Kobe Bryant: 5 Reasons Why Kobe Is Headed For Breakout Season

To say Kobe's headed for a great season is kind of a strange thing to say. On one hand, he's had so many great seasons that it makes you question my attentiveness, assuming he could have a relatively better one. And on the other, Kobe will be entering his 15th season, which is longer than the average career. Physical decline is expected.

But every year Kobe surprises me by sharpening another aspect of his game. Whether it's learning to trust his teammates more, polishing his post game or finding a way to nail seven game-winners in a season, Kobe is continually padding his resume and repertoire.

So I decided to come up with some reasons why Kobe will come out with a better version of himself this season. In no particular order:


1. Steve Blake

I know that adding another player isn't a reason why Kobe will improve, but Blake should be a great complement for him. He's faster than Derek Fisher, which allows him to maneuver through defenses better and run in the open court, creating more opportunities for Kobe to score.

Blake will spread defenses because of his long-range shooting prowess, which clears out more room for the Mamba and help get him more assists. Plus, he's a willing passer (unlike say, Shannon Brown or occasionally Fisher), which is something Kobe certainly isn't opposed to.  


2. Tough and Cautious

It's a slightly ironic combination, I'm aware, but Kobe has earned recognition for these particular traits in his last couple seasons. After taking a beating playing through so many injuries and still managing great success, Kobe has amassed a lot of confidence in his ability to prevail against adversity.

Kobe will also be more careful with his health because he knows he needs to be at full strength when facing a team like the Heat to give the Lakers a chance to win.


3. New Knee

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