Well in a crazy day of your have-to-know, every day LA drama with the Lakers, ESPN’s Mark Stein gave Lakers fans something to smile about regarding Jerry West!

ESPN: Kobe Bryant can count on getting some of what he’s demanding from the Lakers.

That’s the feeling I’m getting from Lakerland in the wake of the blast reported Sunday by our own Ric Bucher: Kobe wants Jerry West to return as the organization’s lead decision-maker if the Lakers expect Kobe to stay with them.

The most likely scenario as of Sunday night, according to team sources, is that West will indeed rejoin the Lakers as a consultant this summer after becoming a front-office free agent on July 1. This has been circulating as a possibility since the Lakers’ first-round series with Phoenix. Only now, with a public plea from one of his favorite all-time players virtually upstaging the playoffs, it’ll be even tougher for West to resist a homecoming.