I would say the Lakers can win a few games here and there without Kobe, but not the post season.
Bleacher Report: The Los Angeles Lakers’ recent winning streak in the absence of Kobe Bryant says more about the overall talent of the team than their efficiency without their fallen star.
Any proof needed as to the value of Bryant can be gleaned from the Lakers’ defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics, where his defense and clutch shooting were sorely missed.
I would be willing to bet few true Laker fans are offering the team as improved without Bryant, because the people saying it have no respect for what he means to the team.
The ability of the Lakers to repeat is contingent solely on Kobe’s ability to return from injury and assume the superstar level of play to which he is accustomed.
It’s not an easy task by any means, but the road becomes impossible if the Lakers are faced with a postseason devoid of one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise.