Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Kobe may or may not be outraged by the Lakers inability to build a productive squad around him. He told Stephen A. that he was demanding a trade from the organization. Later that day, he told Dan Patrick that he still wanted to be a Laker for life. Let’s dive into the contradicting psyche of Kobe Bryant:
"I would like to be traded, yeah. Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there's no other alternative, you know?
------Two Hours Later-----
“Something can be figured out. Just something so I can stay here and be in this city and be with the team I love."
In any case, this was the guy that was worth giving up Shaq for and the Lakers aren’t going to give him up without a fight. If he does stick to his original guns, however, Kobe could go to some very interesting places. As he said to Stephen A. Smith this morning, "At this point I'll go play on Pluto". Here are some teams that might make a good fight:
- The Timberwolves. Minnesota has a frustrated superstar in KG, and the only way to gruntle a disgruntled veteran is to give him some backup, besides these guys are supposedly good buds already. Based on the players they got for Shaq (Odom and Kwame Brown), don’t expect the Lakers to hold out for a particularly good deal.
- The Bulls. Chicago could easily offer Tyrus Thomas and Ben Gordon for Kobe and as the Lakers seem to be rebuilding these young guns would be a good addition.
- The Knicks. New York cannot wait to get rid of the likes of Jared Jeffries, Nate Robinson, actually pretty much anyone but Steph and Curry.
Don’t get me wrong, Kobe could go nearly anywhere, especially since he probably won’t be leaving for another season, but those are just some interesting possibilities. Hopefully, he’ll be able to actually decide what he wants before next year.