Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 2/22/13
The San Antonio Spurs own the best record in the NBA, sit atop the Western Conference, have a legit MVP candidate (Tony Parker) and are looking like a well-oiled machine that will once again be challenging for the NBA crown. The Los Angeles Lakers have been struggling all season. Dwight Howard isn't meshing with the team, is dealing with injuries and struggling to produce consistently. The team went through a coaching change early in the season, and currently are out of the playoff hunt in the West. Needless to say, these two team are heading in opposite directions but do not tell that to Lakers' Kobe Bryant.   Always brimming with confidence, in an interview with SI.com, Bryant made it clear -- the Lakers will make the playoffs and says he does not fear the mighty Spurs despite his team's 0-2 record versus the Spurs this regular season.  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. At first blush, Spurs fans may scoff at Bryant's comment, add this comment to the pile of reasons they love to hate him, point to the better team this regular season and basically, laugh in Kobe's face. However, as a leader, what do you expect Bryant to say? Do you really think he'll admit his team is inferior to the Spurs? That the Lakers fear an opponent they might face should they make the playoffs? No. He has to send a message to his team to let them know they should not fear any team should they make the playoffs. If the leader is fearless, then the rest of the team should be fearless. Imagine if Tim Duncan and the Spurs were struggling and were just outside of making the playoffs. As Spurs fans, you would want to hear Duncan rallying the troops, and exclaiming he fears no team despite team struggles. That's what a leader does and that is what Kobe is doing here. However, Bryant's comment did give the Spurs a heaping scoop of locker room material. If I am the Spurs, I am reading this comment when they face Kobe and the Lakers in their next regular season matchup and especially in the playoffs should they draw Los Angeles. Nonetheless, Bryant may be saying he doesn't fear the Spurs but first thing is first, the Lakers have to make the playoffs.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kings engaging in trade talks for Cousins

Report: Romo willing to rework contract to facilitate trade

Lonzo Ball's father says son is better than Curry right now

Report: Rams could have interest in Cousins if Goff flops

Report: Butler to Celtics talk will loom over All-Star week

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Carmelo expects to remain with Knicks

James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

Report: Pats expected to make good effort to keep Bennett

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker