Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kobe wants out of L.A.?????

Wow....will wonders never cease?

It's being reported that apparently Kobe Bryant is giving the Lakers an ultimatum.

Either bring back Jerry West as President of the Lakers....or trade him.


Hey, I'm all for bringing Jerry West back to the Lakers. I'm not exactly sure what went down in the first place to force him to retire, I remember hearing whispers that he felt the franchise was ungrateful for his services, or that he clashed with Phil Jackson. Silly stuff like that.

But I don't think this is the way to bring him back.

To me this whole scenario is just mind boggling.

What is Kobe thinking?

Did he seriously think that championships would just fall into his lap after they traded away Shaq? he that naive?

Franchises don't recover over-night after trading away one of the best players who ever played the game....for practically nothing.

See Boston Red Sox Kobe.

It takes decades.

I thought this is what he wanted?

I thought he wanted to be the man....and score 80 points a night.

Did he really...sincerely care about winning?

Players that care about winning don't force their team to trade away the most dominant interior presence to ever play the game.

But now it seems Kobe after a few seasons..... is feeling restless.

I just can't help but scratch my head in wonder.

I'm interested to see how so-called Lakers fans, (who are really just Kobe fans) will react to this.

To me no player is bigger than the franchise. I'm a Laker fan no matter who leads the team.

I was a fan when Magic and Kareem were playing, and I was a fan when Anthony Peeler and Cedric Ceballos were the leading scorers.

I follow whoever puts on the purple and gold.

If any other player made this demand they would be booed out of Los Angeles.

It's an honor to play for the Lakers....this is the city where Jack sits at courtside every night and where the Laker Girls and celebrities meet.

Lakers are treated like gods here.

I remember being in the Nike store when Devean George came in. One would've thought that Michael Jordan was in our midst. People surrounded him asking for autographs, giving him high fives, shaking his hand...taking pictures with him.

Seriously....Devean George....a bench player at the time.

This is the team with Nine Championships in Los Angeles...this isn't an expansion team that's looking to cut some cap space.

Who in the hell is Kobe to demand a trade from the Lakers???

The Lakers led him to three straight championships.

If Kobe seriously cared about winning he would've signed with the Clippers when he had the chance. As a basketball fan, I could have understood that decision.

The Lakers just traded away Shaq....they are left with mediocre talent.

The Clippers had Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, a nice young nucleus, they still play in the Staples center....he wouldn't have to move....the money was comparable.

It would've been the smart move.

But Kobe chose the Lakers....I assume so he could run things....and be the undisputed man.

I guess he doesn't enjoy running things with a .500 team.

But...isn't this what he wanted???

I thought he wanted to be the next Dominque Wilkins.

A human highlight, scoring machine....with no more championships.

I just don't get it.

Did it hurt him to see Shaq celebrate a championship without him....or maybe he finally realizes that his talent alone can't win championships.

Lots of things have to fall into place.

Truth is....even if Jerry West came back, that wouldn't ensure a Championship.

It takes a special kind of player to win with Kobe.....besides Shaq I don't think that player exists.

That's why free agents don't want to play here.

Like it or not I think Kobe is going to have to get used to being on a .500 team.

Whether it's with the Lakers or any other team.

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