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Kobe Bryant has been keenly watching the Los Angeles Lakers organization take its initial steps of the LeBron James Era. So far, the Lakers legend likes what he sees.
“I think they’re building the team smartly, they’re building strong physical players…,” Bryant told Mario Lopez during an appearance on “Extra” this week. “What I mean by that is they don’t have players that are one-dimensional… ‘Cause you can’t beat [the] Golden State [Warriors] by playing Golden State-style — just not going to happen.”
The Lakers obviously landed most sought-after free agent on the market by signing James to a four-year, $153 million contract. The team then supplemented the James acquisition by signing veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley, who join a budding young cast of potential superstars highlighted by Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.
Lakers president of basketball operations recently admitted the acquisition of LeBron James “fast-tracked a lot of things.” That said, Bryant appears to endorse how Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are running the show.
Much has been made about how Bryant may be taken aback by the hype surrounding the Lakers having a new King on the block. Not only is has it been made clear that Kobe’s legacy is fully secure with the Lakers, the only naysayers appear to be disgruntled Bryant backers on the fringes who have engaged in such disgraceful acts as vandalizing James murals in L.A.
On another note, Bryant of course turned 40 on Thursday, and Lopez would have been remiss not to ask the Lakers icon about the milestone birthday.
“Wisdom comes with that, that’s what they say — so do white hairs,” Bryant said.
Indeed. And the Black Mamba made it abundantly clear he is not sweating joining the 40s club, not in the least.