L.A. Times: This time the Kobester didn’t pass on best regards to Fred and Tracy, or poke me in the ribs like we were buddies again.

Every time I mentioned the Lakers, he groaned, so we know he’s no different than most Lakers fans these days.

But does he still want to be a Laker? Will he still be a Laker?

He started it. He raised the issue earlier this summer, the big baby throwing quite the tantrum and letting everyone know how unhappy he was with teammates and front office executives — calling Jerry Buss an idiot.

The last time we chatted, the USA basketball team had gathered here for workouts. Maybe he got a nap, or his tummy was full, but whatever the reason, the big baby handled questions about the issues that he had raised earlier with poise and charm.

Some suggested that he was just trying to work on his image given the number of national reporters on hand last month.

Continue reading ‘Simers: Kobe’s not the answer man’

  • Michael_23

    Does that mean you will be at training camp?”

    “I have no reason not to be,” he said, and now there’s news. “Your guy, [ESPN’s] Ric Bucher, says you will never play in a Lakers uniform again.”

    ………………………………………………………..

    Don’t worry Laker fans, Kobe will be here.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Can you guys do a favor for me please? Can someone please post the second part of the interview? I can’t read it because I,m not a member at LAtimes.com. PLEASE, PLEASE someone help a brotha’ out!!!!!!!!!

  • kb24 4life
  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    I can’t log on. Can you please log on and post the second page for me please?

  • Faith

    TJ Simers is a tool.

  • double

    Here’s the rest of the article…

    When it came time for Wednesday’s session, most of the media not arriving until next week’s games begin, it was only me and the Kobester. And he moaned. Here I am, taking valuable time away from the Choking Dogs, who need all the help they can get, and not for one second did he show his appreciation.

    “So, what do you think of the Garnett deal?” I began.

    “As far as what?” he snipped.

    “Are you disappointed the Lakers couldn’t make something happen?”

    “I don’t have a reaction either way,” he said. “I don’t think about it too much.”

    “You don’t think about the Lakers, and what they could or could not do to improve after everything you had to say?”

    “Why should I?”

    This was not the same guy I had met a few weeks ago. I don’t know, maybe he was uptight because he was one of three players picked to take a drug test. He was clearly on edge and I hadn’t even mentioned Mitch Kupchak’s name yet.

    I had called the Lakers’ publicity department to ask about Kupchak’s availability, but was put on hold where I had to listen to Smush Parker highlights. And the Kobester thinks he has it rough.

    I hung up, the Lakers called back, and I was told Kupchak was on vacation until the 24th. I’m not surprised he left town after what he told the Daily News recently. “If this was the team that we started the season off with, I’d be fine with it. I feel that we’re an improved team over last year.”

    I read those comments to the Kobester and said, “So what do you say?”

    “Talk to Mitch about it, man,” he said, obviously forgetting my first name. “If that’s what he feels, that’s what he feels.”

    He had a point there because it’s hard to argue with the fact “if that’s what Mitch feels, that’s what Mitch feels,” but I asked for the Kobester’s opinion.

    “I don’t have one,” he said, growing very irritated, and maybe he was in a hurry to get back to the topless pool where he was spotted the last time he was in town, but if that was the case, I’d have driven him there.

    “You’re telling me, the Lakers aren’t on your mind?”

    “Write what you want to write, man,” he said, and I get permission like that, and I might start writing rumors like the one on the Internet recently that mentioned something about a divorce.

    “You made your future with the Lakers an issue, and don’t you think you have left Lakers fans hanging?”

    He rolled his eyes, and OK, so maybe neither one of us cares what Lakers fans think, but I’m surprised he’d admit it.

    “I’m not making it an issue any more,” he said.

    “Does that mean you will be at training camp?”

    “I have no reason not to be,” he said, and now there’s news. “Your guy, [ESPN’s] Ric Bucher, says you will never play in a Lakers uniform again.”

    “You know what, man, we’ll see what happens.”

    BASED ON our last meeting, I thought we might carpool to Staples this year, or maybe catch a Beckham match together. But now he seemed so unhappy.

    “Maybe I just don’t like seeing you here,” he said, while walking away so he might talk to some nice reporters.

    “When’s the last time you practiced in a high school gym?” one reporter wanted to know.

    “Kobe, talk about the sacrifice you guys are making to play for this team,” said another — after someone else asked what he wanted for his birthday next week.

    I hated to interrupt, but when he mentioned he liked playing with Jason Kidd and LeBron James, I asked if he wanted to play with Jermaine O’Neal.

    “Oh man, this guy right here is something special,” the Kobester told the other reporters while walking away again, and I don’t think he meant special like I mean special.

    I’ve had experience dealing with Mike Garrett, though, so I can hang pretty good with someone who likes to walk away when they can’t be bothered, so just in case it was the name “O’Neal” that had turned him sour, I gave him the Jermaine question one more time.

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen [with O’Neal],” he said. “I don’t know. I hear what’s going on, but I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”

    I could see the mistake I was making; I wasn’t asking the right question the way Jimmy Kimmel did last week, the Kobester coming clean and admitting he liked Harry Potter and vacuuming.

    “You’re the only one who is asking about the Lakers,” the Kobester said. “Let it go.”

    “I don’t understand why you just don’t clear the air — especially after the mixed messages you sent earlier.”

    “Mitch and them know what’s going on,” the Kobester said. “Go knock down his door. He knows what’s going on.”

    “I take it our love affair is already over.”

    “Love affair?” the Kobester huffed.

    By this time most of the USA basketball players had left the gym, the Kobester left behind because he had to take his drug test.

    I wished him good luck, and really meant it. No reason to make this story any more complicated than it already is.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    Thanks double, good lookin’ out.

  • BEC

    Why is Mitch on vacation till the 24th? He needs to get back to work and get something done. With the huge holes we still have on this team, taking a vacation is the last thing the FO needs to do.

  • keep24

    Kobe,

    Here’s what you have to do if you want to get a little love and respect from the rejects at LA TIMES:

    1. Take the entire summer off. DON’T get in shape. In fact, try to gain an extra 25 pounds.

    2. DO NOT TALK ABOUT IMPROVING YOUR TEAM. Instead, talk about 24 inch rims. And undeserved contract extensions that will really kill the organization for years to come.

    3. BE MORE MEDIA SAVVY. Make up stupid nicknames for yourself. Try these: Superman, The Big Aristotle, The Diesel, Man of Steel, The Showman of All Men.

    Wait, on second thought, all those nicknames are taken.

    Well, you get the idea. Be more like SHAQ!

    After all, he never did anyhting to hurt the team or the front office. Did he?

    Well, there was that whole incident with “I got hurt on company time so I’ll have surgery and recover during company time.” But that’s it – well, there was that whole “show me the money, show me the money” that he throw at Dr. Buss but that’s it.

    And look at where you went wrong Kobe, losing all that wait so can be lighter on your feet and play better defense. And, to make things worse, you got in shape during the summer, which is the time you should be spending talking about 24 inch rims and you know, personal stuff.

    Don’t you know that no one can respect a hard working man who just wants to win.

    You need to be perfect, like Shaq was. That way the LA TIMES will write good things about you and over look the little things like never being in shape and only playing hard during the playoff.

    Instead of working on your game try to come up with funny nicknames and catch phrases. The reporters love that s#%t!!!!!!!

    They will eat it up. Like they did with Shaq, even if it’s right out of your a$$!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Don’t leave us Kobe.

  • 24allup inya

    I think that this whole drama of Kobe asking to be traded was and is still being instigated by that jerk Ric Bucher, I dont like the fact that he kept trying to set the record straight when he kept asking Kobe if he wanted to be traded.Then he went on to say that Kobe has played his last game in a Laker uniform.I realy hate this caracter i think he is just a Kobe hater somebody needs to shut him up he’s only instigating more drama to make ratings/headlines.

  • cyrus

    T.J Simmers is the master of irony and deception. On top of that, he’s a low-life. TJ Simers’s knowledge about the game of basketball is very limited and he’s hiding his low IQ under his stupid ironic articles. Los Angeles times must be really desperate to have morons like Simres or Plaschke on payroll; garbage, sensationalist, dull-minded writers. Waste of paper and waste of time.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    TJ Simers. At some point I just stopped caring for anything he has to say.

  • Faith

    You and me both hZm…until of course people just make me pay attention lol.

  • foxxy

    LEAVE THE KOBSTER ALONE…ENOUGH WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS ASS*&^%$!!!!! HE WILL LET THE WORLD KNOW WHERE HE STANDS WITH THE LAKER ORG IN DUE TIME…HE IS FOCUSED RIGHT NOW ON TEAM USA….WINNING A SPOT ON THE OLYMPIC TEAM IN 2008!!!!BRINGING HOME THE GOLD!!!!! LET IT GO SIMERS…U R A JERK!!!!

  • nyla

    He groaned every time there was a Lakers question cause he’s tired of you, Simers!!!

  • kobe24mvp

    [quote comment=”12013″]T.J Simmers is the master of irony and deception. On top of that, he’s a low-life. TJ Simers’s knowledge about the game of basketball is very limited and he’s hiding his low IQ under his stupid ironic articles. Los Angeles times must be really desperate to have morons like Simres or Plaschke on payroll; garbage, sensationalist, dull-minded writers. Waste of paper and waste of time.[/quote]
    [quote comment=”12017″]TJ Simers. At some point I just stopped caring for anything he has to say.[/quote]
    yo guys are both right T.J. simmers is just a creepy lookin hater.he needs to get off of kbe and go do his job with his daughter on his crappy moring sho and stfu abut the lakers he is up there with bucher .cyrus your right he has no knoladge of b-ball he probly know more pedafile sits than rules of basket ball.BACK THE you know what off you creepy ol man.GO LAKERS !!!! BRING JO!!!p.s. if a deal does get done b4 mitch comes back that will show us something lol!

  • Rpoc