Kobe Bryant's competitive, never-say-die attitude is what has helped him become the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. The infamous Kobe mentality has benefitted the team on the court for years and now it could be about to help them in their bid for top free agency target Rajon Rondo.
Rondo was linked with a switch to the Lakers earlier this season, even meeting up with Kobe prior to his eventual move to the Dallas Mavericks.
Not over yet
Mavs owner Mark Cuban is confident Rondo will re-sign with the franchise this summer, but, with the former Boston Celtics star set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, Kobe Bryant has today vowed he's "not done" yet in his bid to bring Rondo to LA.
"I'm not done," Kobe said on the subject via The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett. "I'm not stopping until he signs an extension."
The All-Star point guard's time to date in Dallas has been solid if unspectacular and with the Mavericks in a far better position to challenge at the right end of the NBA it would seem Bryant's tireless pursuit of Rondo may be in vein.
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Free Agency plans
The Lakers are certainly in need of some summer investment and there has been much speculation as to who the franchise will attempt to bring in in free agency. Rondo's arrival, should Kobe succeed where he failed just a few months ago, would be an upgrade on current PG Ronnie Price but the franchise are unlikely to stop there.
Recent reports have linked the Lakers to a whole host of top names including, but not limited to, Kevin Love, Goran Dragic, Marc Gasol and LeMarcus Aldridge.
Currently sitting on a 12-31 record any arrivals would be welcomed and whats more, with Kobe Bryant likely only having one season left in his 36-year-old legs, head coach Byron Scott is soon going to need someone capable of spreading the ball and making some clutch players if plans to resurrect the struggling franchise are to come to fruition.
What do you think Lakers fans? Is there any chance of getting Rondo this summer, and is the point guard worth the fuss at this stage of his career? Let us know in the comments section below...