Kobe Bryant says Lakers can come back

Kobe Bryant met with reporters for the last time this season in a crowded, sweltering, uncomfortable room, which was entirely fitting. He called this season a "wasted year of my life," understandable because he wanted to catch Michael Jordan in the worst way but was still one championship shy. It kills him to no end. But neither Bryant nor General Manager Mitch Kupchak painted sketches of an imploding Lakers franchise, seemingly satisfied with the crux of a roster that fell well short of another championship parade. "In terms of this being the decline of the Lakers, this is nonsense," Bryant said Wednesday. "I remember they had a pretty good era in the '80s and they didn't win three in a row. They didn't break that team up. "Do I believe we can come back and win it again? I absolutely believe that. If this team came back as is, I believe we can win." The Lakers have plenty of time to analyze their roster, though they're too far over the salary cap to sign anything but a mid-level free agent. They have four second-round picks in next month's NBA draft, though none higher than No. 41 in what is only a so-so selection of players.

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