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.