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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?