Kobe Bryant ‘wants to be involved’ with Lakers?

kobe-bryantLos Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson has reached out to former Laker Kobe Bryant for advice since stepping into his new role, NBC Sports Daily reported.

Bryant, who retired at the end of last season, had previously said he’s one call away, but didn’t want to have an official role with the organization.

Johnson had more of an optimistic edge about Bryant’s involvement with the Lakers’ future in a recent interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, saying he will turn to the five-time champion to point out any blind spots and that there’s a plan in the works to incorporate Bryant more fluidly.

“Kobe wants to be a part of it,” Johnson said. “He wants to be involved, and I told him any kind of way he wants to be involved. We don’t want him to come into work every day, no. We just want his expertise and to pick his brain. And also, to show me or tell me what’s missing. So then I can say, ‘OK, hey, maybe I missed that. I’m going to jump on that.’ He’s got great ideas, so we’re going to implement a plan where we can have him involved.”

Lakers’ brass also intends to turn to Bryant for assistance in developing young players Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell.

Arguably one of the best shooting guards in the history of the NBA, Kobe Bryant holds career averages of 25 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 36.1 mpg.

Bryant was a 18-time All-star and won the NBA title 5 times with the LA Lakers, where he played his entire 20-season career.


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