Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  23 responses

Kobe Bryant ‘Absolutely’ Expects the Lakers to Win the Championship

Kobe Bryant has never been one to lack in confidence, and with his squad preparing for a Playoff run, Kobe says that he expects to be hoisting the NBA championship trophy in June. From ESPN: “I expect to win it, absolutely,’ Bryant said. ‘I think the thing that’s our biggest strength is our versatility and our size. (Ramon) Sessions has added another dimension to our team in terms of speed and point guard that can score the ball. Our bench has been playing extremely well. We’ve been shooting the ball extremely well, and our biggest key is our perimeter shooting, limiting our turnovers, and keeping the game at our pace. If we can do those things in the postseason, I like our chances.’ [...] Not that the opponent really matters to Bryant. ‘Everybody’s a problem,’ Bryant said when asked who the top contenders were. ‘The Western Conference has been tough from top to bottom now for years. There are no easy matchups. You can’t look at one particular matchup and say, ‘OK, that’s going to be an easy series. That’s going to be a gimme series.’ That just doesn’t happen in the Western Conference. The Clippers have a good seed at the four slot, and they’ve got to face Memphis. You’re looking at us in the third slot, and we’ve got to deal with a Denver team that’s incredibly active and a great scoring team or we’ve got to play the defending champs. There’s no easy matchup.’ One thing the Lakers will have on their side through the tough playoff run is the collaboration of their leaders. Bryant said that he and first-year Lakers coach Mike Brown are on the same page after a rocky inaugural season together. ‘It’s better than it’s ever been,’ Bryant said. ‘At the start of the season, the relationship was all new. So we still were kind of trying to feel out each other, and see what he likes, what I like, what the team needs and so on and so forth. Midway through the season, you have struggles, you have bumps on the road where you have to figure things out. That’s true with any championship team. You look at the (New York) Giants last year; that was a dysfunctional crew. Not to say that we were dysfunctional, but you have ups and downs and that’s just part of working through it. I think teams that are standing at the end are teams that are able to figure things out, continue their open lines of communication, and make themselves a better ballclub at the end. So right now, we’re in a very good place.’”

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  • tomtom

    go lakers!!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Ok, Kobe.

  • ClydeTheGlide

    It’s Kobe… I don’t think he’d expect anything else.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    Kobe would expect to win it all even if the Lakers weren’t in the playoffs.

  • FLIGHT 9

    I hope they win… anyone cept the HEAT. BUT with MIKE Brown??? Impossible…..

  • Bravo

    L.a gon do it

  • timbo slice

    i think it was sun tzu who said appear strong when you are weak….

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie1

    And I think it was Kobe who said Eff Sun Tzu

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    He’s right to say and/or think that. You have to go out there expecting to win, otherwise what’s the point?

    But I don’t see them going all the way. Too old, too slow, not enough depth, sloppy defense, so-so coaching, I just don’t see it happening.

    Even when the Lakers were winning 2-3 years ago, it was because they had so much more talent than everybody else. To win with this team, they have to play basic, disciplined basketball, with great defense, great coaching and make very few mistakes. (Like Jordan Bulls during the second three peat) I just haven’t seen that this year.

  • Ali

    What else is he suppose to say or think. Hahaha…

  • lakernation

    I expect the Lakers to win it too! LETS GO LAKERS!

  • fruizm

    @timbo slice…..or lao tzu?

  • robb

    The Grizzlies are 4th not the Clippers

  • timbo slice

    This is almost as funny as Dave Chappelles Lil John skits. YEEEAAH !!!! OK! !! WHAT? ! ‘ the lakers are gonna win it all’ WHAT? !!?? OUUGHKAAAAY !!!

  • Hubie

    Get Ron Ron to start taking his medications somewhere in the second round

  • Mike Mihalow

    I ‘absolutely’ expect them NOT to win

  • dee

    I don’t think the Lakers can beat the Thunder in a 7 game series. Don’t think they can beat Memphis in a 7 game series either. But the playoffs are all about match ups…Memphis will play spoiler this year possibly knocking off the Spurs in the 2nd round. The Lakers have to find a way to outplay and hustle and young hungry Thunder team. Far fetched maybe but it could happen. The first round will give the Lakers a chance to play Hill and Ebanks more…hopefully the opening series will give them the confidence they’ll need agaisnt OKC. Same thing for the Eastern Conference.

  • Ryan

    I haven’t read any comments yet but im sure people are talking sh*t like “you wish kobe. LMAO”

    what else is he suppose to say? “oh no this team sucks we will get swept in the 1st round”

    The Lakers have a legit shot at a title, just got to execute & play hard

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  • http://B.R. freezie59

    Kobe,Kobe, Kobe.Who M.W.P hit? kobe or Harden? Wake up Kobe. No more dreams at least this season

  • Hehehe

    Its what is expected……… But to go into all that detail? Lakers have no shot. Kobe jackin up 38 shots and. Enraging his teammates for not scoring is more realistic.

  • Hateyouhaters!

    A lotta haters! I hope you watched game 1, and by the way, more W2 to come, 15 more to be exact, and all of yah haters will be eating your words.