LA Lakers star Nick Young has heralded the return of Kobe Bryant as a tool for improvement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The small forward may have been forgiven for thinking that his good shooting form would dip upon Bryant's return but, in stark contrast to expectation, it has improved.
Young openly admits that he predicted his high-volume shooting days would come to an abrupt end when Kobe recovered from the Achilles injury that had kept him sidelined for seven months.
"I think all of us kind of thought that a little bit," Young said yesterday.
"Kobe is one of the best players to play this game and he's coming back and he demands the ball."
However far from diminishing the point scoring coming from the 28-year-old, Bryant's comeback has helped Young to perform even better.
The Lakers' star's scoring has increased in the six games since the Black Mamba's return and following Tuesday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Young's average now sits at 17.2 points a game.
The LA franchise seem to have recovered from the blip that saw them lose three in a row recently, and have now won two of their last three matches.