When you think about Kobe Bryant, you think of his athletic prowess, his incredible work ethic and his unselfishness.
But it’s also the team that brought him to the big stage in 2012.
The Lakers are known for their star power, but what’s most impressive is that they never really took a back seat to their rivals in the NBA.
With Kobe Bryant now in his prime, the Lakers have a unique opportunity to become the team to beat.
What can we take away from this season?
Kobe Bryant’s team has taken a huge step forward.
The season started with Kobe playing like he was playing in the middle of a championship run.
He scored a team-high 27.4 points per game on 55.9 percent shooting and led the Lakers to their third consecutive Western Conference title.
Kobe had another fantastic game in a win over the Clippers, which capped a dominating performance from the point guard.
Kobe was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field with six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
That’s an elite number for a point guard, and he’s only getting better.
The Kings and Lakers have an incredible history.
In fact, the two teams have played each other seven times since 1964.
The NBA has only seen two more times since 1967, when the Lakers won the Western Conference championship.
Kobe’s team had a better record than the Kings in 2012-13, but the Lakers were still ranked in the top five in the league, while the Kings finished in the bottom five.
The two teams will face off again on Thursday night in San Antonio, and if things go as expected, Kobe will have the chance to win his third NBA title with the Lakers.
The stakes are high, and it’s going to be a battle for every Lakers fan.
The Spurs are coming off a great regular season.
They lost only one game in December, beating the Utah Jazz in double overtime.
They have been playing very well this season, winning five of their last six games and finishing the regular season with a record of 15-4.
Spurs fans will be excited about their chances to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.
But even better, San Antonio has a chance to be the No. 1 seed in the Western conference and face off against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The game will be the first meeting between the two squads this season.
Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan are two of the best point guards in the game.
The Los Angeles Lakers have two of basketball’s most dangerous scorers in Leonard and Kobe Bryant.
The San Antonio Spurs will look to rebound from a disappointing performance last season and make their first postseason appearance since 2010.
The Warriors have a solid point guard in Stephen Curry and a solid rim protector in Klay Thompson.
Kawai Leonard is a force on both ends of the floor, and DeRoshan will have to be as well to keep San Antonio in the playoffs.
The Thunder have been able to use Kawhi and DeAndre Jordan as a duo.
Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka are the best wing tandem in the world, but their play together is so much more than that.
The duo is the most dangerous team in the West, averaging 28.8 points per 100 possessions and shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 38.4 from 3-point range.
They also rank third in offensive efficiency (90.8), fourth in defensive efficiency (104.9) and fifth in steals (2,847).
The Thunder will be desperate to bounce back from their first playoff loss of the season.
If this season is any indication, they will be ready for any team that comes knocking in the postseason.
What do you think?