For all you writing off the Lakers as a Championship contender in the future following yet another second-round playoff exit : Kobe Bryant says to do so at your own peril. The Lakers superstar guard vowed both he, and the franchise, “aren’t going anywhere.”
“It’s kind of unfamiliar territory,” Bryant said. “I’m really not used to it. It’s pretty odd for me. I’m not the most patient of people and the organization’s not extremely patient either. We want to win and win now. I’m sure we’ll figure it out. We always have and I’m sure we will again.”
“I’m not fading into the shadows, if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not going anywhere.”
“The entire team…” a reporter began the follow-up question.
“We’re not going anywhere,” Bryant interrupted. “It’s not one of those things where the Bulls beat the Pistons and the Pistons disappeared forever. I’m not going for that (stuff).”