Lakers suffering a dire season this year with injuries leaving them bottom of the pile.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has delivered a warning to critics, and insisted that revenge is “sweet and it’s quick” as he eyes future success.
The 35-year-old was speaking during a promotional event at the weekend, and he revealed that he is going to use the disappointment of this campaign as motivation moving forward.
“This year, we all know it’s been a real tough year for us, right?” Bryant told Power 106, according to Lakersnation.com.
“So what I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down, because next year it ain’t gonna be this way.
“Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick.”
The Lakers are bottom of the Western Conference this season with a 21-40 record, but they have been ravaged by injuries throughout which has left them without Bryant and Steve Nash for the majority of the year.
Bryant missed the first 19 games as he continued to recover from a torn Achilles he suffered last season, and after returning for just six games, he was then sidelined with a fractured knee.
While he is set to be re-evaluated in two weeks, it is to make little difference for the Lakers this season but he acknowledges that the challenge of turning things around next season is what is now driving him.
It is unclear what the organisation will do in free agency this summer, as it has been suggested that they will wait until the 2015 market where a number of high-profile targets could become available.
Nevertheless, with Bryant seemingly in fighting mood, they will hope to improve drastically on their showing this season at the very least and they could be aided by a strong pick in the Draft.