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 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.”

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  • k0be da 1 andonly

    IF its up to LAKERS , then they damn better not trade his ass

  • JoJo

    Sounds like he still wants out! Why else would he be playing coy?The question is what happened that made him want out of LA so bad? Someone must have really set him off. Really I don’t think anything has changed. He still wants to be traded because I think back to what PJ said that there is still another chapter. He knows the Lakers don’t have what it takes to advance. Yeah big deal they are having a nice reg. They can’t win shit with this team. He knows that. But I don’t even think it’s about winning as it is about just wanting to leave the Lakers. I wonder if he’s playing cool to the media but is telling his agent to force the trade around the deadline. Lakers just need to cut their ties with Kobe. This is getting old. It’s clear as day he wants out or he would just say he doesn’t wana be traded. He doesn’t seem to fit with this team anyways seeing as they all seems to mesh and Kobe wants to go one on one all day forcing really bad fade aways.

  • ab4sure

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    Kobe is trying to turn this back on the FO. He would rather not get these questions when they travel. If he rescinded his trade demand then the question of him being traded would die out.

    Kobe has a no trade clause so Buss and Mitch can’t trade him. If they try to trade him, kobe can just say no. He can stay for the next four years or he can opt out in two. Mitch has already said they want to keep him. So really it is up to Kobe.

  • gugy

    I agree that’s up to Kobe to decide his future.
    What piss me off is the fact Jerry Buss and the rest of FO have not mend fences with Kobe yet. It feels that way.
    Jerry needs to wake up and see that the Lakers need Kobe desperately for the next 4 to 5 years. Bynum might become the next Shaq, but still a gamble. Kobe is here, let’s bring one or two pieces that can make this team a contender next season. We are close of that because the team improved so much.
    Let’s see what happens.

  • Ignard

    Geez i’m sick of this topic.

  • keep24

    If they get passed second or third round this year, and sign a few key pieces next year, than it’s a good possibility that he’ll stay. If not, he opts out and leaves.

    If he does opt out, I hope the Lakers let him walk away. I much rather have $20+ mil available for one or two other pieces than get back garbage in any trade for him.

    We will never get back enough in return.

    That would be a dark day in Lakerland!

  • ricky

    plain and simple, kobe just wants to win another championship. it really doesnt matter where he plays, as long as he can hoist the championship trophy over his head again, he will be happy.

    in the last few games, lamar has been amazing, averaging double-doubles each game and he seems to be more aggressive offensively now. i think odom is definitely the key piece the lakers need to have healthy and be consistent for them to be a threat because he can cause mismatches for every team. along with bynum developing into a legit double-double threat in the post, the lakers have a good chance of progressing into the latter stages of the playoffs. the importance of derek fisher cannot be ignored either, he brings so much confidence, experience, and leadership to this team. the lakers are doing so well due to the fact that fisher has come back to help stabilize the backcourt and brought consistency and defense to the team. i seriously believe that the lakers are just one player short of being a legit contender in the west.

    who that one player is, i dont know. the trades are up to management and i hope they can bring someone in that can give us help and take us to the next level.

    by the way, andrew bynum is a beast!! last game 24 pts, 11 rebs, 3 asts, 1 blk…awesome!

  • Flush Odumb

    After we lose in the first round again, I hope the Lakers unload their inconsistent baggage including Kwame, Sasha, Luke & Lame-ar.

  • 4 20

    Kobe ofcourse doesnt want to be traded anymore,why woulh he if he goes to chicago half of the bulls roster would be required for him,knicks there is nobody close to being offered, Mavericks maybe a nowitzki straight up for him would be good but he would be in the same situation, while for thw suns it would be good but i dont think the phoenix would try getting the end kobe staying in la is the best result, bynum is turning out 2 be a superstar,odom is playing some good ball,fisher is consistent, and the bench r solid in a year or 2 (maybe this year)we will be contenders

  • Rpoc

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    I’m always entertained when I read a jojo post.

  • MILO

    where are you??? i think it’s safe to say that yes the most hardest game for the Lakers was Cleveland and i hate to say i told you so but id did.You stupid ass childish mutha-fu-ck-er.If they would have gone to OT i think they would have had them.Way to go Lakers give me the perfect xmas gift and kill the Sun’s……

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    MILO – What the hell are you talking about? You told me what? I can already tell you, you didn’t tell me sh*t because the fact of the matter after your comments, you don’t know sh*t, so I know you couldn’t have been right about anything.

    Now listen son, if you have something to say, say it to me directly!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    With regards to Kobe being traded or not, the decision on him leaving the Lakers is KOBE’S. Mitch and the front office said weeks ago that they weren’t trading Kobe, so I don’t know why this article is such a big deal. Kobe has the power in his contract. He can opt out after next year or not. It’s his decision, not the Lakers.

  • MILO

    Dec 21st, 2007 at 4:49 pm
    LakersFirst on December 21, 2007 at 4:07 pm said:

    daboss1848 on December 21, 2007 at 2:30 pm said:

    Not to mention drawing up plays – for last second heroics, defensive stops, or standard out-of-bounds.

    The coach can call timeouts all he wants and set up plays all he wants, it is up to the players to execute and the perfection of execution is done at practice and then applied to a game. I’m sure the Lakers have plays that they run at practice over and over and over again, but the Laker players need to apply it to the actual game. If they can’t do it, then the players are to blame, not the coach.

    And who’s the jacka** that doesn’t understand why the Lakers went for three in the end. I’ll talk to you in the childlike manner that you’re used

    – on road, no over time

    – Why, game next night and we have to fly to that game

    – Overtime means long night, not much rest

    – Equals tired players

    – which means tough game the next night

    – tough to win


    Well i think you might want to check the schedule the important and hardest game for us on this trip was Cleveland.They face Philadelphia today (not sure but they’re 9-15) wich is a team that the Lakers should beat easily.The Lakers had that game, one overtime would have not made much of a difference.So you’re philosophy is the one thats childish understand???????? ha ha ha lol

  • MILO

    i guess you didn’t read this then, but there it is again

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    First off, nowhere in my comment did I ever say Cleveland was not the hardest game on the trip. Everybody knows that the two hardest games on the trip were Chicago and Cleveland, so to say “you told me so” is more BS that comes out of your mouth.

    Secondly, if my philosophy of going for the win as opposed to winning the game with a 3 is childish, then I guess all of the coaches in the NBA are childish, you idiot. On the road, all coaches who down by 2 points with the game on the line will go for the 3 to win the game. Again, the reason why is because they don’t want to tire out their players, especially on a road trip and especially when you have a game in another city the next night. Even though a 5 minute overtime may not sound like much, a 5 minute overtime really means you’ll be on the court perhaps another half hour, with timeouts, TV timeouts, etc. Also, notice that the Lakers did not have a convincing win over Philly (the game was still in doubt with six minutes left in the 4th), probably because the Lakers were tired. If the Lakers had gone to overtime with Cleveland, I don’t know if the Lakers could’ve pulled out the Philly win.

    Lastly, I find it funny that you understand my childlike speak to you (I guess that’s the only way to communicate with you). I’ll do it again.

    – You, not good coach
    – You, don’t think

  • MILO

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    You continue to ignore the fact that the next 2 teams are sorry ass teams that the Lakers should beat AND DID BEAT easily.DONT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ARE YOU RETARDED???And you’re last comment
    “Secondly, if my philosophy of going for the win as opposed to winning the game with a 3 is childish” is retarded at it’s worst.I think you meant to say if my philosophy of going for the win as opposed to GOING FOR THE TIE witch is what i said the Lakers should have done.Now! seeing that you dont even make sense in you’re comments i think it’s not even worth it trying to proove my point to you because you’re just too retarded to understand.GO BACK TO THE ARCHIVES AND READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY AND WRITE COMMENTS THAT MAKE SENSE YOU FU-CK-EN DOWN SYNDROME RETARD

  • LakersFirst

    MILO – Again I am going to talk to you like the F’N child that you are:

    1. The Lakers did not easily beat Philly (the game was in doubt with about 4 minutes left to go in the game) nor did they easily beat NY (if you call blowing a 26 point lead in NY easy, then you’re dumber than what I gave you credit for).

    2. What I meant was the if my philosophy of going for the win with a 3 pointer, as opposed to settling for the 2 pointer and hoping to win in OT, (when all the momentum was in Cleveland’s favor), is childish, then all of the coaches in the NBA must be childish because on the ROAD, when you are down by two, the last thing you want to do is go to OT. When on the road and down by two, all NBA coaches will draw up a play to go for the win with a 3 pointer because they DO NOT WANT TO GO TO OverTime (at home its fine to go to OT because you have the crowd on your side to give you momentum), but becuase you are probably the second stupidest person on this site (second only to phantom) you don’t understand and I don’t have the time to train the childlike mind that you have simply strategy.

    3. MILO – you are no doubt an f’d idiot that I wish nothing but misfortune upon because of your pure stupidity. I wish you a merry xmas you waste of human life (god couldn’t your dad have least have the human decency to spare the world your life and f’d your mother with a condom).

  • MILO

    umm umm what i meant to say was…man cut it out retard!The fact of the matter is that i took it upon my self to take on this argument with you considering that you’re sarcastic comments were intended for Daboss.Now my philosophy on why the Lakers should have gone for the tie and then for the win still stands backed up by 2 w’s for the Lakers after that loss to Cleveland.WHAT YOU NEED TO GET THROUGH YOU’RE THICK AND HOLLOW SKULL YOU DOWN SYNDROME/RETARD IS THAT THESE ARE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE’S WHOM ARE TRAINED TO ENDURE A LONG AND TOUGH 82 GAME SEASON.THERE FOR 1 O-T IS NOT GOING TO AFFECT THEM IN ANY WAY, WEATHER A BACK TO BACK OR NOT.AND SEEING THAT YOU ARE JUST A STUBBORN RETARD IM DONE ARGUING WITH YOU HAVE A MERRY X-MAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR B!TCH

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    MILO – For some dumb reason you think that the Lakers easily cruised through Philly and NY but they obviously didn’t. Yes they won their games but not in a convincing manner like they should have (if you call blowing a 25 point lead in NY convicing, wake up and smell the coffee).

    My point, which you have completely failed to understand, is as follows, coaches in the NBA do NOT want to go to overtime on the road. And yes I understand that they are athletes that endure a long 82 game season, so why make it worse and make them play an overtime (which may lead to another overtime and possibly injuries), when they have to fly 2 to 3 hours to another city to play another game 24 hours later, even if it is against a crappy team because any team in the NBA can beat another team on any given night, so why give that crappy team any advantage.

    MILO and Stitch (really from the movie Lilo and Stitch), I am now crowning you your new name:

    MILO the B*tch (in the future please only respond to that name and nothing else).

  • santi

    LakersFirst, i dont usually post much here but im gonna have to agree with milo on this one

  • 24allup inya

    Milo and Lakersfirst what a way to spread the holiday spirit anyway i also second Milo on this one this is too funny lol

  • MILO

    Santi and 24,
    you guy’s just made my day it’s really good to see that at least other people here have some common sense.24 i agree it’s x-mas and there is a better way to spend it then to be arguing with a retard.This is the second best gift for me and only second to the the Lakers to beating the Suns tomorrow.GO LAKERS!!!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    Milo the b*tch