Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant Says He Will Be Back Next Game

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IApril 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won112-108 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers will finally get their best player back on April 20 against the San Antonio Spurs

There were some clips during the game that showed Kobe in street clothes after the shootaround and training in Oracle Arena. ESPN's Ric Bucher interviewed Kobe after they showed the clips. Bucher asked Kobe when he will be back, and Kobe answered, "I'll be back in the next game." 

The Lakers have actually played well in the Black Mamba' absence. Both Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace look very confident in their abilities; MWP and Gasol have seen a great spike in their numbers, and the Lakers are enjoying how effective the two have been. 

It is very important that Gasol and MWP play confident and to the best of their abilities. Last year in the playoffs, both Peace and Gasol did not play well, and it really hurt the team when they faced the Mavericks

Even though the Lakers have done well without Kobe, they will be more than happy to welcome him back against the Spurs. The Lakers were able to beat the Spurs in their first matchup this year, but San Antonio torched them yesterday. 

With Kobe in the starting lineup, the Lakers will have a much better chance at defeating the Spurs and earning the highest possible playoff seed.

Kobe's absence has been enough to instill confidence in his teammates. Now that the Black Mamba will be back in action, the Lakers must continue to play with this high level of confidence if they want to win their third championship in four years. 


Sammy Sucu is a Featured Columnist for the WWE. Sammy also writes for the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Lakers. You can follow him on Twitter.