I'm not sure if anyone is interested in coming to the Lakers if it means playing with Kobe. As great as he is, he isn't easy to play with. We're all talking about not letting Dwight walk but if Dwight walks AND you trade Gasol, the immediate cap space could be huge. However, if we take on some mediocre pieces for Dwight with long term contracts, Kobe will never see 6. I think the key to all this is finding a way for Kobe to be on the court for only 32 or 33 minutes per game. That will give those that claims he shoots too much 15 minutes or so without him and gives them time to prove themselves. I watched the game against Memphis and it was crazy how Kobe's teammates would stand completely still once Kobe got the ball. It was BANANAS!!
Just stop! If any player doesnt want to win = there is no reason for them to be a LAker. Kobe doesnt have the negative effect you claim otherwise his other peers would have the better careers & accomplishments. The best teammate & Superstar who is willing to defer at all times = Duncan still cant say he is better than Kobe. If you put the right pieces Kobe is effective just like MJ was (except Kobe doesnt have ref assistance like MJ did) in bringing in TItles.