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Ex-Lakers star reveals why some players fail in LA - it involves Kobe

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We have heard several times down the years that playing with Kobe Bryant isn't always an easy task.

The Black Mamba's intensity on and off the court doesn't always go down well with certain players (see Dwight Howard and Shaq).

Kobe factor

And now one recently departed Lakers player, Jordan Hill, has opened up about just what it is Kobe does that may well leave some players struggling to succeed at the franchise.

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“When he’s on the floor it’s like (exhales), all you hear is Kobe’s mouth," explained the now Indiana Pacers star to NBA columnist Shane Young.

"He’s on the floor all you hear is Kobe’s mouth, like during practice and games, it get loud. It get loud. A lot of people can’t handle that I guess.”

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Hill spent three seasons at the Lakers before joining Indiana this offseason and, the way he explained the Kobe factor, it doesn't look like he was one of those to buckle under the pressure the perennial All-Star applies to the roster on a daily basis.

Character test

Clearly though, Bryant's style of motivation isn't going to go down well with everyone who walks through the Staples Center door.

So, with a host of young players making up the current roster, Lakers fans will be crossing their fingers that they are mentally capable of taking the onslaught that is about to come their way.

With Kobe Bryant potentially retiring at the end of the upcoming campaign the veteran star is only going to get louder as he looks to go out on a high. The likes of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and hyped rookie D'Angelo Russell best be ready to take instructions or they could be the latest in a fairly long line to buckle under the pressure of LA, and Kobe, life.

Lakers future

Kobe Bryant, of course, has failed to complete any of his last three seasons in the NBA due to injury. For player to hear a man on the slidelines barking orders or criticizing play might then be a little harder to take, and could easily get under your skin if you allow it.

Having said that, when that man has five NBA title and 17 All-Star appearances to his name you would be foolish not to listen. It is finding that balance that appears, at least according to Jordan Hill, to be the difference in making it as a Lakers player and falling by the wayside.

Lakers fans: Do you think Kobe Bryant has ever been a negative for the franchise? Have your say in the comments below...

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