The Los Angeles Lakers can't turn on their laptops or open up a newspaper without seeing the team in the news. Trade rumors, tough losses to top teams, critics -- from near and far -- saying they're too old.
But it's clear how Kobe Bryant feels about the season and the current makeup of the team.
"Come on now, you know me. We'll be ready," Bryant said on 710 ESPN Wednesday afternoon. "Trust me. What we're going through right now, it will make it that much sweeter."