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In six games, Kobe Bryant seemed like he was still trying to find his sea legs on a team that had a lot less talent than he was used to. Averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, Bryant has had a hard time being efficient and careful with the ball.
Shooting 42.5 percent from the field while turning the ball over 5.7 times per game, Bryant didn't have a lot of time to adjust to the speed of the NBA game before being shelved by a knee injury.
In the new year, what Laker fans would like to see most is the return of the dominant and strong-willed Black Mamba and whether or not he can mesh with this unit and lead them back into the playoffs.
While he was sloppier with the ball, there is no doubt that his skills still remained. Like Michael Jordan before him, Bryant's game transitioned from athletic plays to primarily operating out of the post or out of isolation plays. While it isn't a guarantee, Bryant may still be able to regain his scoring prowess because of the fact that his scoring comes from his skills and his fundamentals rather than his athleticism.
Bryant was also always regarded as one of the best ball-handlers at his position. This wasn't the case in his first six games this season, but his ball-handling skills should return to form in the new year.
If Bryant can return to his facilitating ways from last season, the Lakers should have a chance to sneak into the backdoor of the playoffs.