Kobe Bryant sounded defiant after the Lakers’ 106-90 season-ending loss in Game 5 against Oklahoma City.
“We’re not going anywhere,” Bryant said. “It’s not one of those things where the Bulls beat the Pistons and the Pistons disappeared forever. I’m not going for that (stuff).”
The Lakers are well above the luxury tax threshold, which will limit their options in free agency.
“It’s tough to really process (so soon) exactly what we need with improvements and what area we need to improve on,” Bryant said. “But that’s something that we’ll definitely think through and we’ve really been great at as an organization. Mitch (Kupchak, the general manager) has really done a phenomenal job this past decade in building title teams pretty quickly. We just have to do it again.
“I’m not the most patient of people and the organization’s not extremely patient either. We want to win and win now. I’m sure we’ll figure it out. We always have and I’m sure we will again.”