Here is the latest rumor gather up from Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld. Doesn’t sound good; especially with the conflicting stories from the Post, ESPN etc… Guess this roller coaster is off the rails.
Hoopsworld: As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare for the season with Kobe Bryant, the trade speculation never seems to stop. Though some buzz remains that the Laker All-Star could be had at the right price – it would take a significant change of philosophy for a team like the Dallas Mavericks or Chicago Bulls to make a deal. In the meantime, Coach Phil Jackson has asked Bryant to be more of a facilitator offensively. While Bryant’s greatest strength is scoring, Jackson hopes the team can use its depth to provide a more balanced offensive attack. In asking Bryant to shoulder less of the burden offensively, the hope is he can be the defensive force he was on Team USA over the summer.
Unfortunately Bryant doesn’t seem to be on the same page. His effort as initiator has resulted in far too many turnovers. Perhaps it’s because the games don’t count but Bryant’s defensive effort hasn’t come close the intensity he showed in Las Vegas.
“I can’t do what I did this summer, just because I have to do so many other things on this team,” said Bryant to HOOPSWORLD over the weekend. “What happened this summer was just a different situation. On that team I didn’t have to think about scoring at all. My role was just to make the other guy’s life miserable. That was my job – I was like a specialist.”