Wednesday could have been played out like a season of 24. The day started off like any other. Here I was, studying for finals… not knowing that Kobe Bryant was on ESPN radio with Stephen A. Smith. Then… at 9:48am PST I got the call, it was LD2k. “Are you listening?” he asked, “No, I’m studying for my finals…” I replied. Then it came….
“Kobe just asked to be traded!”
Before it can even sink in, I got another call waiting. I was Shane Bien. Right then and I knew why he was calling. I quickly turned it to ESPN Radio to check for myself. It was true. The rest of the day would be like hell. I had one final coming in 2 hours, I had to study. But how? My world was crumbing. But I am a man of priorities. So right then I decided the right thing to do was go online and see what other Laker fans thought of all this. Just my luck, Lakers sites are down! This is madness! No, this is LAKERLAND.
I arrive in class, it was all I can think about. I looked so bad, so dead. I let a few of my fellow Laker fans know what was going on. They were also unaware. “YOU LIE!” they said, “Kobe was on the radio yesterday and… and… and… said he wants to stay with the Lakers!” So I pulled out my Blackberry, went on ESPN.com, and had them see for themselves. I can see their hearts drop. It was torture for me as a fan, but better they find out now. *4 way split screen comes up*
The rest of the afternoon I felt like Chloe during a CTU operation *dropped another 24 comparison*. On my computer looking for the latest news, looking at the TV which was on ESPN the whole day, and listening to the radio tuned to AM570. Getting calls left and right, trying to fill everyone on the latest while still keeping up with whats going on. He’s leaving! No he’s staying, YES!!! Damnit, he might not stay!!! What is going on?!?! Not even Jack Bauer can fix this!
I don’t know how this will turn out. I do feel much change needs to be made in order to keep Kobe. Like Stephen A. Smith said, get rid of anyone that is holding Kobe Bryant from staying. I do feel that Jim Buss is the “Insider” who triggered most of this. I feel he wants Kobe out. Jim Buss wants to build this team around Andrew Bynum, he’s taking a gamble that can completely cripple this franchise for years to come. I feel Jim Buss would trade Kobe Bryant for any piece to build around Andrew, he wouldn’t hesitate. Luckily, it seems that Daddy dearest knows whats right. But actions speak louder then words Dr. Buss. You keep Kobe Bryant by any means necessary. This is my request as a fan and I know many others feel the same. People in the front office can be replaced, Kobe Bryant cannot. I cringe whenever I think of the future of this team 5-6 years from now. I wonder how the Jim Buss empire will be like. I can only hope that Jeanie some how takes over. At the end of the day, this is all some Kobe Mamba Drama and LA loves it. Thats my take, I’m out.