*Looks like great sports minds thing do think alike. Especially when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant – who is done for the rest of the season due to knee injury – revealed that he doesn’t have time to wait for the Lakers to retool in July 2015 when all-star forwards Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could become free agents.
“No. No. Nope. Not one lick,” Bryant told reporters as he adopted a sarcastic tone while discussing next season and the Lakers’ upper management.
“Oh, yeah, let’s just play next year and let’s just suck again. No. Absolutely not,” he said. “It’s my job to go out there on the court and perform, no excuses for it. Right? You’ve got to get things done.
“Same thing with the front office,” continued Bryant. “The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, it’s the same expectations I have for them up there. How can I be satisfied with it? We’re like 100 games under .500. I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for, this is not what we play for.”
Bryant’s criticism comes after Lakers’ announcement that he would not play the rest of this season because of a fractured knee.
As for Johnson, he took to Twitter to ding the team for making what he said was a big mistake in not pursuing Phil Jackson to join their front office, who reportedly has taken a job with the NY Knicks.
Jackson’s name also surfaced during Bryant’s chat with reporters, as he couldn’t believe the Lakers would just let Jackson join the front office of the New York Knicks.
“You know how I feel about Phil. I have so much admiration for him and respect and have a great relationship with him,” the NBA all-star said of his former coach. “Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.”