This is probably not the best time to make guarantees, but Kobe Bryant has made one.
The Lakers, he said, will make the playoffs.
Granted, theyre three games under .500 and 3 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Bryant sounded certain when he told SI.com that it was going to happen.
It's not a question of if we make the playoffs, Bryant told the website. 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.
Steve Nash, although not as vocal, backed Bryant on the issue.
Thats great, Nash said. You love it when your best player has that confidence and that challenge. Hes put it out there for us to go get it now.
Added coach Mike D'Antoni: Im not a guarantee kind of guy but Ill let Bryant do the talking since hes got to do the walking.
"Hes got a lot to say about it, so thats good. I dont mind, as long as we back it up. I think its great. You have ...