OC Register: Lakers forward Luke Walton views Kobe Bryant’s recent outbursts about possibly wanting to be traded as temporary products of his frustration with losing.”We all want to win,” Walton said Wednesday. “Hopefully it’s going to work itself out. It’s over now. We just want it to pass and go on with our lives.”
Walton was speaking on an ABC conference call with his father, Bill, and reporters during the NBA Finals in advance of Father’s Day.
“He probably said some things that he later regretted and later he actually took back,” Luke Walton said of Bryant. “But ultimately, Kobe wants to win. He’s used to winning, and he wants to win again.”
Walton, Bryant’s teammate since 2003, is a free agent, though he hopes to return to the Lakers.
Walton’s father was not nearly as understanding toward Bryant, criticizing him for “an attention-grabbing stunt” during the conference finals. Bill Walton, an ESPN analyst, said one could “imagine how mad” Bryant is now that LeBron James is getting “deserved” attention during the NBA Finals.