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Tigers_eye
June 19, 2007, 10:31 AM
Well he had already expressed his desire to be traded. Then he retracted his decision and said he wanted to be a Laker. He has 88.1 mill left on his contract till 2011 season. With 10 mill a year to the coach, the team can't stay below the salary cap if they want get some quality team players. However, Lakers make most of any NBA francise. So do you think it is better to trade him and get 3 good players from Phoenix, Dallas, combo from other teams? I presume Lakers wouldn't trade within the division so those options are all but voided. May be Chicago or Detroit can afford to lose 3 quality players and still be compititve.

So if a deal can be made for three quality players would you trade Kobe? He is 29 and not getting any younger.

Mahir
June 19, 2007, 11:15 AM
Why retain him when he has far too many changes of heart ? Or does he even have his heart with the team anymore ? Trade him to the Knicks, thats where he wants to go.

sadi
June 19, 2007, 11:35 AM
Lol. Knicks. I would love to see him play for the Knicks but it doesn't make sense. He wants to win now but he wants to play for Knicks. I guess he sees something in Knicks that we can't see. Knicks should definitely get him though. Give the whole team to the Lakers and get Kobe.

Tigers_eye
June 19, 2007, 11:40 AM
The problem with the knicks is Isiah Thomas has used up his payroll and some. No one wants his under achievers so a three team deal is necessary. But who would want knicks rejects??

To get a trade going with that much money involved only Dallas or phoenix can pull this off (with a third party's involvement, preferrably east). They have the money and talent to compensate.

If there is no trade this season then for sure there will be a block buster one next season.

cricman
June 19, 2007, 12:27 PM
Lol. Knicks. I would love to see him play for the Knicks but it doesn't make sense. He wants to win now but he wants to play for Knicks. I guess he sees something in Knicks that we can't see. Knicks should definitely get him though. Give the whole team to the Lakers and get Kobe.

It's really simple kobe has all the leverage, if he wants he'll Jack up 100 points a game next year and then opt out of his contract and then the lakers get nothing. Now if Kobe wants to go to the bulls and try to erase MJ's shadow he'd need to win 8 titles thats impossible. All Isiah has to do is kill the farm and give #1 draft picks for the next 2-3 years 2008-2010 along with the scrubs.

If Lebron can take 5 scrubs to the finals, I know Kobe, Marbury and Curry would run right through the East win the Atlantic division by 25 games. A top 10 PG, A Top 5 C and the Best player in league you are going to win the JV league also known as the East.

also lots of superstars have lots of respect for Isiah because of the player he was and I Kobe knows all he needs is 1 title and he's a God in New York.

Shafin
June 19, 2007, 12:27 PM
is the player someone from Mars,or Jupiter?

sadi
June 19, 2007, 12:34 PM
Lebron analogy was good I must say. East is so weak, one superstar can make a big difference.

Fazal
June 19, 2007, 08:37 PM
Sure ... trade him to Denver Nuggets... thats the only place he will feel comfortable besides home.

Who cares... let him spoil in Lakers instead and let Lakers spoil further. As long as he doesn't come anywhere near DC, I am happy.

DJ Sahastra
June 20, 2007, 12:42 AM
It looked like "Trade Korbe?" to me.

For a moment, i thought Forum Administrators had decided to turn into a online trading community.

sadi
June 20, 2007, 10:05 AM
My first impression was "Trade kobe?" or "when is the trade". :)

Tigers_eye
June 20, 2007, 03:18 PM
"So now we have Kobe Bryant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3118/;_ylt=Ar0oJDnlKfLR2qG.BMA2EWLqxLsF) trashing teammates and management alike on some covert amateur commando video.
This coming after a statement on his Web site spoke of continued dissatisfaction with the direction of the Los Angeles Lakers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/lal/;_ylt=AjvZ8SHE_4MzQE1NosV1nUvqxLsF) and a new interest in being traded. Which came after Bryant flew to Barcelona to meet with owner Jerry Buss and, according to the Los Angeles Times, figured out he still wanted to be dealt."

More:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AruCiXcwoTly9XT6e.2jwJC8vLYF?slug=dw-kobebryant061907&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

The Drama continues. Now he wants a trade again, lol. flip-floping his way.

cricman
June 20, 2007, 03:32 PM
^ is pretty old news, theres a preview of the video on youtube but heres a transcript

"Andrew Bynum? What the f---?" Bryant says in disgust. "Are you kidding me? Andrew Bynum? F---ing ship his a-- out. Are you kidding me? We're talking about Jason Kidd. But they didn't even want to do that. Now we're here in this f---ed up position."

The tandem then asked Bryant what he thought about Bynum's potential. Bryant smiled and started to shake his head as if he was about to go on another tirade.

"You know what man? Let me tell you something. Mitch Kupchak had the nerve to ask me..."

At this point the 24-second video clip ends abruptly and we are left to wonder what Bryant says next. "The Kobe Video Guys" say that Bryant went on to say, "How good do you think Andrew Bynum is going to be in 10 years? Are you f---ing kidding me? I'm trying to win this s--- now."

A week later the duo again ran into Bryant in Newport Beach, after he had made his trade demands public, and pulled out a cell phone and recorded one of them telling Bryant, "Please tell us you're staying." Bryant responded by saying, "Get a Bulls uniform fellas."

Tigers_eye
July 6, 2007, 04:01 PM
latest drama:


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although he didn't rescind his trade request, Kobe Bryant (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3118/;_ylt=Ar0oJDnlKfLR2qG.BMA2EWKLvLYF) softened his stance somewhat Thursday night, saying he had apologized to Los Angeles Lakers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/lal/;_ylt=AjvZ8SHE_4MzQE1NosV1nUuLvLYF) general manager Mitch Kupchak in person for the way he handled his upset feelings five weeks ago. "I just felt like as a man, it was important for me to tell him, `I'm sorry it came out that way,"' Bryant said at a lightly attended news conference at Loyola Marymount, where he spoke mainly about his camp for youngsters at the school this week.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=An8RAanKKeJ8QJx_1NQA0pg5nYcB?slug=ap-lakersbryant&prov=ap&type=lgns

Bryant said that while he could have called Kupchak, it was important he speak with him face-to-face.

"I was frustrated, I was venting," Bryant said.
When asked whether he still wanted out, Bryant replied: "I haven't thought about that in a long, long time. I've kind of stepped away from that. I've concentrated on Team USA. What I say is what I say. We'll just have to see where it goes."
The U.S. national team begins practice July 20 in Las Vegas.
Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer the past two seasons, complained about a lack of talent around him at season's end, and said May 30 he wanted to be traded, adding nothing could change his mind.
Despite that request, the Lakers have made clear that trading Bryant isn't in their plans. Bryant is owed $88.6 million over the next four seasons, but could terminate his contract in two years.
The Lakers haven't won a playoff series since reaching the NBA finals in 2004 for the fourth time in five years. With Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/847/;_ylt=ArMkv2XfD4X.aevvm7zoR.mLvLYF) leading the way, they won three straight championships from 2000-02.
O'Neal was traded to Miami in July 2004, a day before Bryant signed a seven-year, $136.4 million contract to remain with the Lakers, who haven't won a playoff series since O'Neal left.
Bryant said he hasn't spoken with Derek Fisher (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3125/;_ylt=Aj199eAmzuqxzeUH1YOx_mqLvLYF) since Monday, when Fisher was released by the Utah Jazz (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/uth/;_ylt=An3.LSSqiXSixcxRnhPHUaqLvLYF) so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.
Fisher said he wants to live in one of the six or seven cities being considered for Tatum's care. Bryant and Fisher were teammates and, from all indications, good friends while playing with the Lakers from 1996-2004 -- the first eight seasons of their NBA careers.
Kupchak didn't rule out the possibility of a return to the Lakers for Fisher, who signed with Golden State as a free agent after the 2003-04 season and was later traded to Utah. Bryant said 450 kids aged 8-to-18 attended his camp.