Kobe Bryant was 23 years old, and had just won his third championship ring. When asked how many rings Kobe would end up with, Magic pondered "Realistically, I would say 8 or 9." Kobe is now 30 years old, and he still has only three rings. The seven most productive years of his invaluable career, one that was predestined to be the greatest of all time, have been wasted.
This man's biological clock is ticking, he is antsy as hell, and to think that some so-called Lakers fans would be 'disappointed' with his trade requests...
And this has less to do with Shaq, and more to do with Buss/Kupchak. It is absolutely mind-numbing how many STAR players the lakers have passed on. Players that would have been PERFECT compliments to Kobe in his quest for another title:
I know , some of you will say, "Stop living the past...." But he Lakers' Front office never learns. Why aren't they going after Artest? Why aren't they doing Odom for Marion...
Why would you deal Caron for Kwame , who is about to walk at the end of the season?
I am as excited as most of you are for this upcoming season, but face it , can we really win a 7-game series? Will we stay Healthy?
We have the most unstoppable scorer in the NBA and thanks to Phil Jackson's stupidity, he will play passive and dish it to these dumbed-down scrubs like he did last year. Thanks Phil, lets just put the reigns on the most unstoppable player ever so he doesn't shoot and proves he is " a leader."
We were promised changes, we got NOTHING. Fisher was dropped into our lap, and Crittenton was a just a standard draft pick. Woopi-doo! Kobe should have just sat out the season..... this is ridiculous.
The man's biggest passion, his biggest talent, his dreams, his sacrifices, his time and effort, his career, his legacy are all going down the goddamn toilet thanks to this piece of (bleep) organization.
They will go from having the two best players of the past decade to having nothing. Personally, I would have sat out and enjoyed life with my family. Why turn 7 wasted years into 8?
Sorry to post it here, but if I made a thread about it it would get locked. It's amazing how many Laker fans want Kobe gone. It's ridiculous, actually.