The Los Angeles Lakers recently revealed that Kobe Bryant would miss the remainder of the season of injuring his left knee. Bryant only played six games this season. The Lakers had no chance to make the playoffs with or without Bryant on the floor. Now, with their best player out for the year, their chances of improving next year has gotten better since we now know that Bryant will be fully healthy upon his return. Here is what Kobe had to say via press release on NBA.com:
“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp.”
With Bryant out, the Lakers are sure to continue their horrid play this season, which may give them the opportunity to draft high, possibly landing Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, or Andrew Wiggins to add some much-needed depth to their starting lineup. I have no doubt that the Lakers will be a better all-around team next season. Without Bryant, and a slew of new players on the roster, it was impossible for this team to have a successful season, especially in a stacked Western Conference.
Although Bryant vowed to return this season, it is in his and the Lakers’ best interest to sit out the remainder of the year, so that this team can get back on track before the start of the 2014-15 season. The Lakers will improve through the draft, and they could land a few solid players through free agency. One thing the Lakers will always have is one of the most lucrative markets in the league, which draws the attention of top tier players throughout the NBA.
Lakers fans worldwide are down on their team due to their poor performance this season and the injury sustained by Bryant, which originally sidelined him late last season. Even with all of the bad news floating around, fans in Los Angeles should be happy that Kobe is willing to sit out in hopes of getting completely healthy, rather than returning to a team with an atrocious roster and re-injuring himself, which could have possibly led him to missing more time going into next season. So, this all works out well for everyone involved. Things have to get bad before they can get better sometimes, and this is clearly the case for the Lakers. Luckily, they will have the opportunity to quickly piece things together before all hope is lost.