant said he is satisfied with the team's current roster and bench. He believes the team will play to its potential when Nash returns from a leg injury and Gasol's knees allow him more minutes. Nash's return has been delayed another week due to nerve irritation. Gasol has been sidelined five straight games.
Bryant's opinions on Gasol's talents and effort have reportedly varied during the Lakers' early-season struggles. Despite the hiring of coach Mike D'Antoni and an offensive overhaul, the Lakers are 9-13 -- the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference.