"When you get to a stretch where you kind of have that cloud hanging over your head, you really have to become more and more determined to turn the tide," Bryant said. "Your normal determination that you play with isn't going to work."
Bryant couldn't say his teammates are able to match his own intensity in trying to get the Lakers on the right path.
"I'm a bit of a psychopath when it comes to that," Bryant said. "I don't expect my teammates to have that level of concern. But I hope that they're feeling determined and not discouraged, and that's something we'll talk about."
When asked by Smith if he's satisfied with the team's roster, Bryant answered positively.
"I am. I think the roster's fine," he said. "I think the roster itself has a lot of versatility to it. If you take the first unit, we obviously have a great deal of size."
"We'll utilize that, once we get everybody back," Bryant continued. "I feel like our bench coming in our game can give us a good punch. I think Jodie Meeks has been playing outstanding this year. Jordan Hill, I love his contribution. I love his defensive effort. I love his offensive rebounding. [Chris] Duhon has really stepped into a role and has performed really, really well despite just kind of being thrown in there."
"I don't want to overreact to the record," Bryant said.
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