Everybody’s favorite writer weighs in on Kobe and the free agency… [/sarcasim]

N.Y. Post: Until Kobe Bryant officially signs a Lakers’ extension — in the works almost as long as the construction of the Second Avenue subway — I’m guessing he’d be another rising free agent the Knicks may be interested pursuing this summer to team up with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.

Entitled to opt out of next season’s $24,806,250 salary, Kobe has repeatedly professed he’s not going anywhere, scoffing at the often-broached notion he’d consider abandoning the Lakers’ liner.

The fact such critical business is taking so long to finalize amps speculation Kobe has a perfectly good motive for stalling.

Yeah, maybe some sticky wicket technicalities simply need twisting and tweaking.

More likely, common sense dictates, Kobe is declining to commit until Phil Jackson’s coaching status next season is resolved.

Are we experiencing a related ricochet romance moment? Flashback to Jackson’s last two seasons with the Bulls when (Jerry) Crumbs Krause had Tim Floyd waiting in the wings. Jordan made it clear: “If Phil doesn’t coach, I don’t play.”

Eventually, after six crowns in eight seasons, prevalent disrespect by managing partner Jerry Reinsdorf and Krause, whose proclamation, “Organizations win championships, not players,” continues to incite Jordan (Hall of Fame speech), induced His Airness and the Zen Hen to vacate Chicago . . . leaving another title crusade or two on the chart.

Considering Kobe’s delay to re-up, as well as the likelihood that owner Jerry Buss will shrink Jackson’s annual $11 million salary in half, if he even makes him an offer (I’m told this picture is a distinct possibility, with Byron Scott waiting in the wings this time), it’s certainly not unreasonable to wonder if Kobe has adopted an identical stance: “If Phil doesn’t coach, I don’t play.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525479878 Geloman

    Maybe we can sign Lebron if Kobe decides to leave. That would be sweet! Lebron, King of LA!

    • LGM10

      R u serious? some laker fan you are…..trader…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525479878 Geloman

        I’m a Laker fan first before being a Kobe fan. If he decided to bail what choice do we have?

        • Laker101

          As long as the man is wearing a Lakers jersey, im a fan, if he would leave id immediately turn on him. Lakers first BABY!!!!

  • lebrongay

    Maybe this crap is posted because there isn’t a lakers game intill Tuesday and we need some entertainment?

    • 09champs!

      hahaha probably LOL
      the article is stupid, no way that if Phil leaves, Kobe is leaving also. He is not the same KB from 07, you´re talking about a grown man who has matured a lot.

      And BTW, Phil said that if Lakers win championship this year, he´s staying. I got news for you, HE´S STAYING.

  • http://57.amklac Charles Barkley

    while kobes been vacationing heard he got a addadicktomy,if he could just get that teste replaced!!golakers

  • lakeb

    what a cock knocker this guy is

  • LkrsFanToNgtive

    Kobe Leaving LA I dont think So Keep Dreaming NY

  • http://57.amklac Charles Barkley

    NY wants to be witness, rats not welcome.

    • oh

      You mean “winless”?

    • Marwan Marzina

      Oh so LeBron’s not welcome in New York? Oh well, theres always New Jersey LeBron.

  • Jake

    Poor New york. They’re longing for even the slightest possibilities. They have T-Mac now, that has to count for something, right? Oh wait, it’s not 5 years ago. *Sigh* for NY.

  • 242LakerFan

    These are the delusional ramblings of a long-suffering Knicks fan. They’re totally in Championship withdrawal and it’s making them a little bit mentally detached.
    Kobe goes nowhere. Especially if…I mean when the Lakers repeat. In that case, Phil likely comes back for one more run, his fourth 3peat. Why would Kobe leave that situation?
    But what if Phil decides not to come back? Well, does anyone wonder why no one signed Byron Scott? A coach with a good record, who took the Nets to two Championship Series and built a pretty good Hornets team?
    If Phil doesn’t re-up it’ll be because he doesn’t think he could take it physically. It’s not like with the Bulls at all, when Phil (as he proved) had several years left in him. If he bows out and someone like B Scott moves in, Kobe would be a fool to leave a championship calibre team and a championship calibre coach to go to NY and share a team with another diva who needs to be The Guy. He did that already, remember?
    As for this article, it is an entertaining bit of fantasy at best. Thanks for keeping things interesting on this ridiculous four day break, Chris.

    • LGM10

      why r u people so sure the lakers will repeat?? It’s nice to be confident but don’t be ignorant. Theres 2, maybe 3 teams that we shouldn’t overlook and have a chance at winning it all. There’s a team in denver that was an ariza inbounds pass from tipping a series in their favor last year and who has beat us (easily) twice already. The road to repeat isn’t a cake walk people….

      • 242LakerFan

        It’s called being a fan. It’s called having confidence in your team. People who sit back, wait and see what happens before they start cheering are not, by definition, fans. Those are loosely affiliated bandwagon riders.
        Look up the definition and etymology of the word fan, as applied to sports, etc. You may then realize that you do not qualify to call yourself such.
        Being realistic is fine after you lose. Until then, we fans live in a world where our team is the next NBA Champion!
        It’s hard to get fired up while saying, “Go Lakers, maybe! Let’s win another one, if those other guys let us! We can do it, if the fates are kind to us!”
        And as for ignorant, sentences begin with capital letters; Lakers should be capitalized; You meant “There’s” not “Theres” and even then it should be “There are”; Denver and Ariza are proper nouns; it should be “which” has beaten us twice (as did Orlando last year, as I recall); and one full stop is quite sufficient to end a sentence, thank you.

      • Laker101

        I think you missed the point, he said especially IF we repeat. Its not a cakewalk but is there a reason that we as fans cant be confident in our team? Or should we be walking around pouting crying whoa is me and saying how the big bad denver nuggets are gonna win so the team might as well not try…thats just retarded LGM10

  • http://57.amklac Charles Barkley

    so did kobe finish his vacation?some warrior?

    • 242LakerFan

      Yes, he is some warrior. He plays with injuries and rarely misses significant amounts of games.
      Of course, he is nothing compared to you, right? How long now have you been functioning without a working brain? Now that’s impressive.

  • Sean All Ivy

    Knicks fans must be so desperate. Why would Kobe leave? Every other big name superstar that is a FA this summer is trying to obtain what Kobe has… a team that doesn’t need to be carried.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Green Flannel

    Honestly, Kobe does look good in that color. Although, he looks the best in purple and gold.

    • 242LakerFan

      The summer Jordan left the Bulls, I Photoshopped Jordan into a Laker Jersey and posted it on a co-worker’s wall with a fake sports mag article. He was a HUGE Laker fan and he nearly died before I let him off my hook.
      The point is, Kobe in anyone else’s uni would be that team’s fans’ wet dream.
      But he’s a Laker and there will be an extension that will lock him up till he retires or, more likely, collapses on the court, completely spent, after Chip #7 or #8 and finally collecting his props as the GOAT!

      • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Green Flannel

        …lol that is so true but we Laker fans already know he is the GOAT but it is time for the others to accept the fact that he is or parish as a hater.