Kobe Bryant has done things in this world that seem humanly impossible, and, as one might put it; insane. Putting 5 world championships in the Laker’s history book is one of many achievements that stands out throughout his career, but on a long scale, the level of performance he has been able to put in a night in and night out basis is what shocks everyone. After playing for about two decades in the league, Kobe’s on court show has never gone away from drawing the “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd. It seems as if his fadeaway jumpers, long threes, and clutch scoring games never seem to fade. Nevertheless, his critics are always questioning his capability season after season. Will Kobe come back from the injuries and make a statement? Can Kobe lead his team to the playoffs? These doubts go on and on, but what we do know is this; when he’s on the floor with a great supporting cast, the playoff picture will be looking great. And that’s exactly the story this year.
The Lakers have had an amazing offseason in which they signed Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, and Roy Hibbert- who would possibly elevate one of the worst teams in the league last year to being a playoff contender. Kobe said it himself to questions of whether or not the Lakers will make the playoffs; “absolutely”. Last year was a learning process for the Lakers, who were made up of mostly a young and inexperienced squad. This year is a complete change, and there’s a perfect combination with young, athletic, and experienced players. As for making the playoffs, anything can happen when you’re in the Western Conference. The answer to whether or not the Lakers will make a playoff appearance lies in the upcoming season, and whether or not they overcome the adversity.