Bryant continues to deliver on the court, and his best option might be to stick around.
L.A. Times: Normalcy returns to Lakerdom.
The Lakers don’t do normal and if they ever do, you won’t like it. However, a week or two without civil war would be a relief and may not be out of the question.
For all the skepticism surrounding Kobe Bryant, he has been as brilliant as always after calling down the thunder on his own head, averaging a league-leading 30.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and five assists and shooting 50% this season. Of course, by now you could be getting a little tired of the whole subject.
In her book “Ain’t No Tomorrow,” Elizabeth Kaye wrote: “For readers of the local papers, the Kobe-versus-Shaq struggle was familiar to a point approaching tedium. Since their first season together five years earlier, the Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Heisler had been noting troubles between the players he called ‘the Golden Child’ and ‘Shaq Daddy.’ ”
That was in 2001 so I’m way past tedium and could be inducing comas. Nevertheless, for anyone who’s still with me . . .
Teammates and coaches say Bryant is again acting like one of them. Even if he still wants out — and he does — he’s being as discreet as only he can be when he feels like it.
As far as the Lakers are concerned, Bryant isn’t even the issue. It’s kindly paterfamilias Jerry Buss, who’s up to here with his rebellious franchise player.