Los Angeles Lakers normal supervisor Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent earlier than he took over the Lakers’ entrance workplace this season. The chief has been pondering of Bryant always for the reason that former NBA star was killed in a January helicopter crash together with eight others together with his daughter, Gianna, who was Pelinka’s goddaughter.
With an unsure future forward for the Lakers and the NBA, Pelinka has been imagining what Bryant would say.
“For those who had been on a knight’s journey with him and an enormous fire-breathing dragon ended up within the pathway forward, he may say, ‘OK, you realize, that is why that is good proper now,’” Pelinka mentioned on a convention name with reporters final week.
“’We’re going to fulfill this problem. Right here’s how we’re going to get round it, and right here’s how we’re going to defeat it.’ That was simply his nature, that obstacles or arduous instances would lead someway to development. And I feel that that’s the way in which I’m going to have a look at 2020, not simply by way of the lack of Kobe, however simply typically.”
Pelinka additionally spoke concerning the beforehand reported resolution of a number of high Lakers executives to take a voluntary pay deferral in the course of the well being disaster.
“I’d be in assist of something that permits folks to maintain their jobs in actually arduous instances,” he mentioned.