Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Current Core Group Can Win Championship

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While most Lakers fans walk around screaming for Phil Jackson, star guard Kobe Bryant is screaming at Lakers brass to give this core group one more year together.

Bryant truly feels in his heart that this teams core group can win a NBA Championship together according to ESPN L.A. 

“There’s a lot on the table for them, with these new penalties and so forth,” Bryant said of the challenges facing Lakers ownership this offseason as the new, more punitive penalties in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement kick in.

It’s a tough call to make. But then again, it is one more year. One more year. That’s how I look at it. One more year of this thing.

“Our contracts are ending. … Pau [Gasol] is up after next year. Hopefully, we get Dwight [Howard] locked up so he’s here for a while and the future is kind of set already. So let’s take a crack at this thing.”

Bryant’s example for this core group seems to be the Miami Heat team of 2010 that went through ups and plenty downs their first season together.

That team was able to get it together and the rest is history for the Heat who are on their way to defending an NBA title.

“We know what we need to do,” Bryant said. “We know what that rhythm feels like. To break that apart and now have to start fresh wouldn’t make sense.

“There’s no more confusion about how I should play with Dwight or how Dwight should play with Pau. So to allow that to dissipate and have to do that again with another group, it’s a headache.”

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