The Los Angeles Lakers introduced their new crop of free agents—Lou Williams, Roy Hibbert and Brandon Bass were all paraded in front of the local media Wednesday afternoon—and there’s a very good chance that Kobe Bryant has never heard of any of these folks.

An ominously long silence fell upon the incoming trio when asked if Kobe has been in touch.

Yep, it’s shaping up to be yet another great season in Laker Land.

Per the LA Daily News:

Usually, the players will share that Bryant texted or talked with them on the phone. Sometimes, they will divulge what insight or advice Bryant offered. But center Roy Hibbert, guard Lou Williams and forward Brandon Bass, all of whom the Lakers acquired this offseason, indicated in an introductory press conference on Wednesday they had not heard from the Lakers’ star. […] Hibbert shook his head “no.” The players looked at one another. Brass smiled amid the deafening silence.

 

Bryant, who is entering the final year of his contract worth $25 million, has touched base with other players in the past. That included D’Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers drafted with the second overall pick. Bryant also sat in on the Lakers’ first free agency meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

Still, Bass mentioned earlier that his arrival with the Lakers partly hinged on Bryant, […] Said Bass: “I thought it was a great opportunity to play with one of the greatest ever to ever play the game.”