Jerry Buss’ comments about trading Kobe Bryant caused some fireworks, but the Lakers so far aren’t taking their eyes off the ball to watch them.

busstalk.jpgO.C. Register: The Lakers packed their basketballs and their macadamia nuts and headed home Friday after 11 days of training camp in Hawaii … just in time to find the mainland newly abuzz with Kobe Bryant trade chatter.

In Honolulu for one more day after Lakers owner Jerry Buss revealed past and possibly future willingness to trade Bryant, the Lakers remained largely in island seclusion.

“I doubt even half the guys saw the story,” guard Derek Fisher said late Thursday night.

Lamar Odom hadn’t, but he got briefed by a reporter — then did his best to state politically correct support for teammate Bryant and the organization that employs them. The Lakers have been trying to focus on Bryant’s body resting among them now — not how his mind wandered before.

Just before the Lakers gathered to board their charter jet to Hawaii, Luke Walton had said of Bryant’s status: “I’m 99 percent positive that by the end of training camp nobody — at least on our team — is going to be talking about this.”

When queried about the remaining 1 percent possibility of drama, Walton cracked a big grin and said: “Well, you never know. This is L.A.”

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  • Tony

    sigh……..again

  • steve

    If anyone gets a chance check out the article at hoopsworld…little doubt buss is still running the show

  • keep24

    trading Shaq was not the worst decision the Lakers made. He was getting old, slow, fat – and more importantly too expensive. Let’s ask the Heat about how that trade worked out.

    And please, I don’t want to hear about that championship. He did not earn that ring, Dallas just handed it over.

    Losing KB, now that’s another story, he is in his prime, by far the best player in the league, and worth every penny.

    Dr. Buss needs to have chat with Jerry Krause and company. Mj had two more rings in him. Look at what happened to Chicago. KB and MJ are rare finds – when you find them you have to do whatever you can to keep them.

    It’s time to go “all in” Dr. Buss!

  • MILO

    He’s just become some old horny viagra driven drunk.I think we lost Buss a long time ago, now that Jim has come into the picture we are loosing Kobe!!!

  • gugy

    we will find out about Kobe’s future soon upon PJ decision to stay or go. Neither one will stay with the Lakers without the presence of the other.
    So very soon we will know.

  • steve

    Gugy…In that article the writer said that phill may still sign even if kobe is traded…How much of that is true im not sure but lets say that kobe was traded to the bulls for deng and one of the other three stars surely he would have to consider it..remember our coach also once said that this guy was uncoachable…I think that it depends on what they get in return

  • steve

    Something else that seems interesting..does the fact that the bulls have not extented gordon have anything to do with our situation with kobe?..just a thought

  • BEC

    [quote comment="14562"]Something else that seems interesting..does the fact that the bulls have not extented gordon have anything to do with our situation with kobe?..just a thought[/quote]

    It has nothing to do with Kobe. Gordons just asking for more money than the Bulls are willing to pay him.

  • BEC

    [quote comment="14553"]we will find out about Kobe’s future soon upon PJ decision to stay or go. Neither one will stay with the Lakers without the presence of the other.
    So very soon we will know.[/quote]

    I agree with that. If Phil leaves, Kobes definitely leaving, because for one Phil is the only guy in the entire Lakers organization that Kobe really trusts.

  • gugy

    PJ and Kobe need each other. If PJ leaves is because he knows Kobe will not stay beyond this season. Same applies for Kobe. It seems Kobe wants to leave no matter of what, so I would be surprised if PJ extends the contract.
    Unfortunately I have hard time expecting a glorious season to change Kobe’s mind. Even if the Lakers go to a second round, I do not think Kobe will stay. Only a trip to the finals might make a huge impact in his decision to leave. But seriously only a miracle would take this team there.
    Too sad. I love the Lakers and Kobe, but it seems that this partnership is coming to an end.
    Thank you Dr. Buss for letting this franchise go down the hill so badly.

  • foxxy

    [quote comment="14553"]we will find out about Kobe’s future soon upon PJ decision to stay or go. Neither one will stay with the Lakers without the presence of the other.
    So very soon we will know.[/quote]
    you are soooo right!!!

  • E

    yeah i absolutely agree about the phil kobe relation…they definitely need ea other…im not so sure what kobe wants right now…bcuz at one hand he doesnt deny any claims made however, he does go ahead and acknowledge the fact that he is looking forward to the season ahead with his teammates…i personally feel he’s trying to leave options for himself, bcuz after all, espn and press love to butcher him left and right based upon what he says…i just hope the lakers can turn it around soon

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  • MIke

    hey the lakers nation should do a fantasy league in Nba.com

  • steve

    Gugy and bec..good point about there relationship..if kobe left and phill stayed it would be a slap in the face for kobe..so maybe the reporter was just making something out of nothing..surprise surprise

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