Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Will “Absolutely” Make The Playoffs

By Staff  |  08/05/2015

Kobe Bryant

Despite steep competition in the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant believes his Los Angeles Lakers will "absolutely" make the playoffs.

The team won just 21 games last year and missed the postseason for the second straight year -- the first time that's happened since 1976. Still, the NBA superstar still believes the squad can make an impact in what could be his final season.

"We have talented players in their respective positions," Bryant said in a phone interview with Yahoo Sports this week. "We have some really young players. How exactly will the pieces of the puzzle fit? We really don't know.

"We are going to [training] camp trying to piece this together just like every other team does," he said. "We have to figure out what our strengths are, figure out what our weaknesses are. And every time we step on the court we are going to try to hide our weaknesses and step up to our strengths."

Kobe hasn't been able to carry his team the last three seasons, each of which ended early due to injury. When the new season starts, he'll be 37 years old, but says he feels great.

"The body is good. I feel good. ... My lower body is solid," he said. "There are no question marks on what I can do. My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy. That's the big difference."

The season will be his last under contract, and while he says it could be his last, he's yet to make a definitive decision.

So far, during the offseason, the Lakers have picked up No. 2 overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell and 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert, alongside veterans Lou Williams and Brandon Bass.

Will it be enough for a playoff run? We'll have to wait and see.