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LA Lakers rumors: Kobe Bryant admits Lakers are tanking for 2014 NBA Draft?

LA Lakers rumors seem to indicate Kobe Bryant is healthy enough to play. These LA Lakers rumors were exacerbated when Bryant stated recently that he could play if the team was contending this season. According to a report from late Wednesday (March 19), the All-Star shooting guard made several interesting comments in that vein on Dan Patrick's radio show. It's not exactly something that fans of the team want to hear as they struggle on a nightly basis just to stay competitive.

Kobe Bryant has stated that he would be playing if the Lakers were in contention this season.
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The report actually stated that Bryant used the word "would" when he stated that he would be playing if the team were in a better position. The reality is that they are battling for the worst record in the Western Conference and might have a good shot at winning the lottery and taking on the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. If he doesn't play in another game this season, he will finish with just six games played due to his early season recovery time and then the fractured knee that he suffered once he got back on the court.

These latest LA Lakers rumors are just the latest when it comes to Kobe Bryant speaking to the press when the front office would rather he stay silent. Recently he also stated that he wouldn't have the patience to endure another losing season and that management needed to work at getting a competitive product on the court. This was after he signed a huge two-year, $48.5 million contract that will soak up a lot of the cap space the team would have to sign other free agents.

Entering play on Friday (March 21), Los Angeles has a 22-45 record and is just barely ahead of the 22-47 Utah Jazz in the battle for the worst record in the conference. That record and the failure to put a competitive group of players on the floor every night has led to may analysts suggesting that the team is tanking for a better draft pick this offseason.

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