Kobe Bryant is confident the LA Lakers can arrest their recent poor form but concedes his teammates must 'get their ass in gear' in order to make something of their season before it is too late.
The Lakers having a losing record so far this term (14-20) and have won only three of their last 10 games. This included a run of six consecutive defeats, while they have lost seven of their last eight.
Bryant has been missing for the entirety of this period of desperate form having suffered a fractured knee-cap in the victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 18, and is absence is being keenly felt.
And although the veteran shooting guard is not too concerned about this recent Lakers streak he has urged his colleagues to start stringing some Ws together sooner rather than later.
"Yeah, they’ll be fine," he told reporters. "You just have to get their ass in gear. Play both ends of the floor, get a couple games here and go on a nice two- or three-game streak.
"All of a sudden, we’re back in the hunt and you start picking it up from there, and start chipping away, chipping away and we’ll be fine."
Bryant, meanwhile, remains unclear about how long he will be out of action after the initial predictions that he would be out for six weeks. The 35-year-old only returned in early December after eight months on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles tendon.