When you lose a teammate of seven years in a trade, it’s always tough.
For Bryant, it may have been easier to swallow if the trade got the Lakers something tangible. A player that could help the teams chances of winning a title.
As it stands, that is not the case. When Kobe walked around on media day he didn’t see what the Lakers got in exchange for his long time friend.
The Los Angeles Lakers traded a 2012 2nd round draft pick, and Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. In exchange, they received a 2012 first round draft pick, and an $8.9 million trade exception.
Kobe talked about losing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks:
“Especially to them. We were supposed to come back and get them back. It’s tough.”
Do I think we got too little? Who did we get? I don’t think Mark Cuban is protesting this trade.”
Bryant would then expand on his displeasure of the trade:
“To be honest with you, I don’t like it,” Bryant said. “It’s tough to lose Lamar. Pau is still here, and we’re all thankful for that. It’s hard when you’ve been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else. It’s tough.”
In Kobe’s eyes the Lakers received nothing tangible in return so it has hit him harder. However, he still puts trust in the Lakers front office:
You got to let Mitch [Kupchak] do his job. Mitch has proven himself over the course of the years that he has been able to build a great team here. We have to all trust that he is going to do that.”
The trade of Lamar Odom could be seen as simply a salary dump to cut the Lakers a break on the luxury tax. It’s pretty clear that would not satisfy Bryant.
For Laker fans, and Bryant, the hope is the trade of Lamar Odom sets the Lakers up to be able to make a deal to increase their chances of winning a title.