At Los Angeles Laker media day on Saturday, Kobe Bryant gave Dwight Howard — who left LA for the Houston Rockets this past offseason — one more parting gift.
Kobe was asked about the surprise level of Dwight’s departure and it’s safe to say that Kobe doesn’t want to keep brining up the past, and is far and away ready to move forward.
Well that’s one way to put how the majority of Lakers players, management and fans feel about Dwight’s move to Houston.
Kobe also commented about the thought of what the Lakers expectations are going to be compared of what they’ve been in the past. This is probably the lowest they’ve been in quite some time.
“Our expectations are always the same going into every single season: It’s to improve every day with the goal in mind of winning a championship,” Bryant said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else is saying, that’s the goal that we have.”
“Those people have been wrong before,” Bryant said, in an interview with Time Warner Cable. “They picked us to win a championship last year, and they were dead-ass wrong about that.”
So last season, everyone penciled the Lakers in the NBA Finals, the Western Conference Finals at the very least. This season, people have them just barely making the playoffs, if that. In other words (according to Kobe), the media has been wrong before and COULD be wrong again. So…
The Lakers will make the NBA Finals.