Yesterday, ESPN posted their 2013 Summer Forecast for the Western Conference, where they ranked the Lakers at #12.

Today, Kobe made it known that he noticed:

No one should be shocked at the Black Mamba taking exception of the lowered expectations for him and the Lakers.

This team will undoubtedly be an underdog for this upcoming season, but as we saw last year, success isn’t achieved by what’s published on the internet.   While fans may not like where ESPN ranked the team, it’s important to remember that rankings have zero impact on how this team will perform on the court.