“You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time,” said Bryant, 35, who signed a two-year contract worth roughly $48.5 million on November 25.
Bryant, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee eight months later in December, averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds over six contests.
Without Bryant, the Lakers (27-55) finished in the basement of the Pacific Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs for only the third time in two decades.
To strengthen their roster, general manager Mitch Kupchak drafted Julius Randle in June and subsequently acquired Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin as free agents.
Considering Father Time is undefeated, Bryant can’t be pleased with Kupchak’s work this offseason.
A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection, Bryant has competed in 1,245 games as a professional and is graying and worn.
Although it’s possible the “Black Mamba” was bit by two fatal athletic injuries in less than a year, an extended layoff may prove to be ideal and allow Bryant’s bummed hoof to mend.
Regardless, whether gimpy or potent, Kobe Bryant should be more “afraid” of the Lakers’ 2014-2015 campaign than “that next wave of things.”by