Forty-four rookies participated in the survey from NBA.com and the majority of them want a piece of Kobe. Bring it, I say.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Of course Kobe Bryant is the best.

  • Lakers 24 7

    prepare to get posterized rooks, dont worry yall, every rookie will get a chance to get shiittted on

  • MambaKB24

    haha next to KG it still says he plays for the t-wolves

  • lakerfan81

    heres is an interesting article. It should be posted. I will copy a few exerts and the link here.

    “Indiana’s given me the opportunity to establish myself as a really good player in this league,” O’Neal said at the LA Stars charity event in Los Angeles on Sunday. “But if they’re into rebuilding and going young, I’m just not in a position physically to go through another five or six years taking a lot of losses.”

    “If I was going to be traded from Indiana, LA (Lakers) and New Jersey would be my top two teams,” he added.

    People consider my last two years being down years, but physically I was hurt,” O’Neal said. “I went out and addressed the things I needed to take care of – my meniscus, I’ve played on for two years – I’m 100% right now. I really want to kind of get the opportunity to really rejuvenate myself. At 28, I’m going into my prime, the game is really slowing down for me and I understand it a lot more, so I’m ready to go out and show people what I really can do.”

    “I think Kobe’s in a position right now where he understands that he needs some help to get to the level he wants to be at,” O’Neal said. “I think he’s the NBA’s and the world’s best player, you know, but no player can do it by himself. He has a nice group around him, but he needs somebody else that can give him some support.”

    “I understand exactly what he’s saying,” O’Neal added about Bryant. “Everybody handles their situation differently, and he handled the situation best that he thought he could handle it. But all in all, I understand exactly what he’s saying – he wants to put out a team that can win. That’s pretty much what I told my team: if we’re in a rebuilding stage, then maybe it’s my time to move on.”

    And have O’Neal and Bryant discussed with each other the possibility of O’Neal being that support for Bryant? “We’ve spoken a couple times this summer about things in general – about life, about basketball – so he understands where my heart is and what my desires are,” O’Neal said. “He understands that I really want to get back on the court and really prove to some naysayers, especially since my team had a down year. Obviously the best player on the team is going to get all the blame. I really worked out hard this summer and I’m ready to go. If I’m here, I’m going to do my best to get this team to a championship.”

    “It’s been a long relationship that we’ve had and we’ve talked briefly about maybe playing together,” he added, “but obviously until the business side of things gets done, it’s all talk.”

    Looks like he wants out and wants to play with Kobe. If he forces the Issue than maybe he will end up in LA. The Nets could do get him too though.

    Heres the Link:

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/article_22961.shtml

  • Neo-Laker Era

    what strong words from JO. now im reaaaally warming up to him lol. ive always thought he would be a great addition for us.

    “I think he’s the NBA’s and the world’s best player…”

    Nuff said

  • D. Imhoff

    Mitch, Jim, and JERRY are you guys listening to JO!!!! It’s time to make the move!!!

  • MambaKB24

    props to lakerfan81, nice find

  • mj2kb

    i dont think so much the rooks want to play against him, but to be on the same court as him, who is the best player today of course

  • EastCoastJessie

    It’s just like rookies to be this cockie but youjust wait… they’ll all get posterizd this season.

  • EastCoastJessie

    Geez, I didn’t use profanity…let me re-phrase that.

    It’s just like rookies to be this “confident” but you just wait… they’ll all get posterizd this season.

    Is that better GG staff?