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.
O.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.”