Kobe Bryant joined the Jim Rome Show on Monday morning. He was asked about the the trade of Lamar Odom, and how the team is dealing with all the drama of trade rumors.
Bryant had this to say when asked why he wanted another shot at winning a title with the same core:
Its tough man. As as a team we wanted to come back and avenge that loss [to the Mavs], and have that same group come back to do it. Shannon [Brown] is in Phoenix, and not only is Lamar [Odom] with another team he is with the Dallas [Mavericks].”
We’ll be better. We are one year removed from winning back-to-back championships. We have one year that we don’t win it, and all of sudden the roof is caving in.”
Rome also asked Bryant if he would of have been OK to the agreed deal that saw the Lakers trade Gasol and Odom for Chris Paul:
“That’s a tough one for me. I love Chris. He’s cold. He’s got that engine in him, he’s just got that motor in him. But that is a lot of length to be giving up.”
Odom ends his Lakers career with 519 games which ranks 18th in Lakers franchise history. Chris Paul has been rumored to go to the Los Angeles Clippers, but now it seems the league may nix that deal as well.
It is now clear that the Lakers roster will be different on Christmas Day. How much different? Only time will tell.