Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said the idea that he has no patience is "misunderstood."
After going 27-55 last season, the Lakers are off to a 5-13 start in 2014-15, leading some to think frustrations of Bryant will boil over. But according to Yahoo Sports, the Lakers said they have "never seen Bryant so patient with his teammates" as he's been this season.
"I don't have patience when we're not putting the work in, if I see that we're not doing our job as professionals," said Bryant. "If that's happening, I'll let my team know about it. But this is not that kind of group. We work. These guys want to get better every day. They're there early working, they're there late working."
Bryant said he respects and appreciates that "this organization put forth a lot of effort to try and land some of these top free agents" over the offseason, trying unsuccessfully to lure All-Stars such as Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James to Los Angeles.
"Now it's time for me to go out there and do my job – not whine or complain about it," said Bryant.
The 36-year-old said he won't wear another uniform in his career and praised the Lakers organization for the efforts it has given not just now, but throughout his entire career.
"I've been very lucky," Bryant said. "There's not too many organizations that come around like the Lakers. There aren't owners that come around like Jerry Buss. Now, Jim and Jeanie. They're really committed to this. They're really hungry for this."
Los Angeles plays the Wizards (11-5) in Washington on Wednesday.
- Molly Geary