What should the Lakers do? When should they do it? Should they even do anything? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!
Something must happen. As Kobe Bryant has said, “Do something, and do it Now!”
However, now it’s a different sense of desperation. The facts are clear, what has to be done is obvious… Kobe needs to get traded, or needs to be a Laker for the rest of the season.
How should management go about this? I would have to agree with Magic Johnson that a decision has to be made within the next week, or as soon as possible. The Lakers need to make a decision, are we either going to keep Kobe, or decide to trade him as soon as possible.
Trying to get a precise comment out of the Buss family is nearly impossible, but somebody needs to step up and make a statement about the immediate future of this franchise.
Phil Jackson wants answers, the players want this resolved and the Lakers want to move ahead with the season without this dark cloud hanging over them.
There is no way this Laker team can be successful with this hanging over them the entire season. These trade talks aren’t like constant Shawn Marion talks, or how it used to be with Garnett in Minnesota. These trade talks are backed by sources, strong comments, and rumors coming out daily. This cannot go on. Kobe doesn’t want it to be a distraction. Of course he doesn’t, and either does Phil, Lamar, Magic or any other person that considers themselves a Laker.
But the bottom line is, this is a very strong distraction. The majority of the Opening Night TNT broadcast was all about the Kobe rumors. Pre-game, during the game, half-time, and post game.
It is no longer what this Laker team can do with Kobe firing on all cylinders. Now the question is basically the basic 5 W’s. Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
These change daily and it is a definite cause for concern. Management needs to publicly say what they are going to do and do it. There needs to be no grey area. Everything is up in the air and this Laker team needs to have stability and something they can know is true.
Almost every Laker has been rumored in trade rumors. Now, the man that is supposed to lead them to the promise land might not be there next month, next week, he might even get shipped out tomorrow.
Uncertainty is the one thing this young laker team cannot have. No superstar has had these strong of trade rumors and distraction during the course of a season in a long time. The fact of the matter is, the Lakers can’t focus on the season ahead until this current drama is resolved.
Buss has to make a decision. Kobe shut up no matter how much you want out we are not dealing with this, and you’re going to have to wait for the offseason. Or, Kobe you will be traded as soon as possible and are no longer in our plans for the future.
Either way as a fan you have to have an opinion. But at this point in the season stability is the main thing the Los Angeles Lakers need. After watching the first game of the season it is very evident that very few things are constant in La-La Land.