The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new coach following the reign of Mike D'Antoni, and Kobe Bryant will firmly be in mind when they decided who to bring in to take over the team.
Bryant didn't want to waste the last years of his illustrious career under such an awful coach, and the Lakers - who were probably considering Kobe's $30 million dollar contract in their thinking - finally agreed and gave D'Antoni the push.
And whoever's going to come, it will certainly be a guy Kobe likes, will have the 35-year old back in the forefront as the star of the side.
"He's under contract for two more years, and we think he's a very integral part of this team," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "We have to make sure that whoever we hire as a coach can really get the most productivity out of him, whether it's scoring the ball or playmaking or the threat that he may score."
According to Kupchak, Bryant is looking good so far in his on-court workouts and recovery from the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that kept him out for so long of last season.
“You’ll see a lot of him posting up,” Kupchak said. “I think you’ll see him with the ball in his hands, making plays. At the end of games, he’s going to have the ball in hands, he’s going to get a call, he’s going to make free throws.”
The Lakers don't have many assets to turn them into a title challenging side so quickly after their awful 27-55 season next year. The 7th pick in the draft will be a bit of a help in such a deep class this year, but it won't turn them into stars. Their best hope is a big push in free agency to acquire as much talent around Bryant as possible.