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Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: December 19, 2011 9:59 am
By Matt Moore

Since the Lakers' season has started about as disastrously as you can without a major injury, there had started to be rumors. That's what happens with a high-profile team full of high-profile players in a dramatic environment. There were actually suggestions last week that Kobe Bryant could potentially pursue a trade with the lack of significant roster upgrades. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Bryant made quick work of that nonsense. 
Q: Do you see yourself retiring with the Lakers? There’s been speculation you might want a change.

Bryant: “I don’t know where that comes from. I don’t have any feeling about [leaving] whatsoever.”

Q: So you definitely want to stay a Laker?

Bryant: “Of course. No question. Why not? I’ve been here for 16 years. I’m going to up and leave now?”

Q: Do you want to be one of those rare stars that played in only one place during a long NBA career?

Bryant: “Oh yeah. That would be special. It’s rare to see that nowadays. It’s almost nearly impossible.”
via Kobe Bryant Q&A: Laker for life? - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Bryant won't be going anywhere anytime soon. He's not going to be the star he is anywhere else, and his legacy is best reflected by retiring a Laker. What is possible? The Lakers eventually moving or ditching him. 

Sounds insane, doesn't it? But the Lakers have never put sentimentality ahead of what's best for the team. Their relationship with former players is a minefield of tense situations. Jerry West has a troubled relationship with the organization, for crying out loud, and he's the NBA logo. Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  the list of players whose tenure has ended badly or gone on to sour is long and Lamar Odom recently joined the list. The franchise puts itself before the players, which has its advantages given some of the poor decisions made by franchises out of loyalty at times, but it also has impacts on things like legacy. 

The Lakers have already made it clear where Bryant stands in the organization. In the interview, Bryant mentions how the franchise simply doesn't consult with its players when making personnel decisions, be they hiring Mike Brown as head coach or trading Lamar Odom. Players play, coaches coach, management manages. But at least Lakers fans can rest assured that as long as Bryant is able to hit a jump shot, he'll have a home and isn't looking to upgrade any time soon.  

With Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, along with Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes, the Lakers are still a formidable team in the West. They failed to upgrade at point guard and lost their sixth man in Lamar Odom. But there's more than enough talent on this team to make a run at the title. And it's hard to believer Lakers management doesn't have one more trick stored in its bag to upgrade. The Lakers' run is far from over.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:32 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

You don't need a degree.  Kupchak does not sit there doing business calculus to decipher CBA numbers minutia.  He hires Econ and Math MBA's to do that.  It's really not that tough to figure out a good basketball team by talent.  Most fans who have no direct connection to the team can easily do that.

More than anything else, to be a successful GM in today's NBA, it has been shown requisite to have the ability of a sneaky conniver like Pat Riley.  Who was able to see idiot owners in Cleveland and Toronto fall for James' and Bosh's lies that they might re-sign w/ their teams.  Even though it was easy to see long before that James was going to Miami w/ his Olympics BFF Wade.  Riley threw 2 seasons and destroyed his roster in 2008 to make the cap room to steal those free agents in 2010 w/ no compensation to their previous teams.  I heard many fans state in '08 that the decision was already made to South Beach.

Examine Mark Cuban, and his manipulative talents to pressure NBA Commissioner David Stern to veto the Paul trade to the Lakers.  He lied when he stated publicly that the Lockout was about preventing big market cities like L.A. from stealing small market talent.  He has trashed his roster and will have the cap room to steal Howard and Deron Williams this summer in free agency. With no compensation to the small markets. 

These players will be multi millionaires no matter what.  And will gain far more money in endorsements if they win championships in big markets like LA, NY and Dallas.  Dallas considers itself such a big market city, they call their teams "America's Team".   Cuban knew he didn't have any players that anyone wants, and could not compete with the Lakers in trades.  Cuban knew that Howard would demand a trade to the Lakers if Paul and Kobe were there. 

Hence, he successfully pressured Stern to block the trade.  With help from idiot petty jealous small market owners like Gilbert and Jordan.  If you believe Stern when he said that he made that decision with no influence from the owners who actually own the Hornets; then I have some swampland in Florida I want to sell you.

Then to mock Kupchak, Cuban tricked him into taking a worthless trade exemption for Lamar Odom.  The Lakers did not save money with that one.  They could have done what Cuban will do the summer to make salary cap room.  Buy out Odom's last year on his contract for $2 million and remove it all from the cap.

Kupchak was too ignorant to have any clue what Cuban figured out and knew.  No way would Howard want to go to the Lakers after Stern would not allow the Paul trade to the Lakers.  Prediction...... Howard and Williams will be Dallas Mavericks this summer.  You will see it happen.

These morons are like benighted teabaggers.  Ignorantly demanding laws, rules and manipulative machinations that benefit the ultra rich.  Not realizing that they are lined up for contraction when these owners get tired of paying for their mismanaged money losing franchises with revenue sharing and elevated luxury taxes.

Kupchak and the nepotist child Jim Buss are no match for sneaky forked tongue conniving manipulators like Cuban, Riley and Stern.  None of whom have an MBA.  If their lips are moving, they are lying.  And they are way out of Kupchak and Buss's league.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:36 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Vanessas stuck around for 10 years to maximize her take.  Not surprising, many very intelligent men are taken to the cleaners by their divorce's who said they loved them.  But even with her gleening, Kobe is just fine financially.  So it's not about money.  Kobe wants to win. 

Stern proved that no big talent will be allowed to come to the Lakers.  The Lakers won't get Howard in trade w/o Paul on their team.  Dwight wants to win championships too.  He will go to Dallas this summer in free agency with Deron Williams.  That is why Mark Cuban pressured Stern to veto and disallow the Paul trade to the Lakers.  Cuban knew that Howard would have demanded a trade to the Lakers if Paul and Kobe were there.

If Kobe is smart, he should restructure his contract with a token extension and deferred money, then demand a trade to Dallas or the Clippers.  The only hopes to compete with Pat Riley's sneakily contrived team in Miami.  Jim Buss is an absolute idiot.  He shows no loyalty in his stupid decisions.  Such as shunning long time Laker Brian Shaw, who was a far better choice as head coach than Brown. 

Jim Buss dumped Lamar Odom hoping a trade exemption would get him Howard.  Cuban laughs at morons like Buss.  Cuban knew that Howard would not go to the Lakers after he got the Paul traded blocked.  Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak showed themselves just far too ignorant to even have the slightest clue concering what was actually going on.   No surprise there either.

Good bye Kobe, run like hell, I don't blame you.  It won't take lawyers and corporate capitalists like Stern and Cuban long to totally devour a nepotist feeble mind like Jim Buss.  And manipulate him to entirely destruct the team his Daddy handed him.  No sense in finishing your career like Michael Jordan.  An embarrassing scrub on a terrible team.

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:37 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

What has Kobe got left to prove? He's highly paid, a top-10 player in the world, and most importantly he attracts fans. If he leaves (doubtful), it will prove that he's either disgruntled or is serious about winning another title.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:03 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Given the fact that almost all athletes say the same thing and still leave, I wouldnt be surprised if this was just a cloud of smoke. He has a coach hes not crazy about, they just traded Odom for nothing, they havent done anything to improve their team, he's getting old and hes such a fierce competitor I wouldnt be shocked if he joined Lamar or even jumped to the Clippers. He could be the piece the Clip need to be taken seriously for a title, he wouldnt have to move, and the LA fans might even accept it since hes still in their city. Dont forget hes about to get a divorce and a change of scenery might just help him cope with it

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:16 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Why is this even a story?

It's a BROWN TOWN now.  Brown noses, that is.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:07 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Isn't that what Kobe said in English, next time read the article before posting a useless comment !!!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:40 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade


Lakers best days are behind them

The Lakers are able to compete with the team they currently have.

Are you dreaming or  hoping?

@The AntiCrust

I agree with you in that I prefer a healthy Bynum as oppose to obtaining Howard from the Magic. We would do Ok as I think Bynum might have better offensive skills as oppose to Howard. Howard might be a little ahead on the defensive end, but not that much where I would want to trade Bynum for Howard.

Kobe will retire a Laker. I am williing to bet that he might even follow in the foot steps of Magic and become a mnority owner of the Lakers, while building a financial empire based in the Los Angeles/Orange county area. The outline has been given to him on a silver platter, I don't think he would want to shoot himself in the foot by leaving Los Angeles for any reason.

He knows retiring as a Laker has it's advantages financially. 



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:42 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

I think that because it is going to be a short season, and whatever moves they make now will impact their roster and their chances of pursuing D12 in the future, I think it's best to sit tight. I think the Lakers are probably looking at the short season optimistically as it will be less games total, but with more back to backs (to backs)...they will have to go deeper into their bench to save their players for the real deal, the playoffs. Lakers do not usually do total rebuilds, they shoot for championships and the team evolves secondly. Personally I think the Pau dropoff during the last two playoff series was a fluke. I think Phil was starting to up the pressure on the team to score his fourth triple, and I think it was that pressure that got to Pau. Just my take on it. I'm glad the CP3 deal did not go thru. I understand the Odom deal will save the team alot of money, and that the trade exception they received has some value, which could go to score a Dwight deal. However, I prefer a healthy Bynum and Pau to a smiling "Superman".

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:25 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

....about having a degree to be a BBall GM, it's not required but it sure would help. Look at the complexitites of the negotiations during the lockout. The new CBA has to be deciphered and followed. Sure you can get lucky and make a trade using the basics...but to do the whole deal, see the whole picture, it takes some I.Q., and experience. I believe Mitch Kupchak got his MBA from UCLA after he retired, one of the most respected programs. It's a business for the GM. He answers to the owners, not to the fans. Yes you don't have to have a degree to hire a coach, but you have to be able to think about what kind of package you could put together to get THEE top coach, which what is expected for a team like the Lakers. Look, a two team trade can be pretty easy, a three team trade could be tougher, now try a four team trade that makes everyone happy. A GED won't cut it.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:02 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

LOL... yeah, Kobie should complain that the Laker management isn't surrounding him with the talent he deserves to win a title and demand a trade. Knicks? Heat? Mavs? Or how about the Clippers! Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Kobie? And with the multitude of Guards they would ahve at that point, they could trade to add to the other positions. Well, that is, if David Stern will allow that.

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