Lakers star Kobe Bryant has faced enough criticism through his years that he’s used to it by now.
After a recent article in ESPN The Magazine said Bryant’s play over the last few years is a big factor in Los Angeles’ decline, the 19-year veteran just let it slide. Bryant said that so many different stories always come out that it’s impossible to dwell on just one.
“It’s not the first one and it won’t be the last one,” Bryant said Tuesday night after a preseason loss to the Suns. “One thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world and it seems like everybody’s taking shots at you. But time goes by and then you look back on it and it was just a Monday.”
A year after the team finished seventh in the Western Conference and barely clinched a playoff spot, the 2013-14 Lakers missed out on the postseason for the first time since 2005. Times have been difficult for Los Angeles in recent years, and the critics have been tougher on the team and Bryant in particular.
Bryant said he isn’t concerned with the magazine article, instead looking toward winning and getting back into form.
“Stay focused on the bigger picture and things are never as bleak as they seem at the time,” Bryant said. “I just kind of roll with it.”