All speculation, of course. However, in my honest opinion — In the end, Kobe will be there, it is in his nature to be there.
ESPN: It was a simple yes or no question, and Kobe Bryant could have ended much of the speculation over his future simply by answering it.”Do you still want the Lakers to trade you?”
As we walked toward the team bus some 40 minutes after Team USA’s practice ended Saturday, this was his response:
“I’m not going to answer that question. The Lakers know exactly where I stand, and they’ve known exactly where I stand since the beginning of the summer.”
Will Kobe be there when the Lakers report to camp in Hawaii? After looking him in the eye and getting a bit of a fresh mid-August reading of his mood, I’m not so certain he will be.