Here is a more depressing picture for Lakers fans than seeing Kobe Bryant sitting on the sidelines this season while watching his undermanned team experienced yet another double-digit defeat.
The Lakers field so many questions pertaining to Mike D’Antoni’s head-coaching future, how they use their first-round pick and if Bryant can fully recover from two significant left Achilles tendon and left knee injuries that sidelined him last season for all but six games. Amid all that uncertainty entails something that could prove hard for Bryant to stomach. The Lakers’ rebuilding effort may not happen fast enough for Bryant to win his sixth NBA championship before his contract expires following the 2015-16 season.
Below is part two of my transcript with NBA TV analyst Rick Fox, the former three-time NBA champion with the Lakers who touched on that issue, the Lakers’ rebuilding era earlier this decade and why it might be hard to convince players to take a significant paycut to join the Lakers as he willingly did (You can read part one here).
What biggest question mark do you have about the Lakers’ rebuilding effort this offseason?
Kobe only competes for championships. That’s all he’s ever known. The biggest question mark is can they put together a roster heading into next season that is truly capable of competing for a championship. Knowing that Kobe is already impatient, my biggest question mark is I don’t know how patient Kobe can be or will be with the plan to get back to true Laker form. How do they balance the two. How do they balance the two? How do they balance rebuilding the Lakers at the pace that they seem to be patiently waiting for and executing the last three years versus putting Kobe in his last remaining years in a position to chase number six. One is going to be sacrificed.