Interesting article on the Kobe trade possibility. Sure it may be played our or old by now, but this is a new article none the less…
OC Register.com: Kobe Bryant likes his teammates, loves his coach and thinks the vastly improved Lakers are one tough but makeable step away from joining the NBA’s elite.
Is that enough to draw an assumption that Bryant no longer wants to be traded?
Not given his still chilly relations with Lakers owner Jerry Buss, General Manager Mitch Kupchak and certain others in the organization — and not given what Bryant was saying Saturday.
“It’s all what Mitch wants to do, really,” Bryant said. “Mitch and Dr. Buss. It’s all on them. They can either trade me or not trade me. It’s completely their decision. Since the season started, I don’t get into it, I don’t talk about it, I don’t discuss it, I don’t think about it.”
The Lakers started this four-city trip in Chicago, which Bryant confirmed Tuesday was “on his list … with a bullet” during trade talks just before the regular season started. After practice Saturday at an Upper East Side health club, Bryant acknowledged interest in playing in New York.
He revealed the Knicks, Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns were the teams on his list of preferred destinations when he plotted it out during the offseason. And Bryant didn’t exactly shut down speculation on being traded from the Lakers now when he said: “If a Martian came to me and said, ‘You can go to Mars tomorrow’ … I probably wouldn’t entertain it. Mars is a little too far.”