Kobe Bryant: Lakers Planning ‘Greatest Comeback That the League Has Ever Seen’

Facing the possibility of being a part of the worst Los Angeles Lakers team of all time, Kobe Bryant sat down with ESPN's Darren Rovell for the network's Sunday Conversation and said he wants his team to have "the greatest comeback that the league has ever seen."

Further discussing the nightmarish season the Lakers have had, Kobe said:

If you're gonna fail, I guess fail, and be the best at it. You gotta have a sense of humor in very dark moments. The reality is, it's been a brutal year, but there's nothing we can do about it right now. It's important to try not to beat ourselves up too much about it. It is what it is.

What it is right now is a 23-46 record and a position near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. That's certainly not something Bryant is used to, and he doesn't want to make a habit of losing.

He told Rovell he wants this rebuilding to be a swift one:

We've been decimated with injuries, but now it's time to regroup and look ahead. And start strategizing as an organization. Alright, how are we going to turn this thing around? We might have had the worst season ever, or could have the worst season ever for a Lakers team. But now let's have the greatest comeback that the league has ever seen.

Such a comeback will be largely dependent on two things: Kobe's health and the decisions the front office makes this summer.

Bryant will turn 36 before the 2014-15 season kicks off, and he's coming off of a torn Achilles and broken knee. The mileage alone would be enough to cause worry. Adding major injuries compounds the concern.

In spite of his age and injury woes, the Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension earlier this season. A few months later, the superstar guard criticized the decisions of the front office. You can only assume he wasn't talking about his own contract.

The remarks raised some eyebrows, but it appears th...

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