MSNBC.COM: On further consideration, maybe Kobe Bryant should sit out the season.
If the Lakers aren’t serious about trying to compete, then why waste his best years? Say what you will about the Chicago Bulls and breaking up the team or any of the criticisms that endured during their championship years: They never put Michael Jordan in a position where he couldn’t win every year once he did. They never experimented and never rebuilt. They brought in veterans and took chances on talent to go for it every day.
You’d have difficulty saying that about the Lakers, and while I may not have gone about protesting the way Bryant did in dialing up talk radio stations — unless I could win a trip to Tijuana by being the 15th caller to guess Jerry Buss’ blood alcohol level — he may have a point.
We haven’t heard much from Bryant about his plans for this season since the blowup in the spring, when he told various media outlets he doesn’t intend to return to the Lakers and wants to be traded, ostensibly to the Bulls.
The Bulls, like several teams, made perfunctory inquiries, but were told Bryant was not available.
Bryant then went to play for Team USA in the Olympic qualifier. He declined to discuss his Lakers situation, saying he didn’t want to detract from the U.S. team, but then his play said all that needed to be said.