The Lakers don’t need Kobe and now they have the guts to say so

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t need Kobe Bryant.

Most NBA teams could reach 9-19 without him.

With or without Bryant, most teams couldn’t beat the Golden State Warriors this year. But as Bryant took the day off, his Lakers teammates did just that.

Not only did the Lakers beat the Warriors, they dominated the Warriors.

“They kicked our ass,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Yes, yes they did.

The Kobe-less Lakers had a season-high 28 assists in a 115-105 victory. Yes, assists. At one point Los Angeles was up by 24-points, its largest lead this season. It was a team win and a team performance – specifically a team without Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers are better without 36-year-old averaging 22.4 shots per game. You can’t watch Tuesday’s game and take anything else away.  It’s certainly what the Lakers took away from the game.

“Some guys just played like Django Unchained –they were free tonight,” Nick Young said.

“We can hoop,” Wayne Ellington added. “We just showed that we can hoop. We’re a good team when we all come out together.”

And then Young dropped the hammer, via ESPN:

“Pretty much going to have to tell Kobe to pass me the ball, pass us the ball,” Young said. “Tell him to take the backseat for a little bit. He can be Driving Miss Daisy and I can be Miss Daisy and drive.”

Young clearly has never seen Driving Miss Daisy but his point remains. The Lakers aren’t a great NBA team, but the could be a good one if given the freedom.

Written by Nick Endress

Nick Endress

Nick the Quick Endress is an avid fan of basketball and hip hop, and a contributing writer with WJS since 2013. Nick has interviewed rappers, ballers, rapper ballers, and baller rappers on the site and continues to preach that the NBA should have a team in Europe. Maybe because Nick currently lives outside London where to them Football is actually played with your feet, can you believe this fatuousness?