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#1 daco_inc

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 06:21 AM

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In all the frenzy and speculation about the NBA free-agent market of 2010, no one is talking about the fact the reigning MVP can become a free agent this summer -- or, if he prefers, join the LeBron-Wade-Bosh-Amare-Dirk-Nash-Yao-Pierce free-agent class in 2010.

Kobe Bryant can forego the final two years on his contract with the Lakers if he decides to opt out after the season. If he passes on that opportunity, he can opt out in 2010. Or if he prefers, he can become a free agent in 2011, when his current contract would expire.

The last time he held this power, in 2004, the franchise shuddered and underwent a radical transformation, with Shaquille O'Neal departing and Bryant remaining as the solitary superstar in the Lakers' galaxy, but not without giving L.A. heart palpitations. General manager Mitch Kupchak spoke of difficulty sleeping in the days before Bryant signed his new contract with the Lakers.

This time around, there's no fretting among the Lakers' fan base, no rumors about possible destinations for Bryant. There's only one big working assumption that Bryant will simply re-sign with the Lakers.



#2 Makaveli

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 07:31 AM

Kobe is a Laker for life. Now way he's gonna get traded/sign any other team/opt out.

#3 kobynum

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 04:54 PM

if you think about it, if the team doesnt win by 2011, Kobe could opt-out and inspire changes, like the slight inspiration that Buss took from his and Shaq's differences. It isnt set in stone that this team will be together until kobe's retirement
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#4 ab4sure

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 05:03 PM

He doesn't hold the power like he did in 2004. He could do whatever he wanted and he could have traded any laker player or kept any laker player he wanted then. He has some power but what NBA team would he go to. He won't win championships anywhere else unless he wants to take the MLE and go play for the Spurs or Orlando or some similiar team. The lakers hold some power in that respect.
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#5 LA Forever

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 06:02 PM

if you think about it, if the team doesnt win by 2011, Kobe could opt-out and inspire changes, like the slight inspiration that Buss took from his and Shaq's differences. It isnt set in stone that this team will be together until kobe's retirement

If the team doesn't win this year, I want change. No reason we will not win it all this season.

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 06:26 PM

I'd cry if he leaves!

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#7 Imadogg

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 11:39 PM

I'd cry if he leaves!

I'd hate him if he left.

#8 LA Forever

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Posted February 15, 2009 - 11:48 PM

I hated him when he wanted to get out of LA and be traded to Chicago. But after all that fiasco, he isn't going anywhere.

#9 LP_18

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 12:00 AM

I dont think he would leave, but if he did, it would be heartbreaking.

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#10 Imadogg

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 01:53 AM

I hated him when he wanted to get out of LA and be traded to Chicago. But after all that fiasco, he isn't going anywhere.

I was pissed but he still showed up unlike other stars, and was our only hope for anything being one of the best players in the league, so I forgave him. If he leaves now though, I could never forgive.

#11 fido

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 03:00 AM

Oh J.A., you're a better writer and a smarter person than this.

Short on ideas this week - really?

#12 TheAssassin611

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 03:02 AM

BSPN?

#13 Notorious Arab

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:16 AM

I would seriously cry if he left!

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#14 lakerfool

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:25 AM

If he leaves, we better get Durant or LBJ.
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#15 netlord

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Posted February 16, 2009 - 10:51 AM

He ain't going nowhere. He is a Laker for life.
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#16 LALDynasty

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 12:35 AM

He ain't going nowhere. He is a Laker for life.


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#17 TheAssassin611

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 02:53 AM

I hope Kobe Will Remain A Laker.

#18 JD

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 05:13 AM

Oh J.A., you're a better writer and a smarter person than this.

Short on ideas this week - really?


Mine are similar thoughts. Though, I don't know if I would give Adande that much credit.

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#19 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted February 17, 2009 - 05:59 AM

If he leaves, we better get Durant or LBJ.

I think OJ Mayo is playing for the Lakers when Kobe retires.




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