Savory Griddles wrote:I honestly think Kobe thinks he will come back as 32 year old Black Mamba and be a top 3 player in which case all he needs (in his head) is one other superstar and some good role players. I don't think Kobe views himself as being as far from his peak as he actually is. Let's also not forget that as long as Kobe is on the court, he will view himself as the alpha dog, which will hurt us more and more as he ages over the next two years.
As I have said before, we need to stop trying to win around Kobe. It ain't going to happen and trying to do so would only put us that much further away from title contention.
I think Kobe CAN be a beta, but only to a person he trusts to take the organization to the next level moving forward; aka someone a lot like him. Maybe a Durant or a LeBron and (in Kobe's head) a Carmelo could be an alpha with Kobe still on the roster, but definitely a guy like Howard or Harden couldn't because they don't have that lion's heart that Kobe values above all else. You'd need the perfect guy (in Kobe's head) to take that mantel from him.
And I totally agree that the Lakers need to focus on moving forward and not worrying about Kobe. Rebuild as soon as we can and if Kobe's still around by then, sweet. If not, then sorry Kob' but that's what happens when you sign prematurely and take a third of the cap with you.
If we try something like what emplay has in mind: trade for Love (16.7) with Kobe (23.5) and Nash (9.7) for this season, then Nash comes off the books and you extend Love and you've got 10 million to work with... You could maybe get a solid piece and get to the middle of the pack in the West, but I don't see contention with that formula. Not at all.