On Andrew Bynum’s postgame comments about trust issues:
Bryant: I think the trust that he’s referring to is being able to help each other on the defensive end of the floor. You saw a lot of lay-ups. He gets frustrated when he supports a guard coming off the screen and roll and nobody supports him when a big’s rolling to the basket. It’s quite simple.
On if the Lakers are now desperate:
Bryant: Desperate is a strong word. I think, when you play desperate you don’t play your best basketball. What we need to do is relax, we need to focus on what we’re doing wrong, and the mistakes that we’re making, and we have plenty to review. [We need to] lock in on that and go into Game 3 and minimize those mistakes. You know, playing calm basketball but with a relentless energy. And I think if we do that we’ll be fine.
On if the team was playing tense or losing poise:
Bryant: I don’t think so. I think we were frustrated because defensively we weren’t very good at all. They got open look after open look.
On heading to Dallas down 2-0:
Bryant: To me it’s no different. We’re not very good at home the last two games so going to Dallas might do us some damn good.
On if the team is mentally tired:
Bryant: No, it’s hard but you couldn’t possibly expect this to be easy. If you want to make history you have to do historic things.
On what L.A. has to do to turn things around:
Bryant: We just gotta win one game. Everybody’s trippin’. Win one game, then you move on to the next one, it’s as simple as that.
On the team’s bench play:
Bryant: It’s important. It doesn’t hurt. We have bigger things to correct besides the play of our bench. We have to do a much better job of getting into a rhythm on the defensive end of the floor.”
On if the unfamiliarity of being down 2-0 could spark something positive:
Bryant: Sure … you know, I think there’s some truth to that. It has to spark some type of energy and motivation to come in and play, especially now that everybody’s, I’m sure, (betting) against us. If you can’t find motivation in that than you shouldn’t be playing.
On Pau Gasol:
Bryant: He’s fine. They’re not going to let him score easily. They’re going to double-team him … he’ll be fine, we’ll go to Dallas and get him some easy looks, some easy opportunities, free him up a little bit.