True Hoop: Walking to work this morning I couldn’t help but think about Kobe Bryant. We’ve seen some trade action this summer, but the one big domino that has not even come close to falling, it would seem, is that of Mr. Bryant.
And when I got here, I fired up my computer and lo and behold that very same story is headling this here website. ESPN’s Ric Bucher writes what I have heard from multiple sources over the summer: Kobe Bryant is still not happy with the Lakers.
Just understand this, in lieu of Bryant telling you himself: If he was boiling about the Lakers for not jumping at the chance to get Jason Kidd at the trade deadline, he’s now at the stage where the water has evaporated and the bone-dry pot is scorched and rattling, after having a firsthand taste of what playing with Kidd is like at the Team USA minicamp last month.
His directness did not go over well, so now Kobe skirts questions about his Lakers future.
Kidd, by several accounts, was an absolute wonder during the three-day training session in Las Vegas and equally thrilled about playing with Bryant.
“No question,” said someone close to Bryant, “his frustration was made worse by Vegas.”
In these situations, it helps to search history for conventional wisdom. People have been convincing, saying stuff like: “Oh, of course he’ll settle down and come on back to the winningest franchise in NBA history — the team that holds his exclusive rights. Besides, any GM could tell you that you simply never trade a player of that caliber.”