Before training camp got underway for the Lakers, ESPN predicted that the Lakers would finish 12th in the Western Conference at season’s end.
With Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Metta World Peace leaving Los Angeles, the Lakers were forced to hit the free agent market for cheap options for fill the voids left by the high-priced talent headed elsewhere. Needless to say, the alternatives to these veterans haven't instilled any
Once Kobe heard about ESPN’s prediction, the five-time NBA champion already started using it as added motivation to return from the injury and prove all the doubters wrong.
Now that ESPN has 24 players ranked ahead of him in terms of being the NBA’s best, the superstar guard will use it as even more fuel to the fire in order to get back on the floor and rejuvenate this team surrounded by uncertainty. The four players ahead of Kobe on the ESPN's NBArank (21-25) are Chris Bosh (No. 24), Joakim Noah (No. 23), Roy Hibbert (No. 22) and John Wall (No. 21).
Although many believe the upcoming regular season may end in disaster for a second straight year, Kobe is determined to return and show everyone that he’s not giving up on his quest for a sixth championship ring with the Lakers.
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