It was officially announced earlier today that Kobe Bryant would not return to action for the LA Lakers this season.
Many had been expecting the news after the star's prolonged recuperation from a knee injury and now Kobe has spoken about the move.
Speaking to the media Wednesday afternoon, he revealed that it was only on Tuesday that he finally acknowledged that he wouldn't take to the court again and admitted this season has driven him crazy:
"I probably felt it (missing games) more than anybody. It drives me absolutely crazy," said the 16-time All-Star.
Bryant has not featured since December the 17th and has a grand total of six games for the franchise to his name in 2013-14.
In his absence the team has faltered dramatically and currently sit bottom of the Western Conference.
Their poor season was compounded by a humiliating record defeat against rivals the LA Clippers and Kobe had his say on that too.
Asked how he felt watching it, Bryant's response was characteristically bullish:
"I know what it feels like to be a Clippers fan all these years, that was my reaction."
While he may be able to joke about it, deep down we know that that result would have hurt Bryant more than most, and he is convinced changes need to be made sooner rather than later by the gold and purple.
As reported by Serena Winters, Kobe was keen to emphasise that, at 35, he is not willing to wait another year to be a contender - changes have to come in the summer.
He went on to argue that those changes must begin at the top and work themselves down:
"You gotta start with Jim. You gotta dtart with Jim and Jeanie and how that all relationship plays out.
"It starts there and having a clear direction and clear authority and then it goes down to the coaching staff and what's mike going to do?
"What they want to do with Mike? It's got to start at the top."
Hardly a ringing endorsement for the under fire boss.
As for his own future?
He is planning an assault on next season, beginning as soon as possible. Bryant will look to begin treadmill work next week, and confirmed he can't wait until Lakers training camp as he looks to come back as good as ever.
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