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Lakers' Kobe Bryant has picked up his play recently

Lakers' Kobe Bryant has picked up his play recently

Perhaps the demise of Kobe Bryant as a productive NBA player has been overstated.

Over the last five games the 37-year-old Bryant has averaged 18.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists, while shooting a respectable 46.6% from the field.

That's quite a leap in efficiency when compared with his first 17 games this season, in which Bryant seemed to hoist up airballs on a nightly basis, while shooting a woeful 29.7%.

"I'm consistently feeling good now," Bryant said Wednesday, after sitting out the Lakers' short practice. "I feel like I have my legs underneath me. I feel strong. I feel like my timing is good."

The Lakers' longtime...

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