Kobe Bryant sincerely believes that the Lakers will make it to the playoffs. No ifs, ands, or buts. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Bryant says "it's not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will."
That's tough talk coming from a team that is 28-30. Still, Bryant is not one to sugarcoat things. His belief in his team is not immune to that.
First glance, and it seems Bryant is trying to motivate his team. However, based on his blunt personality, Bryant's confidence is coming from a place of truth.
And here's why.