O.C. Register: Reading between the lines and the rhetoric and the speculation around the NBA, it now seems to be a matter of when, not if, Kobe Bryant will be traded.
There he was Tuesday night, in Lakers purple and gold, revving up the Honda Center crowd during an exhibition game against the Utah Jazz. As always, “Ko-BE! Ko-BE! Ko-BE!” was the most popular player in the building.
But will Bryant be wearing the same uniform when the Lakers open the 2007-08 regular season next week? A report in one New York tabloid Tuesday said not to bet on that one, “even if L.A. must accept an inequitable return” because “that’s how repugnant he supposedly has become to the owner’s senses.”
Ouch. Is Jerry Buss that angry at the Kobester?