ESPN: Kobe Bryant has held fast to his radio — and TV, blog, dot-com, newspaper, magazine, semaphore — silence concerning his future with the Lakers. That’s good, since speaking out didn’t exactly motivate the Lakers nor endear him to the how-dare-an-NBA-player-complain crowd.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have been silent, too. That’s not so good, since it’s their inability to make any significant moves that prompted Kobe to ask out in the first place.
Just understand this, in lieu of Bryant telling you himself: If he was boiling about the Lakers for not jumping at the chance to get Jason Kidd at the trade deadline, he’s now at the stage where the water has evaporated and the bone-dry pot is scorched and rattling, after having a firsthand taste of what playing with Kidd is like at the Team USA minicamp last month.
Kidd, by several accounts, was an absolute wonder during the three-day training session and equally thrilled about playing with Bryant.
“No question,” said someone close to Bryant, “his frustration was made worse by Vegas.”