(Sorry, but that image gets posted with every Lakers story. House rules.)
Kobe Bryant doesn't care anymore. Well, he does about his play on the court. But when he gives quotes? Nah. No fucks given.
Following the Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year's Day, Kobe Bryant had a simple answer for what has been plaguing 15-16 L.A. this season: age.
"Cause we're old as s---," said the 34-year-old Bryant when asked why a lack of energy has been a problem for the Lakers all season. "What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don't have that energy. We got to change things up a little bit defensively. We got to figure out what we want to do offensively, figure out what we want to do on nights when we don't have those legs or have that energy."
"You just saw an old damn team," Bryant continued. "I don't know how else to put it to you. We're just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high level of energy. That's all that is."
In a time when nearly every athlete defers on the tough questions (you know what 99% of athletes would have said there: "Well, we're just not giving it the effort that we need to give!"), it's refreshing to see Kobe answer the Lakers' problems straight-up. Too bad that it took him 15 or so years in the league to get to this point.