” ‘Cause we’re old as [expletive],” Bryant said on ESPN’s “Colin Cowherd Show.” “What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don’t have that energy. We got to change things up a little bit defensively. We got to figure out what we want to do offensively, figure out what we want to do on nights when we don’t have those legs or have that energy.”
Bryant, in his 17th season at the age of 34, is leading the NBA in scoring, but the Lakers fell to 15-16 with a 103-99 loss Tuesday night to the Philadelphia 76ers.
“You just saw an old damn team,” Bryant said. “I don’t know how else to put it to you. We’re just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high level of energy. That’s all that is.”
Whether Bryant was a little despondent or just being truthful, he isn’t writing off the Lakers. He still thinks they can make a run deep into the playoffs although the Lakers trail Portland by 1 1/2 games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
“I don’t think there’s a doubt about that,” he said when Cowherd asked if the Lakers were built for postseason. “The problem is we’ve dug ourselves such a deep hole we got to do a lot of fighting just to catch up and get in that conversation. We firmly believe it’s going to happen, but we have to do a lot of fighting just to get there.”