Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant believes the team will have to lean on the players who have helped raise the banners in the Staples Center to turn the season around. "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." "It has to be the guys who have done it before." Bryant said he and Metta play off each other's intensity like Magic Johnson did with Michael Cooper back in the 80s. "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." Bryant is optimistic he and the rest of the Lakers (9-14) starters can turn the season around. "We're communicating," Bryant said. "Me and Pau, Metta and Coach D'Antoni. Steve and Dwight. We're communicating. We're going to figure this out." The Lakers should get some help when Steve Nash returns possibly next week and Gasol, who is eyeing a return Dec. 22.   "I'm feeling better," Gasol said. "We don't want to risk going back to the way it was before. We're taking it one step at a time so we won't have any setbacks and I won't have to be out any longer than I need to."

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5 Comments:
  • Sure am tired of hearing about the "run of the mill" Laker team and especially Kobe "the phoney" Bryant. Until the Fakers start playing some team defense they're going nowhere.
  • LOL!!! you called them Fakers. i see what you did there, instead of Lakers you changed the L to an F so it makes it seem like they are fake. that is just too precious. i hope your mommy knows how clever you are and she gives you a cookie.
  • It's that psychopath attitude that's what we need. Only for fun of course.
  • Why don't Kobe punk a$$ be the enforcer, answer--- because he's a punk a$$
  • I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT METTA WORLD PEACE. HE IS THE SECOND MOST CONSISTENT PLATER OF THE LA LAKERS. YOU'RE MA MANNN!!1
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