HoopsHype: Back in the good old days, when he was remarkably mistake free, I used to marvel at Kobe Bryant. How could he be so young and make such good decisions?

I posed that question and he launched into an answer without hesitation: It’s not that you don’t make mistakes, he said. It’s just that you must be very careful, once you make a mistake, not to follow one bad decision with more bad decisions.

The secret, he said, was not to compound your problems.

Obviously, Bryant was quoting someone else’s wisdom, because once he began making those big nasty mistakes that tend to define your life, he began showing a particular talent for compounding them.

Well, it’s time for all that to stop, Tex Winter told me in a recentphone conversation.

It’s time for Bryant to realize that being a Los Angeles Laker is the best possible situation for him, time for him to stop pushing for a trade, offered Winter, who over the years has been a mentor to both Lakers coach Phil Jackson and to Bryant himself.

“He should just play basketball where he is,” Winter said. “Los Angeles is a good spot for Kobe.”

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  • r3dempti0n

    Hope he’s right. And if he is.. Kobe is staying with the Lakers. Are the darker days behind us?

  • lakerfan81

    This is off topic but here are the ESPN power rankings. I found what they said about LA kind of funny.

    “Odom is back and Kobe sure doesn’t look distracted, averaging 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists. But we probably should note that the schedule has been helpful early. Check it out from now to Thanksgiving.”

    Helpful early, Houston, Suns, Jazz, NO, were the first 4 games. Thats helpful! What team has had a tougher opening schedule. But they are right about one thing it only gets worst.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerranking?season=2008&week=2

  • http://deleted JBMONKEYMAN

    lakerfan, i read that and thought wtf too haha.

  • klao

    i guess they meant helpful schedule because they’ve played the games a few days apart. they were rested.

  • mplakers

    as a coach myself, i can honestly say it’s a damn shame that tex winter is not in the hall of fame and might not get in before he passes away…these so called “experts” are more “screwed” in the head than a porno starlet.

  • lakerfan81

    I would of thought that he was in the hall of fame. I guess not, I think you are right though, it is a shame.

  • lakers4life

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    where do u coach at?