Kobe Bryant says LeBron James running point won’t help long-term success, but keep Lakers above water
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant continues to be involved with the franchise he spent 20 seasons with. Bryant, who spoke at a Lakers All-Access event on Monday, made headlines once again and gave a stern warning to the Golden State Warriors and its fans. In addition, the five-time NBA champion also had an interesting LeBron James comment.
The future Hall of Famer stated that James running the show won’t really move the needle for the Lakers’ chances at a championship in the long run, but will only help keep the team afloat as they figuring things out.
“It’s a test of Bron’s patience and also doing what he needs to do to keep the team’s head above water,” Bryant told Lakers play-by-play announcer Bill MacDonald, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “So, it’s a balancing act. They were struggling, Bron got the ball, took control, decided to start playing point, doing everything, doing everything.
“That’s not the recipe for winning championships by no means, but it is a recipe to keep your head above water, to give yourself a little breathing room and now it’s going back to teaching how to play the way that we want to play.”
The Lakers kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with a 2-5 record, but have since won 12 of their last 16 outings. LeBron James has taken over as the primary playmaker during these last few stretches, and this has translated into more wins for the purple and gold, who are now sitting at fifth in the vaunted Western Conference.
Right now, James still resorts to being a one-man crew in Los Angeles, taking over when the need arises. However, the Lakers are going to have to develop their young studs to help the aging James, who will turn 34 this month, carry the load eventually.
Without question, these young Lakers are learning on the fly with The King leading the way. But with LeBron James steering the ship alone and not letting others take the wheel, this may only dim their championship aspirations in the future.