Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is reportedly “frustrated” with the team’s lack of direction.
The 35-year-old Bryant, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon last April and a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee 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.
A 15-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, the “Black Mamba” has competed in 1,245 games as a professional and is graying and worn.
Considering Father Time is undefeated, Bryant should be disappointed with the efforts of general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Fortunately for Bryant, the Lakers have a surplus of cap space and this year’s draft features Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and an extremely deep pool of underclassmen.
Plus, although it’s possible the “Black Mamba” was bit by two fatal athletic injuries over a span of eight months, this disastrous winter should ultimately prove beneficial and allow Bryant’s bummed hoof to heal.
If Kupchak does his job and the 10-time All-NBA First Team selection makes a healthy return, Kobe Bryant won’t be “frustrated” on the hardwood next autumn.by