Golden State coach Don Nelson admires Kobe Bryant’s leadership and hinted that he sees the Lakers winning it all this season.
Consider these strong postgame quotes from Nellie, who had just beaten Boston in his previous game:
- “The other team that I saw that was really good was Orlando. I know what Boston is doing and what they did, but they still have two players missing from their last team that are really important to them. They either have to get those guys back or replace them with someone, because I just think that the Lakers, after a year of going to the (NBA) Finals, are just ready. They know what it takes, and they are so well-coached and disciplined.”
- “Kobe now as a grasp on the game like no other player, and he controls it when he wants to. He makes his players alongside of him succeed, and he is a real leader out there. I mean, he has the whole package going for him. He is not just the best player in the league but probably the best leader the way that he leads these guys and directs them and lets them succeed. He could get 50 anytime he wanted, I am sure.”