LA Lakers worse since Kobe Bryant's return?

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LA Lakers swingman Nick Young has admitted that Kobe Bryant's return may not actually be all too beneficial for the franchise if they don't get used to it quickly.

Bryant made his long-anticipated come-back from injury against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday having not played for the Lakers since April due to a problem with his Achilles tendon.

He also played against the Phoenix Suns last night, but has yet to experience a win following his return to on-court duties.

On top of that the stats show that the Lakers are scoring 21 points fewer per 100 possessions with Bryant on the team than they were without him.

Such figures point to the notion that Kobe might literally be so good that the Lakers are struggling to adapt to having him back, because they've adapted their style to playing without a focal point.

Young confirmed this after the loss to the Suns, stating: "Sometimes you can catch yourself watching [Bryant] while you're out there on the floor… We can't just defer to him every time."

It's no secret that many of the current crop of stars spent their formative years idolising the Lakers legend, but have they become so used to playing with him that they now don't have room for his exceptional talents?

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