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Kobe Bryant dishes out high praise on Lakers’ youth

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The Los Angeles Lakers have now officially entered the post-Kobe Bryant era for the first time in 20 years. 

However, Bryant has kept a close eye on everything from afar in regards to how things are shaping up in terms of the roster. In a recent interview with Time Warner Sportsnet, the 18-time All-Star had nothing but had praise for their young core group of players. 

“They have a really young core and a really good core. Now it’s just a matter of them growing together and having those pieces mesh. I think it’s a great opportunity. Now at this age where their games are still developing, they can develop their games and their strengths around each other. They have a lot of potential. Hopefully they can put it together sooner rather than later.”

The Lakers’ youth movement will now have to take center stage with Bryant out of the picture. This will mean that D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Ingram will all have to lead the way for the franchise. 

They have a young head coach in Luke Walton in place along with a couple of new veteran faces on the roster in Luol Deng, Jose Calderon, and Timofey Mozgov. That said, it will be on their younger players shoulders to steer the ship in the right direction. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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