Kobe Bryant had just finished one of his most efficient games this season when his upbeat interview session with reporters stalled.
Someone asked him what the Lakers needed do to improve. He offered an important two-word response: "Transition defense."
That was Sunday. The Lakers got buried a day later in fastbreak points by the Denver Nuggets, 33-3, in a 119-108 loss. Bryant couldn't have been more accurate.
There is one place the Lakers (28-30) lead the league, and it's certainly not victories. They are surrendering 16.3 fastbreak points a game.
Bryant has a way to solve it.
"You have to almost overexaggerate getting back on defense. Literally, nobody can go to the offensive boards," he said.
That's one way of doing things.
Another is to get younger. That won't happen. Another is to stop committing turnovers. No indication that will happen, either.
The Lakers average 15.3 turnovers a game, fourth worst in the league. Bryant commits 3.6 a...