Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time which made it hard at times to watch his struggles this year but if the last few games are a sign, it is that Bryant is quickly turning his season around. The “Black Mamba” got off to a rough start in November as he averaged a mere 14 points on 29% shooting, 20% shooting from three to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 assist a game. And while it might have had to do more with just the play of Kobe, the Lakers got off to a horrific 2-15 start to the 2015-16 season. However, through December, Kobe has hit a small groove that has resulted in improved play for the rest of the team as well. Over the last five games, Kobe posted averages of 25 points on 50% shooting, 35% from three, with 5 rebounds and 5 assist. With the Los Angeles Lakers going 2-3 in that stretch of which one lose came with Kobe sitting out. After the game, when asked about his recent improved game, Kobe provided a great perspective on his early season struggles. “The hardest thing [was] to stay with it, seriously,” he told reporters. “There’s been games where I was just kind of like, ‘What the hell?’ But he remained consistent with his work ethic and incredible preparation and it seems like it is all starting to catch up. Hopefully for not only fans of Kobe but also fans of basketball in general, the “Mamba” can maintain this elevated level of play and go out right. Check out the full highlights from Kobe Bryant’s 31-point performance against the Denver Nuggets!
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