Kobe Bryant on Lakers rebuild: ‘You don’t want to compromise the future of the franchise for one season’


Kobe Bryant has been sidelined for the third straight year with a season-ending injury, but in the midst of what may end up being a historically bad Lakers campaign, he’s not missing much.

Bryant anticipates being once again ready to go in time for the start of next season, which is the final one he’s under contract to play with the Lakers.

Despite wanting to get back to competing for championships, Bryant knows that the franchise can’t go all-in by making unwise personnel decisions that could cripple the team for seasons to come.

Mitch Kupchak has said that he won’t add veterans just because next year may be Bryant’s last, and Kobe seems to be in agreement with a longer-term plan that will set the Lakers up for a more sustained measure of success.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently…

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