Recently, the Los Angeles Lakers hired former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown to be Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson’s successor.
One notable player that has been reluctant to discuss his thoughts on the hiring is Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, possibly suggesting a rift between the two.
However, the future Hall of Famer finally broke his silence on Brown and also discussed his expectations for next season. ESPN’s George Smith asked Bryant about the level of communication between the two, to which number 24 replied, “We’ve talked. We’ve met, we’ve talked several times, met several times. We have been in dialogue there has been an open dialogue.”
As for his thoughts on the actual hiring?
“He just seems like the type of coach that buttons everything up, so I think as players we’ll all be happy.
Judging by his statement, however brief it may be, suggests he is optimistic about his new head coach’s prowess.
As of now, we are in the midst of a lockout, meaning players cannot practice with their coaches, so, as a result, Bryant may have more information to share once players can officially set foot on the Lakers’ El Segundo, California practice facility without the prospect of the team facing a $1 million fine.
Bryant also addressed his expectations for next season in the interview, saying, “Our expectations is to win the whole thing, — always is, and I think we have the personnel to do it. I don’t know what changes they have in mind to make, if any, but we have the pieces to do it again and our plan is to do it again.”
It remains to be seen if Los Angeles can actually “do it again” but Bryant certainly expects the Larry O’Brien Trophy to return to the Staples Center. However, that may be a bit unrealistic, considering that the Lakers are an aging team, and they would have to go through the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and possibly the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in order to raise the storied franchise’s 18th banner, a feat which would I would certainly classify as a tall task.
However, Laker fans, we will all see what happens this upcoming season, whenever that may be.