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Confident Kobe: “It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs”

Feb 21, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant has never lacked for confidence.

And although his Lakers are three games below .500 and 3.5 games back of the eight-seed Houston Rockets, Kobe is sure the Lakers can make the playoffs. And has no doubt that once there they can do damage. Basically because Kobe has no doubt.

From an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“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….

“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.”

The Lakers can make the playoffs, and it’s easy to picture that after the way Dwight Howard played and the Lakers as a team against the Celtics Wednesday. But they have not been consistent about that kind of play all season. And that’s the real challenge — the Lakers have started to find a flow an identity, but they can’t afford more setbacks. Or injured shoulders.

The Rockets remain on pace to win 44 games. Just to match that the Lakers would need to go 18-9 the rest of the way — and the Lakers have been on that pace lately, winning six of their last nine. During that stretch it has looked as if they are starting to figure out who they are and what they have to do as a group. They are starting to find an identity.

But they are going to need a sustained level of success we have not seen from them this season. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy either.

That never stopped Kobe. He’s confident.

  1. losanginsight - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Kenny Smith (for what it’s worth) even back tracked on The Lakers not making the playoffs.
    If you are going to Hate on players on this site then you should note what city you are from so we can see what state, without any Championships in any sport, you are from.
    - Beautiful Los Angeles California.

  2. rodge1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    @spthegr8

    No problem with Kobe or the Lakers, they are both irrelevant… Laker fans want to talk sh#t but can’t take it back. Typical

  3. justorion - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    It’s not like football players can’t just restructure their contract to take a pay cut

  4. spthegr8 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    @rodge
    You contradict yourself. You have no problem with Kobe or the Lakers, but you are alway’s “TROLLING” laker post???? Makes NO SENSE!!!! I asked you who your team was but you didn’t answer. Which leads me to believe, that you are nothing more then a GARDEN VARIETY “TROLL”!!! Nothing better to do, then try to get under ppl’s skin. Its actually pretty PATHETIC!!!

  5. rodge1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    @spthegr8

    Too much anger dude. I don’t troll any posts for any team I’m particular. When teams’ fans talk crap about my team I return the favor… Nothing personal sweety

  6. rodge1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    @spthegr8

    How wrong am I about Kobe taking a pay cut?… Be honest

  7. spthegr8 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    @Rodge
    No anger here, just my thought’s @ the time. IMO, yeah he should take a pay cut. We could use the help. I answered your question, now answer mine. Who is your team???

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