Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kobe Bryant hoping for Spurs-like ‘rebirth’

Kobe Bryant said he plans to play next season.

He wants to go out on his own terms.

And he has an inspiration.

Kobe:
I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. These guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can’t say this is the end of my era because I thought their era was done, and they’re still there. So I’m hoping I can have the same rebirth.
If he wants to follow Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker on their aging curves, Kobe needs two major things:

1. A front office that surrounds him with young talent.

The Lakers have no Kawhi Leonard, no Danny Green, no Cory Joseph. With a high draft pick, cap space and chance to get Julius Randle healthy, maybe they can improve the roster this summer.

2. A coach committed to resting him, not one who plays him as much as possible.

San Antonio’s stars, especially Duncan, have been fortunate to remain healthy. But once a player’s body begins to break down, it’s tough to reverse that course.

Kobe will come back next season, hopefully the Lakers can put together the “rebirth” he envisions .

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