Bill Simmons: Kobe OK’d Butler for Kwame?

What the… this can’t be true! Didn’t Kobe say he was shocked to find out that Caron was traded? Why would Kobe want to trade one of his close friends? Is Simmons pulling our tail? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!

SportsNation Bill Simmons: (1:12 PM ET ) I agree with Kobe in that the team is wasting his prime by pseudo-rebuilding with young players (Bynum, Farmar, Crittendon, Kwame, etc.), but at the same time, he wanted his own team and he never should have allowed them to give away Butler for Kwame, which was one of the five worst moves of this decade. From what I hear, Kobe has been allowed to okay EVERY major Laker move starting with the Shaq trade and they run everything by him. If he wanted to block Kwame-Butler, he could have. But he didn’t. So it’s his own fault.

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  • jack

    The trades mentioned above was a front office thing. Last I checked, Kobe is a player for this team, why is the blame coming on Kobe now? Kobe never allowed any of the trades to happen, it’s not in his hands. He never requested trades to happen. Just because Kobe didn’t oppose or protested to these trades doesn’t mean he allowed it.

    My only prayers right now is that Kobe Bryant not see or hear what Bill Simmons had to say.

    Also, note Simmons says “from what I hear,” where in the hell did he hear that???? I hope not in Arena’s blog. btw, check out Agent O’s latest blog…..he talks abt breaking up with his gf. it’s pretty cool.

    piss off simmons, por favor.

  • kobefan2408

    this is crap kobe did not aprove this trade and if he did just to one up kobe jerry buss would of said he did after he said he did not know anything about

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    What are Bill Simmons intials??? Oh yess B.S. Just like this article. Riight Kobes besst friend on the team, for a underacheiving big man in Washington….Sureeee!

  • alkebulanian

    CAN BSPN STOP MAKING UP STORIES SO THEY CAN MAKE MORE PROFIT. WHAT HAPPEND TO SPORTSNEWS? NOW ITS NOTHING BUT HOLLYWOOD NEWS WITH A SPORTS TWIST. THE FUNNIEST THING THEY KNOW KOBE IS CLOSE TO GETTING BACK TO THE PROMISE LAND THAT THEY TAINT HIS LEGACY MORE AND MORE BEFORE HE GETS BACK THERE. THATS WHAT HAPPEND WHEN A BLACK MAN MESSED WITH A WHITE GIRL, AND A BLACK MAN THAT DONT ACT COONISH LIKE LEBRON AND MICHAEL JORDAN. THIS IS WHAT HAPPEND WHEN A BLACK MAN ACTUALLY REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCES.HOWEVER, MICHAEL JORDAN AND LEBRON HAVENT DONE NOTHING FOR THE COMMUNITY ARE THE MOST CELEBRATED BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD.SO WE CAN PRAY, PLEAD AND EVEN PROTEST, BUT WE DONT OWN THE MEDIA SO THEY BASH AND BELITTLE REAL BALCK MEN LIKE KOBE, WHILE THEY WILL TELL US TO CELEBRATE BLACK MEN WHO HAS NO HEART AND SOUL.

  • steve

    I really hope this guy is not telling the truth……..Does anybody think thats why Chucky Atkins said what he did?……I hope not

  • steve

    I know ..Chucky made those statements before he got traded

  • carlo

    yeah this is BS

  • E-ROC

    Isn’t Kobe and Caron best friends? Why would he approve that trade? I know Kobe is smarter than that and he knows that Caron is better than Kwame. Wasn’t Kobe pissed off when Caron was traded? Bill Simmons is a known Kobe hater.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    Bullsh1t simmons is a douchebag, and everything that comes out of his mouth should definitely just go to wash dirty spots… why do you keep reading BBSPN? this is the most non-sense made up BS i heard lately about KOBE. 80% of the writers hate Kobe, so whatever he does is just twisted against him.
    Stop reading that Krap, and just hope that Buss instead of trading all star for duds like he did in the last 5 years (shaq – butler – etc) he starts doing the opposite and magically transform our losers in something other teams want in exchange of all star!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/priceless1 priceless1

    this was a waste of time to read… NO they dont ask for KOBE’s approval about trades

  • http://southernxposuremodels.com Ahmed

    Why just why are we talking about this. Kobe is not Jerry Buss or mutch Kupcake or anyone else in the front office. C’mon next thing you know it will be Kobe’s fault for the high gas prices and the war in Iraq … oh and damn it Kobe the housing market sucks its all your fault. I don’t know how but that doesn’t mean it isn’t your fault. The NBA and ESPN has turned into the Kobe National Basketball Association and Network. I have never seen one athlete looked over and picked over so much. Can we move on there are what 400 or more other players in this league. Damn my mouse just froze, Damn you Kobe I know you somehow caused that.

  • DoDoBallz

    They had to many Sf they thought Odom was a better fit turns out Caron
    would have been the right choice under Phils system but oh well it is what it is.Don’t know why bring up something that happen a couple years
    ago it get tiring at some point. EVEN IF IT WAS TRUE THEN WHAT? Lets just play some damn ball.
    Go Lakers.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lakerfan81

    First off though I am sure that Kobe gets at least a little say in what decisions are made (at least maybe a heads up) he doesn’t get to make the decisions.

    Secondly, in principle I was OK with trading Butler. The Lakers needed a big man and had an overabundance of SFs. So trading Butler was a way of solving that problem. The problem I had with the trade was that they could have gotten more for Butler than Kwame. It was a big gamble it didn’t pay off.

  • http://yahoo maadtechlaker

    jim buss is so jealous of the relationship his dad and kobe use to have that he’s done everything he can to alienate kobe and turn his dad against him. howeever now that the fans are back on kobes side he needed to bring a story out to make kobe look bad again. all kobes done is give his heart and soul day in and out for the lakers and its fans. yah he has some arrogance and selfishness but if he didn’t he would be another lamar. ever since the fo has been led by jim the organization has been hurt its easy to put the blame on kobe and ya he’s paritially responsible but even if shaq stayed he wouldn’t have been motivated enough to win another championship.he won in miami because it was a new team look at him now. before we start blaming the lakers demise on kobes shortcomings lets look at the fo leadership people say how can kobe bash this laker organization its not the same organization owned by jerry buss and run by jerry west.

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    BREAKING NEWS: Bill Simmons is ACTUALLY the female man-child of Milwaukee Bucks SF Bobby Simmons! Recent DNA tests have matched Bill Simmons’ s semen, found on the bathroom floor of a Hollywood sports bar, with the spit of Bobby Simmons, which was gathered from the inside lining of a green trash can in the locker room of the Bradley Center.

    © 2007 The ASSociated XXXPress. All birthrights reserved.

  • daboss1848

    So quick to judge and name call . . .

    Bottomline is none of us know what the truth is, but its ridiculous to say that b/c KB is not GM/Owner he has no say.

    Take a look at history to find out how much influence a star can have on player and coaching personnel – you may be shocked at what you find.

    By the way, if KB was ticked off by the “insider” comments, wait til he gets a load of this. If it’s true, he’ll overreact to make it seem like its not true. If it’s not true, he’ll go ballistic about his being subverted from the inside. Where does that leave us? Exactly where we were – with no clue!

  • gugy

    once again propaganda to put Kobe’s name down.
    Come on, who believes that.

  • DCLAKER

    I wish I was SCARFACE(TONY MONTANA)right now so he could ‘SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND’.Stop the LIES PLEASE.This site is for REAL FANS and REAL ARTICLES ONLY.OH BY WAY…..R.I.P. SEAN TAYLOR(I’m from Wash.DC and Skins also).

  • LakersFirst

    This wouldn’t surprise me. In hindsite, the Caron for Kwame trade was good in theory. Remember Caron was going to be a free agent at the end of the following year and the Lakers were not going to resign him because they had a Lamar that was supposed to play the 3 and needed a 4, which is what Kwame was supposed to be. Unfortunately, Kwame didn’t work out at the 4, so they moved him to center.

    Not to mention, it was Chucky that called Kobe the GM.

  • foxxy

    WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THIS NOW…PLEASE!!!! DONT BELIEVE MUCH OF ANYTHING WRITTEN THESE DAYS!!!! MEDIA STILL DRAGGING KOBE’S NAME THRU THE MUD…WHEN WILL IT END???? CANT YOU WRITERS FIND SOME MORE INTERESTING NEWS…SOME TRUTH MAYBE??????????? HATERS FOR REAL!!!!

  • double

    this is totally irrelevant. Can we focus on today’s team? What’s done is done.

  • steve

    DCLAKER……..I TELL YOU ONE TIME….LOL….SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND

  • Yoni

    What did Chucky Atkings say when he got traded?
    for some reason i dont remember.

  • domidomdomz

    I think Chucky atkins said: “SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND”

  • 24allup inya

    I think Phil is not going to sign the contract extension there’s too much drama going on.I think that if he was, he would have already done so.All this crap about Kobe is fueling a trade for him and i find it disgusting that all these a$$holes like Simmons are adding more fuel.

  • steve

    Yoni…..He said kobe the GM

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    BREAKING NEWS: Bill Simmons is ACTUALLY the female man-child of Milwaukee Bucks SF Bobby Simmons! Recent DNA tests have matched Bill Simmons’ s semen, found on the bathroom floor of a Hollywood sports bar, with the spit of Bobby Simmons, which was gathered from the inside lining of a green trash can in the locker room of the Bradley Center.

    © 2007 The ASSociated XXXPress. All birthrights reserved.

  • sdsuballa

    I f***in hate Bill simmons, he is gonna start crap all over again, he’s such a KOBE HATER

  • http://yahoo maadtechlaker

    kobes name isn’t inked on those contracts if it were wed have kid or jo

  • http://www.myspace.com/stevesspace TheEclectic

    If you all that that Ric Bucher was an idiot – I present Bill Simmons perhaps the least qualified sports writer on ESPN (including Jemelle Hill and John Hollinger). Bill is a sports fan, with mediocre writing skills, piss poor analytical skills, and clueless when it comes to knowing people on the inside. He was crying like a baby when Boston traded for Ray Allen – ranting and raving on his Page 2 column and then falling over in a stupor to talk about what a genius Ainge was when they pulled the KG deal off. It doesn’t help that the Red Sox won the world series, the New England Patriots look on their way towards being the first undefeated team since the ’72 Dolphins, and the Celtics are once again an elite team in the NBA. Now he looks down his nose at all other fans as he sits high on his perch, but once the Pats choke in the playoffs and the truth that the C’s have yet to beat a good team comes to fruition we can all smile again. Until then we’ll just have to put up with his “analysis from a fan from a winning team” attitude. In short: F*** Bill Simmons.

  • kobe-or-not-kobe

    when will these writers stop trying to stir up crap?
    im tired of reading the way the twist quotes into lies. they are all the same even john ireland

  • ab4sure

    Everyone assumes this guy is lying. Just like they thought Kobe’s hood hugging friend lied. His name was Bucher and he only was Kobe’s mouthpiece. Does this guy have the facts??? I don’t know, but after the Hug that Kobe gave to Bucher we shouldn’t judge one way or the other. Lakernation just doesn’t know if this is true yet.

  • osm0nd

    This is ludicrous.. Kobe as great as he is, he’s still just a player on the team!! To think that he has a say in GM issues is just ridiculous. Even if he did, what was he supposed to say if that’s what Phil wanted when he came back?? It would just tarnish his reputation even more if he tried to veto a trade against his own coach whom his relationship was already shaky with!!!

  • myriam

    Don’t pay attention to these reporters. I don’t understand, they always put the blame on KOBE. Good heavens, if you have nothing nice to say , then don’t say anything. Give Kobe a break, looks like they only have eyes n ears for Kobe. These reporters always putting words on Kobe’s mouth. It’s annoying.

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #18326 Will Be Quoted Here]

    You do know that Kobe’s mouth(words) was speaking through Bucher, right???

  • foxxy

    [Comment ID #18330 Will Be Quoted Here] IM BEGINNING TO THINK YOUR A BSPN JOCK!!!!TELL US THE TRUTH,YOUR REALLY UNDERCOVER…HUH????

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #18392 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I guess you never saw Kobe giving Bucher a Hood Hug. Some people live in denial.