After setting high expectations at the beginning of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers need to figure out a way to turn things around in the final months of the regular season if they’re going to have any shot at reaching the playoffs. In fact, anything short of the playoffs this year would be nothing but an embarrassment for a Los Angeles team loaded with stars, but according to Kobe Bryant–there’s nothing to worry about.
Bryant guaranteed the Lakers would make the playoffs in a recent interview and despite all of the struggles from this season–his prediction doesn’t seem all that crazy. At the moment, Los Angeles is only 3 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and if they can manage to get hot at the right time–there’s no reason why they can’t earn one of the final spots.
On paper, the Lakers should have been one of the top teams in the Western Conference, but injuries and lack of team chemistry have prevented them from doing so. Still, as the league has seen in the past, all bets are off once the playoffs start in April and anything is possible for Los Angeles if they can just manage to reach the playoffs.
They have some of the best players in the league on their roster–so there’s no reason why they can’t compete with the best as well. If Kobe is willing to guarantee the Lakers make the playoffs, then you know he’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.
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