Ok, I sense panic in Laker Nation, panic that needs to have some kind of answer, a sense of relaxation for those who are tense, confused, and at a loss for words. Let’s be honest for a second, losing Kobe Bryant would be catastrophic to the Laker franchise regardless of who they got in return. I think recent media reports have been blown out of proportion and we as Laker nation should be very skeptical as well as cautious before we go off on one report and start discussing the worse-case scenarios.
I will start with the Sunday article wrote on ESPN, reporting Kobe’s “TRUTH” statements as if it was some unbelievable new news. Newspapers as well as ESPN, quoted the TRUTH statement like it was just written on Sunday. I will make this as clear as I can make it, Kobe Bryant made those remarks after his trade demands at the end of May, where he went on a media frenzy and asked for a trade, backed off it, and then jumped back on the demand again. Why it is still very relevant and reports say the administrator at KB24.com is under strict guidelines to continue to repost the TRUTH statement, that statement was viewed as if it was brand new. What really happened is the media was salivating for some kind of Kobe Bryant update after the talks in Spain with Buss, and they jumped at an opportunity to persuade the non-Laker follower that Kobe is leaving and his demands are now stronger than ever.
Kobe’s stance has been the same since May 30th, as I am currently writing this article, ESPN’s “NBA Rumor Central” has posted that Kobe’s “New words are old”, from the Kobe Bryant website. This is something all avid Laker followers knew, but since the Associate Press reported it, every news outlet believed it was new, raw, juicy material. The fact of the matter is if you visit KB24.com regularly, you would have noticed that the last TRUTH post has been “refreshed”, or in other words the original date was erased and a new date has been attached to the same message. I can tell you that it was initially posted on May 30 th, reposted on June 7th and also reposted on June 17th, and that is from personal experience.
I feel it is also necessary to give some thought to this “Kobe Video”, in which he reportedly is captured by a digital camera saying ” “Ship his [rear end] out.” Referring to Lakers Center Andrew Bynum, “We’re talking Jason Kidd,” said Bryant. “They didn’t want to do that? That’s why we’re in this [messed up] position.” This all according to HoopsWorld.com. My response to that is, Kobe Bryant is a human being, Kobe Bryant gets mad, Kobe Bryant makes mistakes, and even our beloved Kobe Bryant will say politically-incorrect things from time to time. I remember myself and countless other Laker fans along with respected journalist saying the SAME thing. Maybe not in those exact words, but very similar. This video isn’t as unbelievable or raw to me, I have come to realize that our heroes and idols have opinions too. The Kidd, Odom, Bryant trio would of looked pretty good to me, maybe not in a 5 year plan, but did the spurs turn Robert Horry down because he is too old, or Brent Barry, Michael Finley? No, even know those guys at the point of signing only had a good 3-4 good years left in them that didn’t stop the NBA champs from signing them. So this “video” and there makers who are shopping it around, here is a bit of advice to you, the remarks aren’t anything special and if we were all in Kobe Bryant’s situation we would feel the EXACT same way. We might go about it in a different way, we might make sure digital cameras are turned off. But we would feel the same way.
To the users and die hard laker fans, I want to provide a sense of calming. A week ago the comments were all about upgrading the Lakers with Kobe still on it of course. Now people are saying, “Well if we get Deng and Gordon I think we can really be something”, oh please just save it. I think Kobe Bryant for whoever scenarios at this point is not only un-productive but as pointless as answering the question…”If you were stranded on a island and could only bring 3 things what would you bring?”
OF COURSE Kobe still is saying he wants to be traded, my goal is to make it known that his stance is no different from 2 weeks ago. Also, why would his stance change? No moves have been made as of yet, nothing to show Kobe that the Lakers are going to improve this team. So yeah as a diehard Laker and Kobe fan, if this roster stays the same in the next month, I will back Kobe, as I question the front office I once thought was all about winning. However, you have to agree that if Kobe wakes up one morning and sees that JO has been acquired without having to give up Odom, and maybe later on Marion or an Artest is picked up. There’s no doubt that Kobe would stay in the purple and gold.
This situation is kind of like a 2 year old that is crying uncontrollably. But, once you buy him that big candy bar, the tears stop falling and the smile starts to stretch from ear to ear. So Buss, do us all a favor and go get Kobe that big candy bar!