The Los Angeles Lakers just added a lot of talent to a roster that was already pretty talented. That will have any number of intended and unintended consequences alike, but the most intriguing is what will become of Kobe Bryant.
The iconic shooting guard is no stranger to playing with other superstars, but this will be the first time he's played alongside three of them since 2004, and you really can't compare the declining Karl Malone and Gary Payton to what L.A. now has on hand.
And apart from personnel adjustments, the Lakers will also be looking to shake up their game plan by making the Princeton offense an integral component of their strategy.
With Bryant's time to win a sixth title running short (in relative terms, anyway), there won't be much time to figure things out. The good news is that cerebral leaders like Kobe are as well-equipped as anyone to learn new tricks.
The even better news is that he's willing to makes changes, even if it means accepting a slightly reduced role (emphasis on the "slightly")—or at least we think he's willing to. Here are five reasons why.