The Los Angeles Lakers will be praying for an improvement on last year in the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.
Free Agency Frenzy
The Lakers came into the off-season and free agency with a long list of targets that included the best player available, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Greg Monroe, who decided he would rather play for the Milwaukee Bucks than in Los Angeles.
That left the Lakers a bit light in the forward spots and altogether stacked in the guards, after drafting D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State and signing free agent Lou Williams to go alongside Jordan Clarkson.
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Kobe At The 4
The backlog in the guards looks like it is going to mean a big change for Kobe Bryant. The veteran shooting guard is seemingly being moved from the 2-spot he has held down for over a decade.
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott was speaking to David Aldridge of NBA.com, where he revealed that Bryant would be spending a fair bit of time at small forward next season and even at power forward.
The one thing that we wanted to do and accomplish through this draft and through free agency was to try and be a little more versatile, have some versatility. So I think (Clarkson, Russell, Williams) can definitely do that. Kobe can play one, two and three. There’s no doubt in my mind," Scott started off as saying.
He then went a bit deeper, saying that he truly believed Kobe could be a competitive force at the 4, even though he measures in at a meagre 6-foot-6, because of his sheer determination and never-back-down nature.
"And there’s some games. against some teams, where he’ll probably play four. With his tenaciousness, the way he guards people and when his mind is set, if I say ‘Kobe, you’ve got him,’ he takes that as a challenge. You know how he is. He’ll compete.”
If there is one thing Kobe Bryant will do for hours, it is compete in a situation where he is expected to lose. Waving a competition in front of Kobe is like pie on a window ledge for cartoon characters, they just can't resist.
Kobe will probably lose out thought. Just think about it, the West has Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Serge Ibaka and Dirk Nowitzki. Bryant has no chance against those All-Star power forwards.