Kobe has finally come out and said it – what a complete turnaround from over the summer. Kobe Bryant, thank you. We love and support you as fans. Now go kick their rear end all the way back to Denver!
Yahoo: Kobe Bryant made clear Monday what’s been, at the very least, a bit ambiguous for nearly a year: He wants to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers and is open to finishing his career with them.
“Absolutely,” Bryant said the day after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 128-114 in their playoff series opener. “I’ve always wanted to be here. I just felt like I was in a position where I didn’t really have a choice. They wanted to go in an opposite direction. My legs aren’t as young as they used to be. Just let me know.
“I love the weather. I love my ‘63 drop-top Impala. I love the 405 (freeway). I love my guys.”
Bryant acknowledged he wouldn’t have imagined things would have turned out this way late last May, when he publicly called the Lakers’ front office a mess and demanded a trade, feeling he had been misled when he signed a seven-year, $136.4 million contract in July 2004. The Lakers haven’t won a playoff series since.
“I’ve been sitting on this for four years now,” he said. “After three or four years of not getting anything done, to see it today, it feels pretty damn good. It’s been a hell of a ride.”