Expert: Kobe should send message, sit out season

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.

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  • lakerfan81

    ???????????????

    Expert???????????????

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Kobe is stayin, No matter what!!!!!

  • daboss1848

    “Sam Smith is a contributor to msnbc.com and a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.”

    Fueling the flames so that the Lakers are forced to trade him to the Bulls?

    experimented? rebuilt? trade for JO (but thats not enough)? The whole article is based on spin to achieve a goal – what would that goal be? (see previous question).

    Ah yes . . . finally you get to it!!!
    “Perhaps it’s the fans who should be demanding the trade to Chicago.”

    Now why didnt u say that at the beginning so I could have saved 5 minutes.

  • fatty

    Oh daboss,

    Sam only wants what’s best for Kobe. lol

  • PHANTOM

    I agree with sam!!! if the lakers dont’t do something why should kobe play? they promised him a chance to compete when he signed!! look what they got instead no brains brown, no heart odom, and no courage bynum. i feel like i’m in a freakin wizard of oz movie. please fast forward this season to another first round and out season!!!!

  • BEC

    “Back to Jordan, it wasn’t until Pippen developed into a perennial All-Star that the Bulls began to become a serious championship contender. And when they did, they got veterans every year, not babies. Bobby Hansen after the first title, Rodney McCray, Trent Tucker and Darrell Walker in 1992, Ron Harper after that, then Larry Krystkowiak, Dennis Rodman, Robert Parish, Steve Kerr, Bill Wennington, Randy Brown and Joe Kleine. They cut first round picks without inviting them to training camp. Forget potential: You try to win every year you have the best player in the league on your team.
    Unless, apparently, you are the Lakers.”

    I thought that was interesting. Its amazing just how the Lakers arent willing to spend money to win or try to win period. The Knicks are spending about 90mill in salary and the lakers are spending roughly 62mill. Both franchise have roughly the same team value and both are just as lucrative, but the Knicks are willing to spend about 30 mill more on salary. Thats ridiculous, Lakers should be at a minimum 20-25 mill over the salary cap, with our ticket prices and the star power of Kobe there shouldnt be a question, although Thomas is an idiot, its clear that he wants to win and a put a team on the floor that can win now, I can see why Kobe wanted to go their during his tirade.
    Im still pissed that we missed out big time when we didnt trade Kidd for Bynum. With a lineup of Kidd, Kobe, Walton, Odom, and (solid bigman), we’d win a title. Yeah we would be weak up front, but Id put a lot of money on vets like Chris Webber and PJ Brown and any other big man jumping at a chance to win with a Kidd, Kobe, and Odom trio. Thats a title team.
    We should have said bye bye to bynum long time ago instead of thinking, bye bye kobe??

  • Tim-4-Show

    The Lakers (Jim Buss) know that we’ll pay to see the games even if we’re at best a second tier team… just because of one player: Kobe Bean. They’re using him and they’re using us.

    We’re all pleading for a competitive team but all we get are highlights on Johnny’s myspace page about how great all the parties have been.

    Somewhere the Insider is laughing it up, counting up his money and thanking God that his dad owns the team.

  • MacBSlick

    All I can say is after hearing Phil Jackson, I think Jim Buss has been given more power than we all know. He seriously doesnt know what the hell hes doing. So he ran a WNBA Team that won a couple of championships, and I guess that makes him an expert on all things NBA. The ex Beach Bum is now running the show and bringing down the best franchise in the league. While Daddys out getting drunk and playing with little Girls his Son is quietly burning down the house….Im Speechless!

  • foxxy

    I CANT IMAGINE MY MAN KOBE SITTING OUT THE SEASON…HE IS TOO PROFESSIONAL FOR THAT…NO WAY!!!!!

  • foxxy

    I CANT BELIEVE THE FRONT OFFICE IS TREATING KOBE AND PHIL IN SUCH A F…KED UP WAY…DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!

  • MILO

    Hell no he should not sit out the season!!!!!!!!Who the hell is this so called expert???Dam instigator needs to get a life!!!!!!!!

  • two0one7

    What a load of bull crap. When asked if he would sit out the season, didn’t Kobe already respond by saying “why would I?”

  • Michael_23

    This reporter is a joke. Again, have a reporter interview Mitch and give us some real news. Just because there’s no news about the Lakers lately doesn’t mean that someone stupid like this “Expert” should start instigating something stupid.

  • sincebirth1

    What a joke…this guessing game of reporting on what Kobe is going to do is pointless…
    assumption usually make a blank out u Sammy..

  • daboss1848

    clearly some of you dont read the posts posted before your own . . .

    [quote comment="13587"]“Sam Smith is a contributor to msnbc.com and a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.”

    Fueling the flames so that the Lakers are forced to trade him to the Bulls?

    experimented? rebuilt? trade for JO (but thats not enough)? The whole article is based on spin to achieve a goal – what would that goal be? (see previous question).

    Ah yes . . . finally you get to it!!!
    “Perhaps it’s the fans who should be demanding the trade to Chicago.”

    Now why didnt u say that at the beginning so I could have saved 5 minutes.[/quote]

  • Shaq786

    how many times do you guys wanna debate this???

    kobe aint going to sit out.. he said he will report to camp and said he has no reason not to…

    kobe cant do crap because the LAKERS got him on a leash for 2 more years…so until then he will comply

    if he does sit out… he can be risking his career, which kobe wont do

    KOBE IS TOO COMPETEIVE TO MAKE A STUPID DECISION LIKE THAT… so keep all your heads up, and chill

  • Michael_23

    No wonder Jerry West didn’t come back …

    The front office of the Lakers are nothing but dickheads. Is Magic in the front office, (VP right?) if he is, please Magic make your voice and our voices heard.

  • lakerfan81

    There are a couple of things that need to b e pointed out. You can not buy a championship. It just does not work (well most of the time). The only team I can think of recently that bought (mostly) a championship is Miami (spending a lot of money of a fat old shaq)and look where they are now. If you take the NY approach and spend a lot of money it doesn’t get you anywhere.

    Building a championship team requires both inward growth (development of talent) and outward growth (trades, FA signings). The problem the Lakers have is that their developing talent (Bynum( is too far apart from the already developed talent (Kobe). The other problem is that they do not have any other assets or cap space to have outward growth besides the developing talent. And no trades have come up (except perhaps the Kidd trade) that would warrant trading the developing talent.

    What the Lakers should have done was trade Odom for cap space and a pick or filler before the draft this year. Not have signed Fisher for more than anything beyond 2M (or preferrably the Vet Minimum). This would have cleared up cap space to make a splash in the FA market (Brand when he opts out after this year, maybe not anymore since his value will be low because of the injury). A trade with Boston for the #5 and Theo Ratliff would have worked, but they were holding out for Garnett.

  • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

    I love this article. No, of course I don’t want kobe sitting out this season , but he’s right when he says that the Lakers owe their fans and Kobe better. I’ve always lobbied for negotiating with the Pacers to get them to take just Bynum, Farmar, and some civilians, but perhaps if someone like Troy Murphy is included in the deal, an LO Bynum for JO deal might be our best shot at contending now. And it would sure appease Kobe. I think Jermaine could play his best and most effective basketball as a 2nd option. I Just hope they do something before the season starts. It would be depressing to me to see the Lakers step out onto the floor against Houston on Oct 30th with the same exact roster as last year Dfish.

  • fatty

    When you get past the silliness of Kobe sitting out for the year, his point of the Lakers need to play for a title now at all costs, is what most of the posters here would like to see. He is very strong on his point on Bynum. Why keep him when we have Kobe the Great now in his prime.

    Good Lord, we have the Coach, the Player, get the pieces we need with one of the few tradeable assets we have in Bynum. That’s the point he’s making.

    Kobe put to rest the fabricated story by Mr. Buchner of protesting and sitting. Although many writers have conveniently forgotten to mention that point, like this one. (or he his being sarcastic to prove a point of the Lakers ineptitude in the FO?)

    Kobe sit? Far from reality. Kobe wanting to be traded? Very possible.

  • fred0s

    Did you see what this moron suggested? It was Odom, Bynum, Cook and Brown for O’Neal and Murphy. I mean what kind of a moron is this guy? Why would we be stupid enough to take Murphy? Why would be give up Bynum AND Odom for an oft injured player who is like Odom with a bit more defense? Truely, there are some stupid people out there.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Incoming Players
    Jermaine O’Neal
    Salary: $19,728,000 Years Remaining: 2

    Andrei Kirilenko
    Salary: $13,735,000 Years Remaining: 4

    Outgoing Players: Andrew Bynum, Vladimir Radmanovic, Kwame Brown, Lamar OdomUtah Jazz

    Incoming Players
    Danny Granger
    Salary: $1,516,800 Years Remaining: 1

    Kwame Brown
    Salary: $9,075,000 Years Remaining: 1

    Outgoing Players: Andrei KirilenkoIndiana Pacers

    Incoming Players
    Andrew Bynum
    Salary: $2,172,000 Years Remaining: 1

    Vladimir Radmanovic
    Salary: $5,632,200 Years Remaining: 4

    Lamar Odom
    Salary: $13,248,596 Years Remaining: 2

    Outgoing Players: Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger

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    Los Angeles Lakers

    Incoming Players
    Jermaine O’Neal
    Salary: $19,728,000 Years Remaining: 2

    Andrei Kirilenko
    Salary: $13,735,000 Years Remaining: 4

    Outgoing Players: Andrew Bynum, Vladimir Radmanovic, Kwame Brown, Lamar OdomUtah Jazz

    Incoming Players
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    Kwame Brown
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    Outgoing Players: Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger

  • Faith

    2 words: Career suicide.

    Kobe is NOT MJ. He doesn’t have the press on his side, they will KILL Kobe if he does that. Not to mention the many many haters. NOT TO MENTION it giving the front office the upper hand.

  • MILO

    BEC, thank dumb a$$ Jerry Buss Mich and the rest of the idiot’s in the Lakers FO for screwing what would have been a classic, featuring the best player of the world (Kobe)NBA leading scorer along with Kid one of the best p-guard’s in the league against Phoenix the highest scoring team in the league and Nash the best p-guard in the league.Not only would it have automaticly better the chances for the Lakers to pull of a win in that first round battle with the Sun’s but it would have also been a classic for lot’s of year’s to come.This is frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • raphaelr

    are people forgetting the lamar odom for gerald wallace trade that almost happened? it has been proven that there is soooooome trying in the fo

  • nyla

    I love Kobe to death and agree with him and just about everyone that we need major help. But if he sits, I WILL NOT support him. Never. I can support demanding a trade and leaving my beloved Lakers, but sitting out an entire season is BEYOND childish and unprofessional.

    Besides, his rant didn’t exactly help the Lakers this summer. If he didn’t go all media crazy on everyone, we would still have a shot at Kidd, JO, Artest, and others. Sure, we still have a shot at JO, but now we have to really overpay to get him.

  • kb24 4life

    No way
    simply no way
    thats just speculation as it has been all the off season
    kobe wants to play and to win in LA because he LOVES THE LAKERS

  • JordanT

    i doubt this guy seriously thinks kobe should sit out the season.

    beyond the goofyness i agree that…they should trade people we have for current star tallent…

    like odom and bynum for oneal and granger add in other variables to appease everyone.

    kwame and farmar for artest, add on draft pick and or money.

    fisher/java
    bryant/evans
    artest/walton
    Oneal/Elton Brown
    Mihm/Turiaf

    plenty of other people lying around aswell XD

  • Shaq786

    just make kobe happy…..

    REALISTIC APPROACH TO GET A BOMB DEFENSIVE LINE UP…

    3-way trade(LAL/GSW/UTAH):

    LAL trades: Odom, Kwame, Brian Cook, ’08 second round pick, and sasha
    LAL Receives: Ak47, Jason Maxiel, and Raseed wallace

    DET trades: Jason Maxiel and Raseed wallace
    DET Recieves: Kwame, cook, ’08 second round pick, ’08 first round pick, and sasha (they are stacked at pf, anyways)

    Utah Trades: Ak47 and ’08 first round pick
    Utah Recives: Odom

    Our line up:

    D-Fish/Farmar/Javaris
    Kobe/Maurice/Coby/(Sun Yue)
    AK47/Walton/V.rad
    Sheed/Turaif/Jason Maxiel
    BYNUM/Mihm

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