w00tESPN.COM: Kobe Bryant posted a message on his Web page Sunday strongly suggesting the superstar wanted to be traded from the Lakers.

“When you love something as much as I love the Lakers its [sic] hard to even imagine thinking about being elsewhere,” he wrote on his Web site, kb24.com. “But, the ONE THING I will never sacrifice when it comes to basketball is WINNING.”

The two-time scoring champion also wrote: “The more I thought about the future, the more I became convinced that the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future.”

The 28-year-old nine-time All Star has four years left on his contract, but can terminate it following the 2008-09 season.

Bryant last month voiced frustration at Lakers management and publicly requested he be traded after the team was eliminated by Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs.

Though he said nothing could change his mind, Bryant later backed off after speaking with coach Phil Jackson.

“I don’t want to go anywhere — this is my team,” Bryant told KLAC radio at the time. “I love it here. I called Phil, man. He and I talked; it was an emotional conversation. But he just said, ‘You know what, Kobe? Let us try to figure this thing out.”‘

Continue reading ‘The Truth: A new road ahead’

  • http://GETGARNETT.COM ROBERT

    LOOK U GUYS JUST CLOSE UR EYES AND REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES THE LAKERS HAD WITH KOBE AND SHAQ OR JUST WITH KOBE.REMEMBER THE 3-PEAT HOW GOOD IT FELT TO BE LAKER FAN AT THOSE TIMES..AND GET READY FOR A NEW ERA OF THE LAKERS IF WE CAN GET WALLACE,DENG,GORDON,AND THE 9TH PICK FOR KOBE..

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ANDREWBYNUM17

    great post Robert.

  • Ryan Fuu

    LOL … No Not a great POST ROBERT… Let me ask you something…I am a huge laker fan… but as of late … I am gettin ready to jump off the damn bus… HOW IN THE WORLD COULD AN ORGANIZATION trade away 2 of the BEST PLAYERS TO EVER PLAY in under 5 YEARS!…I cant like or want to cheer for an organization like that… Its sad because I “want to” cheer for the Lakers if Kobe leaves… but in reality.. if your real with urself… How can you even like the Lakers… there is no tellin who they will trade away just to make MONEY! Also… I read that Kobe post the day he heard about the “Insider”..which was a couple weeks ago. So I have no clue why he came out with it again on kb24.com… But to me.. its an old post! … and I think the media is blowin this situation back up because it died down… So until you here from KOBE HIMSELF from a NEW POST.. NOT AN OLD ONE! Then yeah Ill believe he wants to leave!

  • http://GETGARNETT.COM ROBERT

    RYAN, DUDE I LOVE THE LAKERS I GO TO ABOUT 30 GAMES A YEAR AND YEA LOWER LEVEL SEATS BUT IF KOBE DOESNT WANT TO BE WITH THE LAKERS..THEN SO BE IT..I’M A LAKER FAN FOR LIFE..WHETHER THEY TRADE HIS ASS OR NOT..LAKERS TIL I DIE!!!!!!

  • Ryan Fuu

    Robert i feel you man… its like i have two people pullin me from both arms… i wanna stay.. but yet…. how can i even wanna stay with an organization like this… but end the end… I HOPE… everything comes together… which ever way Kobe goes….

  • LA-KB24

    this was not posted today.. this is an old passage from May 31

  • JAY

    kobe please make sense of all of this. damn i’m gonna have heart problems

  • lakersforlife77

    You know what……….. I don’t care anymore. I’m ready to move on and I realize this is both good for the Lakers and for Kobe. The reality is, we’re probably never going to make a championship run with kobe, there’s no way. Even if we did get JO, who I don’t have much faith in, it wouldn’t make our team much better, we still wouldn’t be able to compete with the spurs, suns, or mavericks. I think we should trade him to the bulls and get two developing stars, deng and gordon, and take their ninth pick, then we should shop around that 9th pick and package some players to try and get a higher pick to get a future star, like a mike conley Jr., then our rebuilding will be in full swing and we can focus on the future. With kobe, I just don’t think it will happen, and in order to appease him we have to get rid of all of our rebuilding assets, and once he’s gone, (he’ll probably just opt out in 2009), we’ll have nothing left to rebuild with, and odom will be past his prime or nearly past his prime. I think this is a good thing, but also a terrible thing at the same time, because I love watching kobe, but he’s made it clear that it’s just not going to work. I hope to see this lineup next year if we trade kobe:

    PG-Mike Conley Jr.(If they can shop around that ninth pick for the third, fourth, or fifth)/Jordan Farmar

    SG-Ben Gordon/Maurice Evans

    SF-Luol Deng/Luke Walton

    PF-Lamar Odom/Vladmir Radmanovic(we should probably trade him though)

    C-Andrew Bynum(start developing him right away)/Kwame Brown(probably should trade him too.)

    The last thing I want to see is Kobe go, but after all that has happened, it’s just not a good thing to keep him here any longer.

  • 2k8kb24

    this isn’t new kobe posted this on his website a while ago… the date changed on it…

  • http://www.kb24.com darkice18

    what about durant?

  • lakersforlife77

    Sorry bro, we’re not getting durant. You’re living in dreamland there

  • magic32

    Ok, Lakers are not going to get 3 of the bulls top 4 players. Its only going to be 2 of them because John Paxson is a way better GM than Mitch Kupchak. John Paxson doesn’t give away future All-Star players for injury proned ones.

  • Fatty

    This is an old Kobe statement from May 31. The article up front didn’t understand that it is refreshed everyday, with a new date being posted. If they did know that, they are being maliscious in trying to undermine Kobe. See it for what it is. Just another unwarranted attack on Kobe.

    Dr Buss do the right thing. Improve the Head Office. Fire Jim and bring in Magic.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    Fatty has it right, as I said in my article the same TRUTH message has been reposted 3 to 4 times with a more recent date. Whether the site asks Kobe for something and he sayss..”Just post the same thing cuz thats still how I feel”…Im not sure but its the same old post posted once again. ESPN, just caught it why us true laker fans have seen that statment since May 31st.

  • kb2481

    dude everywhere u go u will lose the other team has to and will have to give up there best playaz for exc bulls we get leng gordan and that good perimeter white dude nocioni ui go and u get kirk is is lamar and wallace wih is like kwame avraging 4ppg and 10reb so where ever u go u lose also suns they give up barbosa nash and marion u get only stadimour

  • kb2481

    kobe ur a dumbass VERY VERY srry for saying it but WHAT THE HELL U THINK U DOIN GOING AWAY FROM LA ALL THE HOT ASS SUPERSTARZ WATCHIN U NOT THE REST OF THE CRAP(LAKERS WHOLE TEAM)THEY PAY 200K FOR U NOT THE CRAP ONES SO Y U LEAVING U _U COULD AND WOULD WIN HERE

  • jayhotep

    its an old post. i will be patient and i’ll react when i hear from Kobe and the lakers org.

  • Ciek

    Is kobe trying to plug his website? If that’s the case, just say so lol

  • Matt Fassnacht

    Lakers better hurry up or Kobe is outta here.