Shaq Fan wrote:according to www.hoopshype.com it stated (from the LA daily news) that KObe wants to leave LA and this second half of the year will be his farewell tour in puple and gold.
well, in that case LA should trade him now, and get something good out of it..........maybe: like a T-Mac, KG?(we would need to throw in maybe 1 or 2 more guys), or even a AI.
crucifido wrote:Howard Beck is well known for senastionalistic "journalism". He has pulled this kind of stuff out of nowhere for years and I'm sure this stroy is no different than any of the other tripe he's spewed out over the years.
Take it as you like, but I still say if Kobe leaves because he wants his own team, then the Lakers have no need for such a selfish and pig-headed player on their team. Simple fact is, if Kobe leaves for a chance to bolster his own stats, than maybe he wasn't a true Laker team player all along. We've already found otu this last summer that Kobe isn't the kind of person we thought he was anyway. this would do nothing more than lump him right in with the new generation of dunak and stat obsessed players that populate the NBA far too much nowadays.
If he goes for selfish reasons, then I want him out of here. I can take a little down time to rebuild as long as the Lakers aren't carrying around a guy who is more concerned with his box score than with winning rings.
It's nice to see another fan stating the facts on here. Most people on here just blame Shaq when things aren't perfect like every problem this team has is his fault or something. I've been saying this all along - this tailspin started this past summer when Kobe selfishly had a "secret" surgery and then took it upon himself to drag the entire Lakers organization through the media circus called his sexual assault case. Whether you want to admit it or not, he has been a major distraction and has also caused dissention between himself and others on the team. I believe that the organization in general is tired of it and that they will let him walk away after the season. This could have been a fairly-tale season for the Lakers. We signed Payton and Malone in June and everything looked like it was falling into place. But no, no more than a couple weeks later, Kobe gets arrested and this whole circus starts and tarnishes what could have been a dream year. Instead of the focus being on getting everyone into training camp on time and healthy, we instead were all hearing about this case in Colorado and his teammates were harassed by reporters with questions about Kobe instead of the upcoming season. Make no mistake about it, this season can still result in a championship if we get it together SOON, but the sad part is, when we all look back upon this season no matter what the end result is, Kobe's legal situation is what will come to mind first, not what the team did or did not accomplish. SAD!!!crucifido wrote:True, true, it is specualtion, but if Kobe doesn't come out this weekedn to try and diffuse some of this, then I can only take it as fact and I can only assume that Kobe doesn't care one bit about the Lakers, his teammates, his fans or about winning this year. And if the Lakers have even one guy on their team (let alone the imapct they have on the play of the team) who doesn't care about winning it all, it makes it awfully tough to do so.
It kills me to even talk about this stuff while the Lakers are trying to run for another ring. The more I type about, it the angrier I get at Kobe about starting this whole rollercoaster ride in the first place.
belly6 wrote:First and Foremost. kobe can only take his being with him. He can not take the colors. we are al Kobe fans for one reason. the same reason we visit LG. I am a huge fan of #8. However if he leaves he will only become a hi-lite reel on somone elses team. It is extremly important for Shaq to understand what happened in Houston the other night. The integrity of this team really lyes with him due to our Financial commitment to him. there are many scenarios in which we could be a better team without Kobe. Here are just a few trades for Kobe.
Alan Houston and Rasheed (Knicks can make deal with Hawks)
Allen and Rashard
Amare and marion
Peja and Jackson (dont laugh...ok laugh)
AI and bra.....whatever that young studs name is.
the point is that Kobe is valuble. I like to think he would make a POSSIBLE transition lucrative for the Lakers as well. It comes down to Shaq reinventing himself.
zetaw00d wrote:Buss will not trade Kobe!!! Kobe's trade value will not be as high because of the rape case!!! Kobe will not leave LA or the Lakers!!! I will only believe if he says himselft that he will leave....
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