The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2012-13 season with hopes of glory, greatness and NBA championships, and while Dwight Howard and Steve Nash were going to be the final pieces to the puzzle, it was Kobe Bryant who was supposed to lead them all the way.
Needless to say, things haven’t gone according to plan for the team from L.A.
At just 11-14, Los Angeles is sitting as the lowly 12th-ranked team out West, and they’re struggling to compete with even the most mediocre teams that the league has to offer. Things must improve for the Lakers to stand a chance, but sometimes adversity is when we find out the most about people.
At this point in Bryant’s playing days, we haven’t learned anything drastic about the 16-year veteran. But that in itself says something, doesn’t it?
In the middle of the changes and struggles that have shaken the foundation of the franchise, Bryant is still the same player he’s been since he first found success at the professional level.
Not everything we’ve learned about Bryant this season has been good, but it hasn’t all been bad either. The legendary 2-guard is looking for his sixth championship ring, and he’s not going to change his approach for anybody at this point in his career.
*All Statistics and standings are accurate as of December 17, 2012 at 12:00 A.M.