LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made it to .500 ball and superstar Kobe Bryant is taking the credit.
Kobe, who has just given himself the new nickname of Vino (Wine), recently spoke with Rufus Reno of Sports Balls Illustrated Daily at an IHIPHOP Soul Food Restaurant in Cucamonga.
He was asked by Reno what brought on the sudden winning surge by the Lakers.
He smiled as he took a bite out of his ham hock and peanut butter sandwich and replied that he just jumped all over the team.
Bryant said that he demanded that each player start playing like the old Los Angeles Lakers instead of like the present day Charlotte Bobcats who are 13-47.
Vino added that he also mentioned that if the team did not start winning that he was going to have the locker room custodian take away all of the bars of soap in the shower stalls.
He also said that if they continued losing and not giving it 100 percent that they were going to be charged for each bottle of Gatorade that they drank during the games and during practice.
But number 24 said that the thing that really lit a fire under the team's collective butts was when he told them that if they kept losing they were going to be forced to play while wearing shocking pink basketball shorts.
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