Midway through his 17th season, has Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant reinvented himself as a point guard?
Over the past three games, Bryant has led to the Lakers to a three-game winning streak, dishing 39 assists while averaging just 16.3 points a game.
Bryant's new style of play is the key to turning may help his team's dismal 20-25 start to the season.
Is this pass-first Kobe Bryant nothing but a phase or is he here to stay?
"When I focus in on something, I become obsessed about it. I want to be perfect at it. It's my personality," Bryant said. "If I was to be a point guard, I'd obsess over it and I wouldn't stop until I got it absolutely right."
Is playmaking his new obsession?
"Can't you tell?" asked Bryant.
If you were to ask some former Lakers, Shaquille O'Neal perhaps, Bryant's singular focus can get in the way of the team concept. What if Bryant's compulsion is the team concept?
Over in the other locker room at Staples Center, Chris Paul averages 9.7 assists nightly.