A Flight for the Ages

Special thanks to John ‘Fatty’ Fatland for writing this take and giving us the privilege to add it to TheLakersNation.com. Again, if you guys see anything Lakers related that you think deserves to be put up, just e-mail us at articles@TheLakersNation.com.

Monday the Lakers are gathering for a meeting with the media at the Lakers El Segundo Training Facility. And guess who is supposed to be there? Kobe himself is promising to grace the facility he supposedly would never practice in again. And get this, Kobe will actually slip on the Laker Jersey that ESPN’s Bucher said, Kobe would forever never wear. I know its hard to believe, Kobe showing, with all the writers insisting he would absolutely, positively, not, I repeat, NOT be there.

In fact, I never really believed that Kobe would sit, but with so many Pro-Basketball writers predicting the event, you had to wonder, would Kobe really sit in protest and miss the entire season? I mean, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, right? Personally, I won’t believe it(Kobe in camp), until I see Kobe wearing an Hawaiian shirt, sipping a Mai Tai, and doing Hula Dancing on the Warriors Heads on Oct 9th, at 7:00 PM on Kcal.

But, as you can see, the writers got it all wrong. The Big Event is not whether Kobe will sit, but whether Kobe will stand. What I mean, is on the momentous Laker team flight to Honolulu, will Kobe stand up and apologize to his teammates.

By the way, this could be the most important flight in the history of the Lakers organization. As far as most of us are concerned, more important than the Wright Bros glide in North Carolina, Lindbergh’s solo across the Atlantic, or even Man’s going to the Moon. (Yes we did go to the moon, that was not a Sci-Fi movie)

I guarantee this flight to Hawaii will be very interesting indeed.

Shortly after take off, Phil will stand up with the aid of his walker and say “Kobe has something he wants to say to you”

Kobe who has been hiding in the bathroom will sheepishly come out, conspicuously wearing his shades, (not wanting his teammates to see his red, tearing eyes). He will slowly walk to the front of the plane, turn, and then clear his throat. He will be addressing the Laker Team for the first time since he put them all on a roller coaster ride in May. All eyes firmly fixed on Kobe, Kobe will now speak.

What will the Mamba say? What do you think? I would give ANYTHING to be there. (I hope the pilot secretly tapes this and shares on Youtube)

Will Kobe humble himself, and apologize to his teammates? Will Kobe tell them he’s dropped his trade demands? Will Kobe then shout out, “working together we will win a title, Who’s with me?!” Or, will he say something like, “Ya know, after looking at all of you, I can see Jim Buss didn’t keep his promise. Same ol losers”

If he does the latter, the team will mutiny and throw Kobe off the plane somewhere between El Segundo and Waikiki? So I don’t think he will say that.

My take. Kobe says, “Whatz up dudes? Look under your seats. Mamba has thrown away that silly yellow life preserver that you will never use. And replaced it with my New Nike Shoe, soon to be released, Black Mamba 24 Road Warrior Excell-O-Leet Pro Edition, personally signed by me. The rookies will cheer, “Alright”. Last years players unimpressed, not reacting at all, will just be glaring at Kobe. Kobe is now smiling a grin from ear to ear, and confidently says “and, the all new, top secret, “Halo 3 – B Edition.” (Special Billionaires Edition)

Everyone now lets out a cheer. At that point all will be forgiven. High fives for Kobe all around. This plane is happy and singing Kobe’s praises.

Kobe has fixed everything. All is right in Lakerland. Kobe Bean Bryant is a genius.

Now, how much would you give to be on that flight?

Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
  • magicbalala245

    A flight for da ages no way fatty no disrespect to you but i don’t think nothing will happen the teams players will just look out for themself my
    favorite player is kobe bryant fatty but i think kobe damaged his relationship with da team as soon he said he wants better players around him

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  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    I got two good trades one is a 3-way and the other is a 2-way.

    First One:To get Ben Wallace

    Bulls:
    Bynum/Radmon/Cook/Brown/Farmer/Evans

    We get:
    Ben Wa/Hinrich/On Curry

    looks like this:
    Fisher
    Bryant
    Odom
    Wallace
    Mihm

    or,

    Second One:To get JO

    Jazz:
    Brown/Cook or Radman/cash/firstrounder

    Pacers:
    Bynum/Kirclenko(cause he seems like he wants to be traded)/Farmer(if we have to take it that far)

    Us:
    JO

    look like this:
    Fisher
    Bryant
    Odom
    JO
    Mihm

    If there is still time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PHANTOM

    Fred A, a 3 way is always better than a 2 way!!!

  • lonestar848

    The 3 way looks goood but I don’t know if the Jazz would take that…although if I were the Jazz I would. AK47 doesn’t want to play there anymore and they get cash and expiring contracts

  • fatty

    magicbala,

    No disrespect taken.

    PJ has said in the past the team flight was very important for building team unity. A chance for guys to air out stuff in a relaxed atmosphere.

    That’s why Jackson was so disapointed that Kobe missed the flight 4 years ago after Kobe was involved in the Colorado thing.(Kobe skipped the flight and joined his mates in Hawaii)

    PJ said last week that Kobe needs to start the healing process with his team. “He’s got some damage to repair”

    I was just trying to imagine what that might be like and have some fun with it. Having to face your guys for the first time, with no cameras or reporters around. How would Kobe handle it?

    And like I said, the real story was Kobe repairing damage with teammates, not Kobe showing or not? The flight is momentous for Laker Fans, because if Kobe says or does the wrong thing, we could have one awful season, leading to Kobe perhaps leaving the Lakers.

  • foxxy

    I THINK KB24 HAS ALREADY SPOKEN WITH HIS TEAM-MATES!!!!!THE MEDIA DOESNT KNOW EVERTHING….EVEN THOUGH THEY THINK THE’VE GOT THE UPS ON ALL…THEY WILL PUT A SPIN ON EVERYTHING!!!!! BIG UPS TO KOBE AND THE TEAM THIS YEAR!!!! I KNOW KB24 WILL DO RIGHT BY HIS TEAM MATES…BUT THE OTHER 14 HAVE TO PRODUCE TOO…BE THE PROFESSIONALS THAT THEY WERE HIRED TO BE….WINNERS!!! NOTHING LESS!!!!!…WE’RE NOT LETTING THEM OFF THE HOOK EITHER…COME WITH YOUR “A” GAME EACH AND EVERY NIGHT!!!!!!SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT!!!!

  • foxxy

    I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO READY FOR THIS SEASON TO GET GOING!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    Kobe only cares about 6 people on the Lakers; Himself, Fisher, Odom, Ronnie, and Phil. I think he could care less if no one else on that team likes him because I really think he doesn’t like them. So as long as those key people are happy with Kobe, the Lakers should have no problem and neither should Kobe, and for the rest of the team how hard can it be to forgive one of the best players to play the game?

  • MacBSlick

    Fatty didnt Kobes trade demand come off the heals of the L.A. Times article about how it was Kobes fault that Shaq was traded? Remember the unidentified source (Jim Buss) that claimed it was all Kobes fault which then set Kobe off on the now infamous Radio rampage? His trade demand wasnt about the Lakers not bringing in talent only as I recall. It was always a trust issue wasnt it? I dont think Kobe owes anybody an apology. The Fan video was what it was and he was right about Bynum and Kupchek. If Bynum didnt like it, so what, hes got the whole year to prove everybody wrong. And Kupcheks track record speaks for its self. The team as a whole better be ready to come to the table this season or its going to be a llloonnnggg year. Thats really all I have to say.

  • kyler_hay

    Kobe will give it his all he is a professional he don’t care about the money he cares about giving it his all and trying his damn best winning a championship to LA as a person and a basketball player he got to prove that he loves this game soo bad he will do anything to win his fourth ring

  • klao

    [quote comment="13886"]Kobe only cares about 6 people on the Lakers; Himself, Fisher, Odom, Ronnie, and Phil. I think he could care less if no one else on that team likes him because I really think he doesn’t like them. So as long as those key people are happy with Kobe, the Lakers should have no problem and neither should Kobe, and for the rest of the team how hard can it be to forgive one of the best players to play the game?[/quote]

    I agree about the person Kobe cares for, but I would add, Luke and Sasha(sentimental reason, like his brother) and maybe Chris

    and Luke and Chris have expressed that they support and understand Kobe.

  • kyler_hay

    [quote comment="13886"]Kobe only cares about 6 people on the Lakers; Himself, Fisher, Odom, Ronnie, and Phil. I think he could care less if no one else on that team likes him because I really think he doesn’t like them. So as long as those key people are happy with Kobe, the Lakers should have no problem and neither should Kobe, and for the rest of the team how hard can it be to forgive one of the best players to play the game?[/quote]
    ur a kobe fanatic huh? i think ur a bigger Kobe fan than me

  • fatty

    Hi macbslick,

    The apology is for not dissing his teammates, but for what he put them through. Sorry if I didn’t make it more clear in my piece.

    “He will be addressing the Laker Team for the first time since he put them all on a roller coaster ride in May.”

    I thought when he apologized to Mitch month’s ago it was pretty much cleared up. But PJ said last week Kobe had some healing to do with all his teammates, which made me think of this.

    Brittnay,

    I counted 5 not 6. But I see your point. PJ as coach is concerned about team chemistry and mentioned Kobe needs to do something to start the healing process. Even a punk like Smush caused disharmony on the team. Even a little thing like a broken toe can affect how we walk. PJ after last years problems is thinking we need harmony and peace. Its the Zen Masters way.

    Kobe also has to show to his teammates that he his committed to winning. Like Kyler said, he his a dedicated pro, but if he wants to be with another team, would it be possible his guys may read that as Kobe won’t give his full effort for them? Kobe needs to reassure them as well as us fans.

    Of course winning is probaly the surest way to help all of us.

  • Tim-4-Show

    Fatty, nice write up.

    I have to disagree about any apology needed by Kobe. I think Kobe ought to apologize just after the front office addresses the team and apologizes as well. After all, the front office was in the middle of vicious rumors involving the trading of Bynum and more recently Odom! How can these guys play at their peak wondering if the front office is looking to deal them mid-season??

    Get my point?

    This is a professional league. Trades and trade demands are part of the business side. Basketball is basketball. There should be NO apology from Kobe, other than the “ship his ass out” comment which would be something personal between Bynum and Kobe.

    However, I do bet my money that Kobe addresses the team. I say Kobe will acknowledge that him and management have had a rough time the past few months and he’ll say this is because he wants to win. Kobe will then say he’s on the plane, now, in order to win. His goal is to win this season and that’s that. He will tell them that by him showing up, it means you can expect Kobe to give 110% to winning it this season.

    I see Kobe apologizing only to a select few people (Mitch, Dr. Buss possibly, and Andrew) and that’s it.

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    GREAT TRADE Fred A.!

  • BEC

    Kobe doesnt need to apologize for anything, all he needs to do is clear the air, just let others know why he said those things and where he was coming from. Everyone just needs to man up and move on. Im glad Kobe said the things that he said, the possible ruins of team chemistry or trade leverage or whatever negative his words created, doesnt outweigh the fact that EVERYONE on this team is in the spotlight now because Kobe made it happen and in turn i think this will really up the game of everyone else. Will it create results that Kobe wanted? I dont think so, but we have to wait and see.

  • Billy Kupchak

    Kobe will be traded soon; guaranteed!

  • MacBSlick

    Hey Fatty

    I think if anyone should man up and apoligize its the Front Office. They kicked Kobe at the worst time coming off a playoff loss. They know how dedicated He is and how hard He works and yet still kicked him while he was down. That was really my point in the first place. NO ONE works harder than Kobe and I mean NO ONE. The man gives 110 percent every game he plays. Why take a shot at him while he was already highly emotional coming off that playoff loss to the Suns? What did they really expect he was going to do? He deserves more respect than that dont you think?

    And Billy Kupcrap, You and Your Brother are both idiots. Just go away!

  • lakerfan81

    All the Lakers need to do is just come up with a universal statement about what happened this summer that they use for any questions about it that way the media drops it won’t be a distraction this year.

  • J-Cool

    I Got To Agree Fatty Kobe Don’t Owe Anyone An Apology He Wanted A Contender And He Should Get A Contender Is That Too Much To Ask For? I Mean A Player Want Help And He Should Be Appeased I Think The FO Need To Apologize To Kobe For Pushing Him Off The Edge And For Not Making This Team A Contender.

  • lakers4life

    umm…ok the second part was pretty stupid…

  • PHANTOM

    how about something like this before monday.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=981~1998~1031~3002~617~2165~2167~510&teams=21~21~21~21~21~13~13~13&te=&cash=

    lakers get marion, borris diaw, marcus banks

    phoenix gets lamar,brown,farmar,evans,cook

    fish-banks
    kobe-chritton
    marion-walton
    borris-turiaff
    bynum-mimh

    nash-farmar
    bell-barbosa
    hill-evans
    lamar-cook
    amare-brown

    both of teams get better and these players fit the new system better also.

  • kb24 4life

    Maybe this can happen but with mitch i dont think so.. we need a solid center so…
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=981~3002~125&teams=7~7~13&te=&cash=

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    Wow! Shocking! (I’m saying that sarchastically!)

  • Shaq786

    odom, cook, and sasha…. for marion, m.banks, and DJ/TUCKER… get it done!!!

    we can tell marion to opt out, and we will give a new contract with an extension… and with his and kwame’s contracts off the books, we can sign baron davis, elton brand, jermaine (if he opts out), or even ron artest.

    get a line up of

    b.diddy/kobe/marion/webber/bynum

  • kingkb24

    these are the awards for next year

    Most Improve Player-Andrew Bynum
    Sixth Man-Kwame Brown
    Rookie of Year-Javaris
    Coach of Year-PHil
    MVP-Kobe

  • ab4sure

    The one person who knows Kobe and other lakers the best is Phil Jackson. He also knows what players need to have team chemistry and unity. Nine rings tells me that. If he says there needs to be a healing or mending on the team, there needs to be and he can’t do it all. When a teammate criticizes the talent on the team you can’t help but know there will be hard feelings there, regardless of whether it is true or not. I hope he is on the plane because it will be much harder later. So kobe, when you are on the plane, “Do it and Do it Now”.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    This is the last day that the Lakers can make a trade, and there are no trade talks involving the Lakers. This fucken organization is going down the tube and I’m not going to stand by and watch it. From this day on I am not a basketball fan. Fuck basketball. I will continue to watch the Lakers, but I will not cheer for them. I don’t cheer for liars. I will not cheer for the Lakers, but I will continue to cheer for Kobe. I support Kobe’s decision to leave the Lakers 100%. Fuck the Lakers organization!!!

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment="13912"]The one person who knows Kobe and other lakers the best is Phil Jackson. He also knows what players need to have team chemistry and unity. Nine rings tells me that. If he says there needs to be a healing or mending on the team, there needs to be and he can’t do it all. When a teammate criticizes the talent on the team you can’t help but know there will be hard feelings there, regardless of whether it is true or not. I hope he is on the plane because it will be much harder later. So kobe, when you are on the plane, “Do it and Do it Now”.[/quote]

    I think the laker organization needs to apologize first for the lying and the laker insider who came out who blamed the whole shaq thing on kobe. Even shaq now backs kobe and explains how bad the laker organization is!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/ykastro KINGKOBE24

    [quote comment="13884"]I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO READY FOR THIS SEASON TO GET GOING!!!![/quote] HELL YEA 4REAL..GO LAKERS1!

  • ab4sure

    [quote comment="13914"][quote comment="13912"]The one person who knows Kobe and other lakers the best is Phil Jackson. He also knows what players need to have team chemistry and unity. Nine rings tells me that. If he says there needs to be a healing or mending on the team, there needs to be and he can’t do it all. When a teammate criticizes the talent on the team you can’t help but know there will be hard feelings there, regardless of whether it is true or not. I hope he is on the plane because it will be much harder later. So kobe, when you are on the plane, “Do it and Do it Now”.[/quote]

    I think the laker organization needs to apologize first for the lying and the laker insider who came out who blamed the whole shaq thing on kobe. Even shaq now backs kobe and explains how bad the laker organization is!!![/quote]

    I agree with you the Shaq does not like the Laker FO just like kobe. Shaq also does not like Kobe.

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment="13916"][quote comment="13914"][quote comment="13912"]The one person who knows Kobe and other lakers the best is Phil Jackson. He also knows what players need to have team chemistry and unity. Nine rings tells me that. If he says there needs to be a healing or mending on the team, there needs to be and he can’t do it all. When a teammate criticizes the talent on the team you can’t help but know there will be hard feelings there, regardless of whether it is true or not. I hope he is on the plane because it will be much harder later. So kobe, when you are on the plane, “Do it and Do it Now”.[/quote]

    I think the laker organization needs to apologize first for the lying and the laker insider who came out who blamed the whole shaq thing on kobe. Even shaq now backs kobe and explains how bad the laker organization is!!![/quote]

    I agree with you the Shaq does not like the Laker FO just like kobe. Shaq also does not like Kobe.[/quote]

    you see shaq hugging kobe twice a year you dont see shaq hugging buss do you?

  • ab4sure

    We all know Shaq does not like Buss, We also know that Shaq does not like kobe, well at least most of us do. That hug was for show on MLK Day on the advice of Bill Russell. Basically Shaq is saying “your enemy is my enemy”. The NBA is a fraternity also and for the most part players stick together especially against Mgmt. Could Shaq and Kobe play together again? Those were yesterdays dreams.

  • PHANTOM

    We all know Shaq does not like Buss, We also know that Shaq does not like kobe, well at least most of us do. That hug was for show on MLK Day on the advice of Bill Russell.

    Assumptions is what got kobe mad at the FO. quit making them!!!

  • ab4sure

    What you call assumptions are well known facts.

  • PHANTOM

    exactly my point. shaq could have been well-hearted when he hugged kobe but you and all the jacka** sports writers say he didn’t mean it. get a life already your like a 12 year year old gossipy little girl!!!

  • ab4sure

    Are you throwing a tantrum???