In response to the original question:
No, I don't think that this is for the better in any way. Regardless of all the reports that Kobe didn't have enough street cred to sell things, his jersey was the most popular one sold in the NBA. The guy is already third in endorsements for professional athletes, after Tiger Woods and MJ. This isn't going to be for the better. Some parents might be less likely to buy their kids Kobe Bryant paraphernalia than before. Even though the kids might still love Kobe, their parents may have lost some respect for Kobe and no longer want their kids to see him as an icon or a role model. Having said that, if it DOES by some chance help his endorsements, then it's definitely not worth everything he could possibly lose: his wfie, his daughter, his life as a free person, and respect.
The additions of Payton and Malone will bring the Lakers back to having talent like they did during the Showtime Era... maybe they can win another championship like the one Magic is holding.