As preseason nears, Kobe’s intentions up in the air

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Sports Illustrated: NBA training camps open in less than a month, but there is still one burning question left in this offseason: What will Kobe do?Bryant still has not yet backed off his trade demand from the Lakers. During the recent FIBA Americas tournament (in which the 29-year-old star looked as lean and mean as ever, by the way), he artfully dodged all queries on the subject. While most assume he will show up in Hawaii with his L.A. teammates next month, nobody seems to know for certain.

It’s safe to say the Lakers’ big offseason moves (signing Derek Fisher and bringing back Luke Walton and Chris Mihm) haven’t radically altered Bryant’s opinion on the state of the roster. Meanwhile, the Kevin Garnett deal probably only made him feel more frustrated.

There is still a chance general manager Mitch Kupchak could pull off a trade that satisfies Bryant. Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal, the player most often mentioned as a possible Lakers target, remains available. Could a deal for O’Neal, involving Lamar Odom and/or 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, still happen? Don’t rule it out. As much as the Lakers might want to keep Bynum, he’s far from a sure thing. Kupchak has to do something to win now or he faces the prospect of a very disgruntled Bryant showing up at camp.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    I kno Kobe frustrated. But da front office need 2 do sumthin!!!!!

  • PHANTOM

    lets just trade him and be done with it before we cant trade him

    lakers get
    amare
    barbosa
    diaw
    banks

    phoenix gets
    kobe
    brown
    evans
    farmar

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=981~110~1031~3002~2165~2166~2167~1727&teams=21~21~21~21~13~13~13~13&te=&cash=

    lakers lineup
    fish-banks
    barbosa-java
    lamar-walton
    amare-diaw
    bynum-mimh

    phoenix lineup
    nash-farmar
    kobe-bell
    hill-evans
    marion-tucker
    brown-fa

    both teams get better

  • Faith

    What’s there to be up in the air about? The man has said what he needed to say…he’s showing up for training camp, and NO he’s not happy with the FO and continues to be unhappy with them.

    Neither are the fans.

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    do somethin FO?!!!!!!

  • JordanT

    If they gave Kobe to Phoenix I would disown the Lakers. Thats as bad as giving him to Boston.

  • foxxy

    KOBE DOESNT HAVE TO ANNOUNCE ANYTHING TO THE MEDIA!!!!HE WILL BE IN HAWAII FOR TRAINING CAMP…KOBE WILL ALWAYS BE A PROFESSIONAL…NO DOUBT!!!! LAKER 4 LIFE!!!!