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Quote of the Day: Kobe Bryant on smiling through the Lakers’ struggles

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he takes the court against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on December 22, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 111-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant has played better lately, but the Lakers are just 5-24 – the NBA’s worst record outside Philadelphia. They just lost by 35 to the Thunder, their third 20-point loss in the last three games.

How does Kobe keep smiling through this?

Kobe:

You have to be realistic about what we’re facing and where we are right as a team, as an organization.

You can train a cat all you want to bark. The damn cat’s not going to bark. There’s no sense in yelling at it.