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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: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:37 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

So the rumors of Bryant taking his talents to South Beach to team up with Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are not true?  I thought Kobe would do this to win championships to surpass Michael Jordan.  It would also give the Mamba a chance to take a shot at Laker management for the way they disrespected him in the past.

On another note, this is what one slight punctuation change will do.  Remove the curve off the question mark.  Witness Kobe:  "I’ve been here for 16 years. I’m going to up and leave now.” 

As for sentimentality, the Lakers are a business.  Ever since Dr G. H. Buss bought the team in 1979, the Lakers have won 10 championships and have appeared in an additional six NBA Finals.  The organization must be doing something right.  If you want sentimentality, go watch "Terms of Endearment" or "Miracle on 34th Street".

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:06 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Yes, he's old but give him a break because anytime someone is tossing out the old "they play a game for a living" trash, you know they are out of touch. This stuff ceased to be a game around 1975 when the Steelers/Packers/Vikings began to market themselves. It has been a business ever since. If Redwings69 dude sitting home with his bad back hasn't figured that out then us ripping on him isn't going to change it. What's funny is the "who do these guys think they are questioning what management does" comment because these are the guys that PLAY!! It is foolish for management NOT to hear what they have to say. The young Buss dude is a meth addict like most of the wealthy who travel all over the world and will surely destroy that team soon. Read Agassi's book and tell me these guys aren't doing a bit of amphetamine. Jimmy Buss was born on third base and acts like he hit a triple. Regardless, the Lakers and Celtics are both old and done. As long as it's not those HOM.OS in Miami I'm cool. Plus, Russell, Bird, Jordan or Magic never won a ring in 66 games so tell me why I care about this season and it's fucke.d up schedule again? Truth is I don't because there will, or should be, an * next to any games played this season.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:49 pm
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:34 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Hey Redwings,

How does having a degree have anything to do with bball ie hiring a coach. Never heard of a bball GM having a doctorate.


Funny rational you have!

You don't have to have education to hire a coach, you have to know the game and I'm sure he know the game really well. Problem with half you people who post is that you guys are just workers with no ambition. So you can only speak what you are capable of

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:28 pm

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Lakers best days are behind them

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:57 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:42 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

My favourite part of this story was when the author said Kobe and others in LA complain that management doesn't consult with them about who they're going to hire as a coach or when they want to move another player.   This is one of the reasons the NBA is getting tough to watch.  Who are these idiots to think they have a say in what management does?  It's that feeling of entitlement that drives me crazy about these guys.  They want GM's to put their fate in Kobe's hands or another player's hands?  If a GM is going to fail and pay the ultimate price in the long run by losing his job, then he's gotta do it on his own terms and not Kobe's terms.  It would suck for a GM to lose his job for failing at it because he went with a player's advice or instructions.  Kobe and the other idiots need to remember they are the only ones with massive 100 percent guaranteed deals, GM's don't have the luxury to suck and be paid 25 million per season.  And if a GM loses his job it's a lot tougher to find another one, not almost autmatic as it is for an NFL "superstar".

I say shut up and do what you're paid to do... and that's play basketball... play a game.  Leave the management to the people with masters degrees and sometimes doctorates.  People with management and business experience and people with brains.  Something very few NBA players can even dream of having.  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:01 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

This story sounds like total speculation. There is no evidence that Kobe is even thinking of leaving. If he is thinking of leaving, the story does not explain.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:45 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

Still hopeful they can trade Bynum and a bucket of picks for Howard and come out ahead here.  Gasol, Howard, Kobe and 2 folks from the 3rd row could win half the Lakers games, so if Barnes plays even moderately well and Fisher can keep those old feet moving they would be in good shape.  Artest (I REFUSE to call him whatever that stupid OchoCinco copycat BS name thing he is trying to trot around) is old and out of shape, and it was obvious to all from his play last year that he is done.  So no help there.  I'm not upset to see erratic Odom shipped off, as long as they can get Howard.  Without Howard they are a very old team and their only real physical player is made of ceramic.  Whoever needs to make it happen in LA, please get this Howard deal closed so we can move on.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:37 am

Kobe Bryant denies interest in trade

If David Stern had blocked a lakers-hornets trade 17 years agoinstead of last month, kobe would be on Charlotte who would still have its original francise and kobe would be just as big of a winner and star as he is now. the idea that he couldnt be a success somewhere besides LA even at this stage of his career is ridiculous. Bright lights follow winners, not big cities. i despise the lakers and don't even like kobe, but can admit to greatness when it is there.. he makes any team, even the worst team an instant contender if he everwent somewhere else, which will never happen anyway

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