Shooting guard Kobe Bryant could turn into power forward Kobe Bryant at times this season, according to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott.
The idea coincides with the evolution of small ball in the NBA, but this seems to be a stretch. For someone as old fashioned as Scott has been (like his refusal to buy into the three-point shot), it seems like an attempt to fit it.
On the surface, it sounds like a good idea to get all of your guards–and best players–on the floor as much as possible. The Lakers will have rookie D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, and Lou Williams joining Bryant in the backcourt. That’s a lot of bodies who want a lot of the ball. There’s only one to go around.
As far as big men go, the Lakers have Julius Randle, who we don’t know much about after he missed pretty much all of last season with a leg injury, Brandon Bass, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly as possible options at power forward. New big man Roy Hibbert will man the center position.
So will Bryant at power forward actually work? Scott thinks so.
“Kobe can play 1, 2 and 3,” Scott said to NBA.com. “There’s no doubt in my mind. And there’s some games, against some teams, where he’ll probably play 4. With his tenaciousness, the way he guards people and when his mind is set, if I say, ‘Kobe, you’ve got him,’ he takes that as a challenge. You know how he is. He’ll compete.”