2015 Lakers Media Day: Kobe Bryant talks about his expectations of the 2015-16 season

Kobe Bryant spoke in depth about his expectations of the upcoming season at media day, including his limitations and the young players on the team.

When asked about potential restrictions in what may prove to be his final season, Bryant maintained that he would be discussing that with Byron Scott. He did, however, hint at limiting his minutes in order to have a better season:

Last year, Bryant had his least efficient season of his career, proving that he could not shoulder the load placed on him by Scott and the rest of the team. In order to remain healthy for the majority of the season and to perform at a higher level, Kobe understands that he needs to be limited in some form or another. That could be a minutes restrictions (below last year’s ridiculous 34.5 per game), sitting out some games, or a combination of the two. With those limitations, Kobe has expectations of a better season for himself and the Lakers:

Beyond his own expectations, Kobe also spoke about the Lakers’ second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell. Bryant likened the point guard to himself and had some advice for the future face of the franchise (they’ll also have their lockers next to each other too):

Kobe is obviously well known for his own obsessive fine-tuning of skills. That determination and hard work has led to him becoming one of the greatest players in the history of the game. That Kobe had this advice for Russell shows his faith in the young player’s ability. Russell clearly has a great ability already, and if he is willing to put the extra work in, he could see himself in a similar pantheon of Laker greats.

For now, Lakers fans can be content to watch the development of Russell and hope for a healthy season from Bryant. And could this be his final season? He was expectedly non-committal about it.

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