Ireland blog: “Kobe still wants out badly”

What the…? Ireland’s latest from his blog…

Ireland’s Blog: I think the Chicago Bulls have been more affected by the Kobe Bryant trade rumors than the Lakers have. I have a friend in Chicago that says there are “Kobe” chants from the crowd at every Bulls game. At the time I write this, Chicago is 1-5 with all of the guys they won’t trade, and the Lakers are 3-2 with Kobe.

Speaking of Kobe, here’s the latest: he still wants out, badly. But the Lakers seem to have weathered the worst of this storm, and I now believe they should just keep him for two more years. This of course runs the risk of getting nothing for him, but if that becomes obvious, they can always trade him last minute. The way the offers stand now, it’s almost as if a last minute trade would yield the same result.

I’m actually encouraged by what I’ve seen from the Lakers in their first five games. Remember, had they made their free throws in game one, they’d be 4-1. They’ve played only one bad game so far, and that was when they forgot to play defense against New Orleans. One bad game out of five would turn into a great record by the end of the year.

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  • http://mike2008.wordpress.com laker_27

    I don’t know how this guy know what Kobe is thinking.
    And maybe Kobe himself doesn’t even know if he still wants to go or not.
    So we should focus on Lakers game more than these rumors, because we love basketball.

  • Devon

    I don’t know if this is true, but this sort of thing needs to be kept in house if so. We were almost back to some sort of normalcy (at least since this summer). I am extremely disappointed in John

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Kobe still wants out, but he has to realize that IF the Lakers trade him, he’s going to be in a worse position, stuck on a team that will have been gutted and he still won’t be any closer to winning a title with that other team.

    Rather than trade him, I think the Lakers should hold on to him for two years and let him walk. By that time, none of the NBA teams contending for a championship will have enough money to give Kobe a huge salary so Kobe would be FORCED to take a major pay cut if he wants to play for a contender, and by the time Kobe will be 31. Now I know the ridiculous Kobe fans will say “Kobe doesn’t care about money, he wants championships”. To you I say “WAKE UP AND GET YOUR FACE OUT OF THE S**T THAT KOBE IS FEEDING YOU”, $40+ million dollars is hell out of money for anyone to talk walk away from. The NBA and its players are about money!

    Furthermore, you know Buss is thinking LEBRON in the back of his mind in 2010, just a year after Kobe may walk. Accoring to the LA Daily News:

    “If he has considered playing in Los Angeles for the Lakers, LeBron James said the politically correct thing. “I don’t know,” he said. “I never thought about that. You know, I focus on playing with the Cavs and trying to win an NBA championship. Me playing someplace else never crossed my mind, thus far.” He doesn’t use his option to extend his Cavaliers contract another season and becomes a free agent in the spring of 2010. … It’s just a dream, for now. But I’ll bet Jerry Buss and LeBron, too, have indulged in the same fantasy. Whether or not they admit to it any time soon.”

    If the Cavs don’t get help for Lebron soon, Lebron will pull a Kobe.

  • nyla

    Kobe is out of his mind if he still wants to go to the Bulls. They’re playing terrible with the current roster!

  • drake hunter

    I live right next to him, he never said that.

  • Jrich

    I’m sure John Ireland hears a lot of insider stuff so I believe what he says. Sad to hear that bloke say he still wants to leave LA. What a pansy.

  • lakergirl_24

    Last week the Loose Cannons reported no change in Kobe’s decision. It has nothing to do with the players. It’s strictly between Kobe and the front office. Vic and Steve talked to Kobe directly, but they didn’t reveal the details because Kobe asked them not to.

  • ab4sure

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    right next to Kobe??? even if you did doesn’t mean he did or didn’t say that. The evidence points to kobe’s last comment…”nothing has changed”… so he still wants out….but “badly”… well not too badly because he won’t let the lakers get close to equal value and he won’t waive his no trade clause. I do agree that letting him walk in two is better than a crappy trade now…besides… we might have a nice position for a special player…though I am not yet talking about Lebron…well “thus far” I am not..lol

  • kb24 4life

    how does he know???
    kobe has keep his mouth shut and he has been playing really well this season and i see him, happy…

  • kb24 4life

    hey ab4sure
    when did kobe said
    NOTHING HAS CHANGED..??

  • ab4sure

    Just prior to the hornet game…he said it to Steve Hartman…you can catch it on the 570klac website. The talked about it the day after the game..i forget what day that was but it was after the game.

  • foxxy

    PLEASE JOHN IRELAND….CAN WE JUST GET ON WITH THE SEASON???? WE DONT CARE WHAT KOBE SAID(SO YOU SAY) ALL WE LAKER FANS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IS A PROMISING AND SOLID SEASON WITH THIS TEAM INCLUDING KOBE BRYANT…WE WILL DEAL WITH TRADES WHEN IT TRUELY HAPPENS!!!! NOT BECAUSE YOU DUMB SPORTS JOURNALIST WANT TO KEEP FEEDING US SH#$!!!AND YOU CANT FIND ANYTHING POSITIVE TO WRITE ABOUT!! WE’VE BEEN THRU THIS TRADE ME MESS ALL SUMMER, NOW GIVE US A FREAKIN BREAK…KOBE IS STILL HERE !!!!LET US ENJOY LAKER BASKETBALL!!
    THANKS…………GO PURPLE AND GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jack

    Everyone remember this is Mr.John Ireland’s blog..not a column. In a blog, Agent Zero writes he’s gonna pour 50 over portland when in reality he scores 5. My understanding of a blog is a biased, unresearched, predicted, “whatever is fun writing,” and people should have fun with it kinda thing. If you don’t beleive me, look at Kobe at pratices and post game interviews at Lakers.com. He wants to play basketball, that’s it. This whole Chicago thing was started by the front office. Leave Kobe alone, at least for this one. P.S. Spurs, bring it on!!!!! Our Army (of 15) is ready to show WE are the team of this decade.

  • r3dempti0n

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    Amen.

  • lakerfan81

    I read one article where they said that Kobe would 1st in pts, 2nd rbs, 2nd asists, 2nd in blocked shots if he was on the bulls. That article said Kobe was worth more than anything they could offer.

  • gugy

    Kobe will be a Laker for life. We will find out soon when PJ decides what he will do for the next 2 seasons.
    I don’t think Kobe will be much better of in Chicago. Seriously that team did well last season but that doesn’t mean they will get better. Look at the Warriors!

    Winning cures everything. I think Jerry will mend fences with Kobe and with many free agency prospects next season, the Lakers will acquire couple of veterans to help this team be a contender. Also I agree, let Kobe wait for 2 years and do not trade him.

    My gut feeling is Kobe is a laker for life.

  • 24allup inya

    This all could have been avoided is stupid a$$ Buss would have kept his mouth shut.Kobe had already said he was going to try and get a cahmpionship back to LA and there goes stupid Buss opening his big mouth just to show he’s still the boss.What a f-u-c-k-e-n idiot! sometimes you are better off swalowing you’re pride in this case i dont think that Buss and the rest of the idiots runing the Lkaers have anything to be proud of, yes i know the Lakers have been succesfull since Jerry’s been the owner but loosing Kobe would be the worst thing that has happened to the Lakers for decades to come.

  • Arnold

    “One bad game out of five would turn into a great record by the end of the year.”

  • TheLAunit

    Kobe havent said nothing so leave him alone.

  • DCLAKER

    Thank you,Kobe has not said a word.He is playing with the Lakers this season,right.

  • nyla

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    What happened to Kobe “just wanting to win” and wanting better talent around him?

  • lakergirl_24

    http://www.am570radio.com/cc-common/podcast/single_podcast.html?podcast=AM570KLACShows.xml

    Under “11/7 Loose Cannons Hour 1″

    Apparently, Kobe has no trust in the front office and that’s what is still fueling his fire.

    I think he knows that there isn’t a better situation out there. He’s not about to force a trade no a worse team; he’s being a good teammate. He clearly isn’t very happy with Buss, though.

  • purple and peach

    hey ireland SHUT UP! we dont need someone like you here..it only shows that you are not a true laker fan…you #$%@%^!

  • DCLAKER

    Let me reiterate KOBE IS GOING NOWHERE!!!There is no way you play as well as he has,plus trusting his teammates more and still want a trade.Kobe knows where his heart belongs at.If people would read inbetween his tirades he over the summer he said “I’m a LAKER FOR LIFE and I want to bring a CHAMPIONSHIP BACK TO LA but it’s the FRONT OFFICES J O B to make sure that happens by bringing in the right pieces”.It’ll happen just make sure JIMMY isn’t around during the draft ’08 so we don’t have another fiasco.It was JIM who got them into this(like Kobe said on video)MESS!