Would you rather have Kobe remain a Laker for life with 5 rings or go to a contender for #6?
The upper management, (aka - Jim Buss), created this situation. To quote the movie, "GLADIATOR" - Comidus must not rule.... If Jeanie was running the show, Phil would be coach, Dwight Howard would still be a Laker, and the team would've been in a better position to acquire pieces for another championship parade.
But, the Hard Truth is Laker land is seeing a nightmare (or Dwightmare) played out and every other organization is laughing at the Lakers at how out-of-control things have gotten since the passing if Jerry Buss.
Is it true that Dr. Buss stipulated in his will that 'Comidus' be the head of the Laker franchise? If that is true, then Dr. Buss is partly responsible for this.
And as for Kobe, I bet he'll use what has happened as motivation to get his body in 100% condition. But that won't help the personnel that 'Comidus' and Mitch put around him - (I still can't believe Mitch chose MD over Phil...)