With news that Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss is ill, Kobe Bryant said he and rest of the team are trying to "maintain a positive outlook."
Bryant had high praise for Buss.
"He's extremely, extremely intelligent and extremely patient," Bryant said. "He has his goals. He knows exactly what he wants to do and how he wants to construct the ball club."
The Lakers have gone to seven NBA Finals with Bryant, winning five titles. Bryant said he's felt Buss' influence for nearly his entire life.
"The brand of basketball that he brought here with Showtime and the impact that has had on the sport as a whole -- those vibrations were felt to a kid all the way in Italy at 6 years old before basketball was even global. His impact has been felt worldwide," he said.