After their 4th straight loss, Kobe Bryant is calling on those who have helped him win championships before to help change the course of the struggling Lakers.
“A lot of responsibility is going to fall on me and Pau [Gasol], but we need Metta [World Peace],” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. “Metta has a big presence on this team. I really encourage him to take that role head on – and to be an enforcer with it. But Metta, he’s done it before. We’ve won before together.”
“Metta’s just as intense as I am, and he’s got a lot of that psychopath attitude that I do.
“That’s something Magic and me talked about, about how [Michael] Cooper and him did that a lot, how they played off each other.”
I think Kobe has the right idea here. The Lakers need leadership, and the type of leadership they need is not going to come from the head coach, it’s going to come from the players.
The Lakers will improve, but the question is…will they improve enough to be mentioned in NBA championship conversations?