Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are in unfamiliar territory after they got sent packing by the young and relentless OKC Thunder. There seems to be more questions than the Lakers can answer at this moment such as the future of their franchise and roster upgrades, but Kobe’s sure about one thing this isn’t the end of him or the Lakers.
“It’s kind of unfamiliar territory,” Bryant said after midnight and after the Thunder beat the Lakers 106-90 on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena and 4-1 in the series. “I’m really not used to it. It’s pretty odd for me. I’m not the most patient of people and the organization’s not extremely patient either. We want to win and win now. I’m sure we’ll figure it out. We always have and I’m sure we will again.”
Pressed about being a veteran team that had just been knocked out of the playoffs by the youthful Thunder, Bryant said: “I’m not fading into the shadows, if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not going anywhere.” “The entire team…” a reporter began the follow-up question. “We’re not going anywhere,” Bryant interrupted. “It’s not one of those things where the Bulls beat the Pistons and the Pistons disappeared forever. I’m not going for that (stuff).”-Source
Leave it to Kobe to be as confident as ever despite recently losing a playoff game. The real question isn’t wether the Lakers will be back, but more importantly how and with whom? Who’d think that the post Phil Jackson era would kick off like this?