Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Challenges To Overcome At Small Forward For Kobe Bryant

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Jan 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant is a man of many things on the basketball court. Bryant has made a career of carving up defenses with a penchant for tough jumpers and acrobatic finishes. When the Mamba isn’t pouring in points at a silly rate, he’s showing that he’s fully capable of dropping impressive assists like a point guard.

Five championships is more than enough evidence to indicate how Bryant has elevated himself into legendary status. Like all great things though, there must come an end.

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This season, the Lakers are filled with young guns that will call for Bryant to become a mentor and provide his maximum abilities yet again. Both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson are poised to be the starting backcourt for the Lakers, which leave Bryant at the small forward position. Head coach Byron Scott has already shared plans for Bryant to spend the year as the team’s 3.

Fox Sports reported from NBA.com’s David Aldridge on Scott’s gameplan:

“If we don’t get another guard, then Kobe’s in that mix [of the guard rotation],” Scott said. “I’m kind of going through those scenarios. But not necessarily as far as who’s starting and who doesn’t … I think (Bryant) will play more 3 than 2. If we can get him at the elbows and at the mid-post, the more effective he’ll be.”

All basketball fans know that Kobe Bryant loves a good challenge. The Lakers are currently putting him in a position to adjust to playing in the team’s frontcourt.  With a summer ahead to prepare, it will be an interesting transition to undergo. Some of the challenges that lie ahead will be both difficult and entertaining as the chapter closes on Bryant’s career.

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