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Nick Young says it is 'kind of boring' in L.A. without Kobe Bryant

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There is a new narrative surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers. It is no longer about Kobe Bryant, it is about the young core, that will take the franchise into the future, and their youthful coaching staff.

For the first time since 1995, the famous Purple and Gold will head into an NBA season without the five-time champion and much of the emphasis has been put on the performances of youngsters like D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram.

However, during a packed media day at the Lakers' training facility yesterday, Nick Young, who is looked upon as something of a veteran in the team at the age of 31, noticed something was amiss.

On the absence of Bryant, he said: "It's kind of boring in here."

There was never a quiet minute with the Black Mamba in the gym, and it is up to the young bucks to stamp their own mark on the organisation and create a new identity for the Lakers.

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Losing such a huge player in the locker room can have a detrimental effect on any team and the inaugural season of Bryant's retirement will be a mental challenge for the players as much as anything.

Young is still fighting for his spot on the roster, with the Lakers finding it impossible to trade him, but now dubbing himself 'Uncle P' - if he shows a level of a maturity we come to expect from a player over 30 - then he could still have future in the City of Angels.

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