At 26-29, the Lakers sit at in 9th place, 3.5 games out of the West’s 8th seed (currently held by Houston). Despite a injury ridden and bumpy first half, Kobe Bryant insists his team will make the playoffs.
According to Sports Illustrated:
SI: Can you get this done? And is it hard that after winning five championships you’re battling to make the playoffs?
Bryant: It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.
SI: OK, that’s you, who has never been known for lack of confidence.
Bryant: But I’m not talking about just me. Us as a group. We will make the playoffs.