Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 12:55 pm  |  54 responses

Kobe Bryant Guarantees that the Lakers Will Make the Playoffs

Never one to lack confidence, Kobe Bryant is certain that the Los Angeles Lakers — currently in 9th place, and trailing the surging Houston Rockets by 3.5 games in the standings with just 27 ballgames remaining — will qualify for the postseason. Once there, Kobe says that he’s not worried about going up against any of the Western Conference powers. From a Q&A with SI: “Dwight (Howard) hasn’t been the happiest of campers. How about your rep for being tough on teammates? Is that part of it? Bryant: ‘Look, I talk to him all the time. In his ear all the time, not so much now but early on. Pushing him quite a bit. That’s just how I am.’ [...] Can you get this done? And is it hard that after winning five championships you’re battling to make the playoffs? Bryant: ‘It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.’ OK, that’s you, who has never been known for lack of confidence. Bryant: ‘But I’m not talking about just me. Us as a group. We will make the playoffs. And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game [a 107-97 loss in Miami on Feb. 10]. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass. OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwayne Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.’”

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  • shutup

    Que the haters, but I don’t see this happening.

  • RKJ92

    Enough said.. LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    He also didn’t think the Lakers would get swept by the Mavs in 2011, or lose to the Thunder last year, and we all know how that went.

  • Feez_22

    hehehehehehe… Using a moral victory as a main example of why you can make the playoffs… THIS IS WHAT THE LAKERS HAVE STOOPED TO! 6 MINUTES OF ASG DEFENSE AND MORAL VICTORIES. It’s the child equivalent of gumdrops and rainbows.

    Damn Shame.

  • Marcuz

    they have a chance..albeit a slim one but imo it more relies on Houston/Jazz playing poorly.

    Right now the Rockets are 30 – 26…26 games left to play…if the play .500 ball they should hold on to the 8th spot….the Lakers would have to play .600 or better and still hope that the Rockets play bad

    Crazier things have happened but for some reason I just don’t see this incarnation of the Lakers pulling it off

  • RayJr

    Houston keeps on winning and holding the Lakers off. Either need for them to get on a losing streak or Utah to stay in their slump to catch a spot.

  • Seth

    I would be so happy if LA doesn’t get in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    definitely a safe assumption

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    moving on to the second round, well that’s a different story

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    I aint gunna lie, I wanna see them fail just because everytime i wake up an watch ESPN, that is the worst team they continue to cover relentlessly.

  • shockexchange

    Way to go out on a limb Horry Jr … you’re only blessed with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L.” The Shock Exchange would shudder to think if you only played with “equal talent.”

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i honestly dont see them not making the playoffs

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not even a little.

  • spit hot fiyah

    who does he think he is? rasheed Wallace?

  • pposse

    same here, call me crazy but i can even see them putting up a good fight and potentially beating the spurs in the first round, and then all hell will break loose

  • JML-G

    we dont believe u, u need more people

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Boy…how the times have changed. The Lakers went from 73-9 talk to I hope we make the playoffs as the 8th seed.

  • RayJr

    With last night’s win they are practically in the 2nd round.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I just can’t not see them making it. It’s not that I think Utah or Houston will falter, I just can’t see the Lakers not making it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Utah has won 3 in a row and 7 of 10…

  • LakeShow

    I upvoted this only because I love the Lion King lol.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t blame anyone for not thinking they will make it. I can’t wrap my mind around them not, so I choose to side with KB even if it’s unrealistic.
    But yes, I do think they will make it.

  • Caboose

    Cause that reasoning made perfect sense.

  • LakeShow

    Well, ya know… A few things happened along the way.

  • Caboose

    I personally don’t like their chances but it’s far from a foregone conclusion either way. Interesting: the Lakers’ last game is against Houston. How crazy would it be if that game determined who made the playoffs?

  • RayJr

    My bad. Could’ve sworn they were in a 6 game slump…I might’ve been thinking about the Warriors and said Utah instead. Ok then Utah needs to GET into a slump. It’ll happen if they trade Jefferson and/or Millsap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    that was my point lol…I don’t have actual reasoning…but the Lakers will make the playoffs

  • Caboose


  • RKJ92

    Lets be real.. Who doesnt.. Haha :)

  • i_ball

    They still have a chance. And Kobe can’t say anything else, frankly.

  • LakeShow

    good call… could be an exciting finish to the season.

  • shaqtinafool

    lol he was referring to a loss. you fool.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Houston leads the season series 2-1. So if it comes down to that game, it will be all sorts of interesting

  • Caboose

    Especially since those two teams have a recent history of going at each other in the Playoffs…

  • roscoe

    double negative… english teachers are frustrated w/ u MG.

  • roscoe

    by shudder do you mean something important?

  • shockexchange

    Sco Sco … Sco … Sco, the Shock Exchange would “shudder” because if Horry Jr played with only “equal talent” to the rest of the L he would prolly take his ball and go home.

  • bill

    I’ll bet my paycheck for the whole year vs. your paycheck for one game, Kobes.

  • bill

    Reality set in was one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Lion King is the greatest.

  • Mars

    yah. I guess so. They have ZERO bench. Only to be eliminated in the first round.

  • LakeShow

    And what is that reality?

  • bike

    They will make the playoffs.
    They will go farther than anyone envisions right now.
    They won’t win a chip this year but they very well could next year.
    As long as no one panics and does something stupid.

  • Mike

    Ok. you’r crazy.

  • Josh Langlois

    Yes, it’s a double negative, but it was done purposefully to make a point. It isn’t grammatically correct, but it emphasizes his proposition better than simply stating it in the positive. “I just can’t see the Lakers not making it.” has a very different meaning than “I can see the Lakers making it.” If you can’t differentiate the two statements, then I’m sorry but I can’t help you. So if any English teachers out there are actually frustrated, those teachers are most likely people who speak broken English as a second language, instructing other non-English speakers, in a dubious English class, in some foreign, non-English speaking country. Or they are American English teachers who aren’t smart enough to realize the implications of applying the “double negative” rule blindly in every circumstance are sometimes absurd, as they are here. In that case, they are frustrated more by their own ignorance than the “error” they purported to correct. And by the way, “Roscoe” and “they” are interchangeable throughout this entire post (notwithstanding obvious grammatical problems created by doing so).

  • Jester

    Imagine if they did make play offs and won it all. how crazy would everything be hahaah

  • Conor

    How often have they all been healthy, Bill? Gasol, Hill, and Nash have missed significant time. Howard and Blake, too. The reality is that even when they defeated OKC, Boston, and Brooklyn (and were actually outplaying Miami until they began throwing the ball away, most recently), the Lakers were depleted.

    A healthy season with Clark at P.G., Jamison/replacement at F, and Hill at either F-C, next season, will ensure their contention. This season, if Howard continues to play to his potential – albeit limited – there is still a chance to make noise if they make it to April.

  • Conor

    *Clark at S.F.

  • Feez_22

    What did you think i implied from “MORAL VICTORY”? … Direct quote from kobe:

    “… And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game [a 107-97 loss in Miami on Feb. 10]. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass. OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwayne Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.’”

    That sounds like a MORAL VICTORY to me. BTW, moral victories in sports context is usually taking something positive from a LOSS to legitimize future aspirations for the team. That was what i was inferring to… So who is the fool now?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just want to say, if you think Kobe is no more than Robert Horry, then right now, you are saying they don’t have more talent then anybody. They have 1 superstar. A robert horry. a 39 year old PG. and their PF who you do think is a superstar (correct?) is out with a foot injury.
    So, by your OWN definition, they do not have more talent than anybody else.
    That is, unless you want to change your opinion of Kobe Bryant.

  • shockexchange

    When completely healthy they have “exceptionally more” talent. Without the Gimp, they merely have “a whole heckuva lot more” than the rest of the L.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that doesn’t make sense.

  • z

    Nbk got u on this argument shock but dam do i enjoy readin your comments. U r hilarious

  • shockexchange

    There actually isn’t an argument. nbk tries to twist the Shock Exchange’s words. With Pau Gasol / Andrew at the same ___ time, if Horry Jr is indeed the “second coming of MJ” how could they not (i) win chip after chip, and (ii) darn near miss the playoffs with Nash, MWP, Pau Gasol / Rent-A-Center at the same ____ time?
    Next thing nbk will argue is “Kobe is not like Robert Horry. Robert Horry is 6’10″ and Kobe is only 6’6″. See, you know nothing about basketball Shock.”