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KOBE BRYANT LEAVING LOS ANGELES?

Posted by HG on May 13, 2007

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I was watching NBA Shootaround on Friday night while waiting for the Warriors/Jazz game to get started. Stephen A. Smith dropped some interesting information:

I’ve spoke to several people in the league, believe it or not Kobe does have an abundance of friends in this league contrary to popular belief and they all said to me, you know what, he is completely disgusted and you can’t even measure the level of hostility he’s feeling towards the Lakers organization right now.

Go on…..

Listen to this.. Kobe Bryant, ever since he resigned with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to everything that I’ve heard he wanted Baron Davis before he got traded to Golden State. They didn’t get him. He had an opportunity to, they didn’t get him. He wanted Carlos Boozer because Larry Miller, the owner of the Utah Jazz, was on the outs with Carlos Boozer, they wanted to move him, the Lakers didn’t get him. He wanted Ron Artest, they didn’t get him. And then even when Kwaaameee Broooown was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for his best friend on the team at the time, Caron Butler, he didn’t learn about it until after the trade was consumated. Having spoken to Mitch Kupchak, the general manager for the Los Angeles Lakers in fairness to him, couldn’t reach Kobe earlier in the day, but I’m telling you everything that I’ve been hearing, if you think for one second that he is in love with Los Angeles, he loves winning more than he loves Southern California. He almost went to Chicago in a sign and trade, tried to force a sign and trade before he signed. You understand? He has absolutely no problem leaving if the Los Angeles Lakers, specifically owner Jerry Buss doesn’t get his act together. Do not be surprised at all if this stuff continues if Kobe Bryant some time around next year is asking to be traded.

 Now let’s be real.. Kobe’s not leaving the Lakers. Mitch Kupchak won’t let that happen. Not that he couldn’t let it happen, he has turned the Lakers  from contenders to first round whipping boys of the West elite, but he’s not gonna let Kobe get away. This has all the makings of a well timed leak of information from the Kobe camp. Like Stephen A. said, Kobe did talk about going to Chicago, and there were also the Suns and Clippers rumors when Kobe was a free agent. He didn’t leave then and he’s not leaving now.

The heir apparent to the Laker ownership throne, Jim Buss (son of Jerry) was on AM570 in Los Angeles this week and said not so fast on the Kobe trade talk:

Bryant needs to be aware that any trade involving him would require the other team to surrender its best player. For example, trading Bryant to Cleveland would cost the Cavaliers LeBron James. Any trade would markedly weaken Bryant’s new team, giving him no greater guarantee of a championship than he has with the Lakers.

Well.. That seems to take a little steam out of the Kobe trade talks, but KB can opt out of his deal in two years. He was asked about that in this exit interview and had this to say:

I’ve been a Laker fan my whole life. I hate to even think about me going someplace else.”

Notice he didn’t say “I won’t go someplace else”, he said he would hate to think about it. If the Lakers front office sits on their hands this offseason, I’m sure Kobe won’t mind entertaining the idea of bouncing.

I would bet the house that L.A. is gonna go out this summer and make a huge deal. Jerry West is no longer with Memphis so maybe he can do some consulting.. Teach Mitch how to pull off some of those miracle deals. I don’t know if it’ll be K.G., Jermaine O’neal, Jason Kidd, or any other name we’ve heard over the past few years but something is gonna happen. I would try to hold on to Lamar and Luke Walton (free agent), but I would trade anybody, ANYBODY, anybody else on the roster to become an elite team. Yes even Andrew Bynum. The young fella has shown some flashes but by the time he’s fulfiling his potential (if ever) Kobe will have some serious miles on his body. Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers don’t have that kind of time.

**YBB Kobe Update 5-29-07**

Meet the new Buss. Courtesy of the LA Times

Report Card/Exit Interview: Kobe Bryant. Courtesy of the LA Times

Listen to Kobe’s Exit Interview here.

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14 Responses to “KOBE BRYANT LEAVING LOS ANGELES?”

  1. Trading for J-Kidd during last season wouldn’t have helped get the Lakers any further than they did this year — not because Kidd isn’t talented enough to advance the Lakers; I just think there would be an adjustment period for the team. Doing it in the off-season now, when you have time to gel in training camp — that might work.

    If you have to give up Lamar as part of a package for KG, I would pull the trigger on that.

  2. Ryan said

    Are you kidding me, Jason Kidd would improve any team, immediately! The man is the very definition of the point guard position, he could play on team full chumps and turn them into better players and a better team. Just look at what Steve Nash did to Phoenix, granted Kidd is no Nash, but Nash is in his prime and younger. Plus, Kidd is a triple threat, assists, rebounding, and scoring. The Lakers would still be in the playoffs if they pulled the trigger on that deal, guaranteed!

  3. Mark said

    J-Kidd is averaging a triple double these playoffs. Enough said.

  4. Bill said

    The guy who thinks trading for Kidd during the season wouldn’t have done anything doesn’t know basketball. Jason Kidd is the best point guard not named Steve Nash. He is also a very good defender. That would increase the overall team defense. Despite the strange love for Nash’s skills at the point and lack of love from Kidd, for when he was on top he is still a better defender and rebounds at a bettter clip then Kwame.

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  10. Get rid of the Cancer which is Kobe. He has only ruined the Lakers. Shaq left and picked up another championship. What has Kobe done but led the Lakers to ruins. Save the Lakers. Janikowski Kobe Bryant throught the uprights and out of the great city of Los Angeles.

  11. stephen said

    WHAT THE LAKERS NEED IS A PF/C THAT CAN GO AGAINST THE BIG MANS IN THE WEST.SOMEONE LIKE KG OR JERMAIN WOULD GIVE THEM CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENTION.AS FOR THE GUY WHO SAID KOBE SHOULD GO YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT.THE ONLY REASON SHAQ WINS A CHAMPIONSHIP IS CAUSE HE HAS ONE OF THE BEST GUARDS IN THE LEAGUE.HE NEEDS A GUARD THAT CAN GET TO THE BASKET AND SCORE WHEN EVER HE IS OUT ON THE BENCH 0R INJURED.

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  13. stephen said

    now there saying kobe said he didnt say anything.well i really hope he doesent go anywhere cuz thats jersey is gonna be really hard to find.

  14. Kobe ain’t leaving…

    the $88 million over 4 years contracts is tooooo tasty…

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