Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has promised that his former team will be NBA champions again pretty soon. And, while he's no longer lacing them up for the purple and gold, he's not above trash talking as a retiree.
Bryant seemed pretty confident over the Lakers' chances of winning another championship in the near future whilst speaking at the Lakers All-Access event at the Staples Center on Monday night. But there was also a thinly-veiled barb for perceived bandwagoner Warriors fans.
Steve Kerr's men are currently in the hunt for a third straight title, with the Lakers actually the last team to have won three consecutive championships, and they have amassed quite the following over the last few years.
Bryant, a guest at the event, spoke to the challenges LeBron James is facing as the team's franchise player. However, he simply couldn't resist a pop at a section of Golden State fans.
“They will figure it out,” he said. “They have talented pieces and (Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka) has put them in position with incredible flexibility. They will figure it out. So, enjoy the journey because we’ll be champions before you know it, and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”
This isn't likely to go down very well with Golden State and their supporters, bandwagoners or not, and the Mamba may have given the Dubs even more motivation to get that three-peat.
LeBron, meanwhile, has been doing some heavy lifting since joining the Lakers, although it's not something he's unused to. The superstar has been doing just about everything for the side this season, including operating as a point guard at various points. But Kobe has described it as a "balancing act".
“It’s a test of Bron’s patience, and also doing what he needs to do to keep the team’s head above water,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “So it’s a balancing act.”
What This Means
Probably nothing, Bryant is known to throw barbs around from time to time, and there's really nothing wrong with coming out of nowhere to support a successful team.
If he's right about the title, though, the Lakers can expect some bandwagoners themselves.