Joe_Blow wrote:It's sad really... I think Sky hit it on the nose with his "Diva fatigue" comment. He is viewed -- even by a number of his own fans -- as a high maintenance Diva. IMO, that's why his market value seems to be slightly above TMac when, in reality, he's about twice the player.
I'd agree with that. For years I gave Kobe a pass because I just felt he was in a rough situation coming into the league. I felt that Shaq poisoned his team against him, that he had to live in Shaq's shadow, and Shaq wanted to keep him there, even when it got to the point where it was time for Kobe to move to the forefront, Shaq wouldn't let it happen. So between that and Colorado, he got a bad rep. It got worse after Phil's back, but I thought Phil was just being self-serving and bitter that the Lakers choose Kobe over him. The Malone situation blew up, and I thought (and still do) that if Karl made a pass at his wife, Kobe was in his right to blow up. I'm amazed it went that long before it came out. Just a bad streak of luck for a guy living under a microscope. Whatever Kobe's issues, we dealt with them because he was such a great player and so much fun to watch. After his trade demands this summer though and the finger pointing and everything else, I've basically given in. I think he's the best in the league, and as that I hate the thought of him in another uniform.
I've woken up to the fact that drama is never far from the guy. Now this is coming from a long time fan of Kobe's, he's been one of my five favorite players since he came into the league. I can only imagine the thoughts that people who haven't admired the guys play over the years have to think. Well I don't have to imagine their thoughts are echoed in second rate news articles by second rate, and occaionally first rate journalists across the globe. The games best player becomes available you'd think every other team in the league would be lined up trying to acquire him. But some owners and front offices view this guy in the same way we view Artest or fans in other sports view Terrel Owens or Barry Bonds, as huge talents with even huger egos and issues.
That having been said, those other guys would always have a home when they become available and Kobe certainly has a lot of value around the league. But you have to think that certain organizations (Utah for example) would face a public backlash for trading for him.