Los Angeles Lakers are aiming to regain their standing as one of the best teams in the NBA. Getting back to the top of the basketball tree will take sometime for a team that went 27-55 last season, but there is one important component that can help them regain some respectability.
That component is Kobe Bryant, and according to the Lakers team trainer, Bryant is fit and raring to go for the upcoming NBA season.
Nobody really knows how the Lakers will go for sure during the upcoming season. Recovering from their worst record of the 21st century will take some doing, but if there's one player that can help achieve a playoff berth in upcoming season, it's Kobe Bryant.
For all the improvements that could happen around him, Bryant's performances will hold the key to the Lakers fortunes, but the good news for Lakers fans is that their trainer Gary Vitti insists that Kobe will be fully fit for October.
"Kobe is of course coming off the left Achilles tear on April 12, 2013, and the small knee fracture on Dec. 17, 2013, both of which have completely healed. You'd be crazy to bet against."
It's possible that Julius Randle could show signs of becoming a great player in his position. Jeremy Lin could be the missing link for the Lakers offense, and Nick Young could finally come into his own - but Kobe Bryant is the man that will still need to step up for the Lakers to dominate.
The pressure is well and truly on new Lakers coach Byron Scott in his debut season. After a terrible 2013/14, a drastic improvement will be needed. But the only way that they will make the playoffs in the upcoming season is if Kobe Bryant gets help from his supporting cast. There is only so much that the 35-year-old can do on his own. Granted, he will always be the number one player for the Lakers until he retires, but his teammates will need to help the veteran turn around the fortunes of the NBA's most famous franchise.