Everyone seems to agree that the Los Angeles Lakers, as presently constructed, will not compete for an NBA championship this year. Be it something as minor (and stupid) as signing Gilbert Arenas or as major as trading for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo – just about anyone you talk to thinks L.A.’s real favorite team makes a move.
Including Kobe Bryant.
Fresh off surpassing Shaquille O’Neal for fifth all-time on the NBA scoring list, Bryant sat down for an interview with 710 ESPN's "Max & Marcellus Show" on Wednesday. He delved into a whole bunch of topics, but by far his most interesting assertion was that he felt like the Lakers would make a move to improve the roster.
"I'm sure they'll do something," Bryant said. "They'll tweak something. I don't know what. But I'm sure they'll do something."
Later that same day, while practicing at TD Garden, Bryant didn’t back-peddle on those comments. Instead, he reaffirmed his faith in L.A. doing what needed to be done in order to get back to being a championship team.
“They obviously tried to pull the trigger on a trade that they thought was going to improve our team with CP and it just didn't happen. But, that shows me that they're thinking in the right direction in terms of doing things to improve our ballclub. So that's why I'm not really tripping on it. We have to be patient and we have to make the right moves and I'm sure we will."
What do you say: will the Lakers make a move before the trade deadline?