Jordan, who was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame Class in 2009, is a six-time NBA champion, five-time Most Invaluable Participant and six-time NBA Finals MVP. While I don’t doubt Kobe has a closer view of the Lakers than I do, this may be a situation where looking at things from a distance might provide a better view. The Lakers have their 2014 first-round pick Randle as well as Bass at the power forward position. That’s good for them and the comedy is good for everyone else.
D’Angelo Russell might’ve just made rookie life with Kobe Bryant a bit harder on himself. They’re also returning Kobe and Julius Randle from injury.
It’s accepted these days that big-time free agents no longer are interested in playing with Bryant, explaining why the Lakers are left to sell their fans acquisitions like Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams.
His career, much like his game, has been worthy of imitation, from his signature shot – a textbook-form mid-range jumper, off the backboard no less – to his nickname, which doubles as a nod to the completeness of a dynamic player and the complete absence of a dynamic personality. In a current interview, Jordan admitted that he’s wonderful with Bryant doing his strikes and that he likes Bryant, whom he believes is likely one of the greatest within the recreation. If he is healthy he’s right up there with the best players in the league, that’s LeBron or whoever the best players in the league are. The Lakers have some quality rotation players and intriguing young talent, but that won’t be enough to make the postseason in the loaded Western Conference.