Jerry West doubts Kobe Bryant will return to former level of play


Jerry West has been there since the start of Kobe Bryant’s career. That’s why people always listen up when he has something to say about the Black Mamba.

West was a guest on ESPN radio earlier this week. While on the air, he discussed a number of topics, including this year’s NBA Draft.

West also touched on the state of the Lakers and Kobe’s future.

While The Logo doesn’t anticipate Bryant being the same kind of player next year, he does count on the five-time NBA champion to be a difference maker.

“You never know what Kobe Bryant’s status is going to be next year,” West said. “What kind of player is he going to be? That would be my biggest question because they’ve banked that he’s gonna be the same kind of player. I don’t see that. I do see him being great. He’s so good individually and he’s so competitive that he’s always going to be effective.”

Bryant will be 36-years-old by the start of next season, so it’s not all that far-fetched to think that Kobe’s best days are behind him.

However, that doesn’t mean that the NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer still can’t be one of the best players in the league.

Kobe’s fundamentals and basketball smarts alone will enable him to be an effective player in the Association. Even if he loses a great deal of his athleticism, Bryant will still be a problem for the opposition on a nightly basis.

Written by Ross Pickering

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