KOBE Bryant might just find his way back to help turn things around for the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers president for basketball operations Magic Johnson bared in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), as reported by Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward, that Bryant has expressed his desire to play a role in bringing back the glory days of the storied franchise mired in four straight losing seasons.
“Kobe wants to be a part of it. He wants to be involved, and I told him any kind of way he wants to be involved,” said Johnson about Bryant, who retired from the NBA after playing his 20th season.
Bryant has turned his focus on growing his Kobe Inc. company after his retirement, but had already told Johnson he was a call away if the Lakers needed his help. Apparently, Johnson reached out for a possible consultant role, one that would not be too demanding on Bryant’s time as he builds up his own business.
“We don’t want him to come to work every day, no. We just want his expertise and pick his brain and also show me or tell me what’s missing. So then I can say, ‘Okay, hey, maybe I missed that. I’m going to jump on that,’” Johnson explained.
“He’s got great ideas, so we’re going to implement a plan where we can have him involved,” he added.
Johnson and Bryant were last seen together in the Los Angeles Sparks season opener in the WNBA
Johnson’s takeover as president of basketball operations for the Lakers was seen as a step forward in drawing back starpower to the storied but struggling NBA franchise.
The front office shakeup has been paying off. Aside from Bryant, another former Laker legend who expressed willingness to help out was Johnson’s teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.