5 Changes Los Angeles Lakers Need Kobe Bryant To Make in 2014-15

5 Changes Kobe Bryant Needs To Make In 2014-15

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Kobe Bryant only played in six games in the 2013-14 season, and his true comeback campaign was pushed back even further as a result. Last November Kobe Bryant signed a two-year, $ 48.5 million contract, and while there is no way he can live up to that signing (in the present), there are five changes he can make to give himself a better shot at more playoff glory.

5. Improve Ball Handling/Cut Down On Turnovers

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5. Improve Ball Handling/Cut Down On Turnovers

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Bryant averaged 5.7 turnovers in the six games he played last year, and those six games showed that he has indeed lost some of the speed and quickness that aided his playmaking skills. Bryant will have to adjust to a more reserved playing style, possibly relying more on post-ups and screen-and-rolls. Either way, Bryant has to get back in shape and get closer to three turnovers a game for his team to be successful.

4. Further Embrace The Mid-Range Game

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4. Further Embrace The Mid-Range Game

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The Black Mamba is known for his mastery of the mid-range jump shot, and he needs to rely even more on that weapon to extend his career. Bryant had started to show signs of caring more about efficiency with high percentage shots over the past few seasons, and for him that means mid-range. In last year's six-game flurry, he shot 50 percent on shots in-between 10-16 feet. In 78 games in 2012-13, he shot 47 percent on shots in that range.

3. Focus On Rebounding

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3. Focus On Rebounding

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The Lakers were one of the worst rebounding teams last year, coming in at 25th in the league with 41 rebounds per game. Their rebounding will surely be boosted by rookie Julius Randle, but Bryant can help here as well. Bryant averages 5.3 rebounds per game for his career. Next year, whether it be through playing more small forward or simply dedicating more attention to boxing out, he can greatly increase that number while helping his squad out.

2. Take A Page From Gregg Popovich's Book

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2. Take A Page From Gregg Popovich's Book

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Ever the warrior, Bryant, has averaged less than 30 minutes per game since his second season. He had also never played in less than 50 games in a season, until last year that is. Now that Bryant is finally dealing with old age and injury he should have his new coach manage his minutes a la Gregg Popovich. Pop made a career out of preserving his aging stars, and Kobe needs to let the Lakers do the same.

1. Trust Julius Randle And Help Him Feel Comfortable

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1. Trust Julius Randle And Help Him Feel Comfortable

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Kobe is tough on everyone, including rookies. His cold-and-calculated demeanor has rubbed some the wrong way and was partly responsible for Dwight Howard leaving L.A. The Lakers couldn't land another star, so Bryant owes it to the franchise to prepare Randle to be the star in L.A. As the roster is currently, no one else has the potential to be the star after Bryant leaves. If Bryant can build up Randle's confidence L.A. will have a bright future.

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