If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Things have been anything but easy for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but these times of struggle are what makes the ultimate reward that much more satisfying.
"You just gotta keep pushing", Bryant said. The playoffs is never a promise. "You got to come out and do the work". The 6-foot-8 wing logged nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, along with three rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three turnovers in 33 minutes of action.
That person would end up being LeBron James, who announced he was signing with the franchise in July after losing the NBA Finals to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"LeBron's a really good player and why he couldn't do it, I'm very shocked on how it turned out", said World Peace who won the 2010 title with the Lakers.
In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Wade defended James' inability to make the playoffs in his first season with the Lakers.
A number of high profile starts have been linked with joining the Lakers.
James Harden scored 27 points in the first quarter and matched his career best of 61 as the Houston Rockets rallied late to beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-105. The Lakers need to project stability going into yet another critical offseason if they hope to attract a second superstar to pair with James. "As a kid that's what you dream about".
On an appearance on ESPN's "Get Up" with Mike Greenberg, Bryant offered his advice for James as he completes his 16th National Basketball Association season, which will conclude with him not playing in the postseason for the first time after 13 consecutive appearances.
Harden finished 9-13 from beyond the arc and shot 19-34 from the floor. Nonetheless, Lebron James took to social media assure them that the drought wouldn't last for long: "Believe me!"
"I am a hooper, I am hooper". "I know hooping isn't going to be here forever, so I love to get out there and compete".