Could the Lakers part ways with Kobe Bryant in 2013?

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Kobe BrantAt some point in the near future the Los Angeles Lakers are going to have to start thinking about the next chapter; life after Kobe Bryant.  But could it happen prior to the next NBA season?

Without a doubt Bryant is the current face of the franchise and despite being in his 16th NBA season he’s still putting up incredible numbers.  Bryant is averaging 28.7 points per game, and is on pace for his best scoring average in the last five seasons.  On the flip side he is also having the third worst shooting season of his illustrious career with a .430 field goal percentage.  In layman terms, Kobe Bryant is scoring more but taking more shots to do so.  That sounds more like a Stephon Marbury type of player rather than the cornerstone of an NBA championship caliber team and because of it, the Lakers should look to move Kobe Bryant sooner rather than later.

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Think about it.  Bryant is the biggest commodity the team has.  He’s a proven winner and scorer and has unrivaled determination.  The problem is that Bryant alone will not translate in to championships.  So the question becomes, why keep him?

Lakers fans would argue to keep him and put pieces around him to win.  I would argue that the pieces are there and that he just doesn’t know how to use them.

In a recent article on FOX Sports.com  Jason Whitlock stated, “You put Bynum and Gasol around LeBron James and everyone in the league would expect that team to win a championship. Kobe wants the roster blown up. He’s still upset David Stern stopped the Lakers from acquiring Chris Paul.

Whitlock went on to say “You give Wade the same rosters Kobe has played with throughout his Los Angeles career, and I guarantee you the Heat win the same number of titles — if not more.”

That’s a statement that’s difficult to argue against.  Imagine players like Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, or LeBron James paired on a team with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.  Not only would the aforementioned players continue their successes, but both Gasol and Bynum would thrive as each of would receive the ball in optimal scoring position more often than not.

The bottom line is that no matter how much Kobe scores he rarely makes those around him better.  In a day and age in sports where loyalty has been trumped by what have you done for me lately the Lakers would be smart and part ways with Bryant now.  Otherwise the next three or four season will be more shots jacked up with a lot of points scored and zero titles. Why not bring in players like a Deron Williams next season via free agency along with complimentary pieces that could be acquired via a trade involving Bryant.

Bryant’s current contract with the Lakers takes him through the 2013-14 NBA season.  Bryant does have a no trade clause but he does have a trade kicker that could be worth an additional 15% on the remaining money owed in his current contract.  This makes the idea of  trading Kobe Bryant a possibility.

I know Laker fans, speaking aloud about Los Angeles trading No. 24 is considered blasphemy in the Purple and Gold Nation.  But if you think about it, it makes sense.  Eventually Kobe will leave the Lakers via voluntary retirement or a career ending injury and when that happens the Lakers will be left with nothing except a bunch of cap space.  Why not make that transition seamless and get something for him now while he still has value?  Some of the greatest players of all time played for multiple teams; Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, and LeBron James.  Is Kobe Bryant next?

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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61 Responses to Could the Lakers part ways with Kobe Bryant in 2013?

  1. p2day says:

    I agree with you 100%. Shoots way too much. Takes too many BAD shots. Scores alot, But that won’t get it in crunch time against good teams. My only disageement is get Kyrie Irving instead of Deron Williams. Chris Paul wouldn’t have worked with Kobe because Kobe has to have the ball ALL the time. I’m a Huge Laker fan, but it would be smart to send Kobe down the road. They’ve already shown it’s a business. Wake up Kupchak and Buss.

  2. Mary Mote says:

    If Kobe goes, so do half of the fans that fill Staples Center, when he is playing, love him or hate him, thats who they come to see. He’s the big name that makes the Lakers important, without him, they become just another team.

    He would fill any  arena wherever he’d go, the Lakers would be crazy to let him go and I hope they are smart enough to know it. Just sayen..

    • JSB says:

      Dont remember too many empty seats post Magic/pre Kobe times.

      You’re wrong. The Lakers are the Lakers. They’re THE team in town, and as long as they’re in the playoffs every year, the Staple Center will be packed.

  3. p2day says:

    I’m just sayen – In order to get better quicker – Kobe has got to go. I don’t think the Lakers want Kobe as their face – possible rapist?
    The fans will always watch a winner.

    • Thenaj17 says:

      @p2day Kobe was acquitted and anything you state suggesting he is a rapist is libel. It is quite clear that Kobe could get pretty much any woman he wanted and certainly would have no need raping anyone. The woman clearly saw an opportunity for fame and money and took it.

  4. Wylon says:

    This summer P.Gasol will be traded and Bynum will option out of his contract and fast.

  5. MasterPlan says:

    Aaron – stfu.  When LeBron gets five titles and Wade gets any more, you can start guessing as to what each guy would do with other pieces around them.  At this point, neither guy will approach Kobe’s titles AND THEY HAVE EACH OTHER AROUND THEM.  Let’s calm down with the “trade Kobe” rant and see how this roster plays out.  I like the Lakers chances better this year than Miami as the West doesn’t look nearly as rough at the top.  Titles are not handed out in February and the Lakers have proven they can close while the jury is out on Miami’s ability to match that. 

    • Northtech9 says:

      i would imagine that Kobe sends a christmas card to shaq every year with this note : “thanks for giving me 3 rings, wouldn’t be so hyped without you.”

  6. Thurstonsland says:

    You are a Laker and Kobe hater  I sensed it while reading your article.

  7. Dlw_director says:

    This from a guy who probably follows a team that’s terrible and has no rings. You mentioned Bryant’s NO TRADE clause. So how are you supposed to move him when he says ‘NO.’ You can’t make him leave until he wants too or his contract is up. Roman Sessions will work out fine at the point and he’s younger and cheaper than Derrick Williams. we only need a few bench pieces to make a good run the next two years. There’s no reason to deal one of the best players in history.

  8. guest says:

    If Kobe is to be traded, it would have to be to a contender, the money doen’t even matter. He  is making 58 mil the next 2 seasons. Buss has already came out said that conversation will never come up. Why trade someone at the end of the career anyways. Let him retire as a one of the greatest Lakers to put on a uniform. As for comparing him to LBJ, how about we actually let him when a couple before we start talking about the 2. Right now LBJ is 0-2 in championships and D. Wade is 1-1. KD or D. Rose will end getting a ship before LBJ in my opinon.

  9. Samuri1777 says:

    Kobe will & should retire as a Laker! He is far from done and all you sayin negative crap about him are haters. He is no different than Magic, Kareem, West etc.. Laker for life!

  10. Luvi'n my Bball says:

    Kobe is truly a great shooter.  What he doesn’t do is assist, rebound or only on occasion defend.

    I’d much rather have a Rose or James on my team, knowing that I can plan to participate and not simply watch another player ball hog and only work on his stats as he tries to surpass the greatest player to date…Jordan!!

    • Vlado says:

      do you not watch basketball? a player does not make 10 first team all d by plain d on occasion. Kobe does EVERYTHING other hall of famers did, just does it in a way that doesn’t make others around him better. Neither did Jordan. Stop looking at stats and look at the bigger picture, Kobe nor Jordan won without triangle offense and never will or could of.

    • Randy Dockery says:

      you have no clue what you are talking about, do you?

  11. Juan the Don says:

    Aaron why don’t you stop being a KB24 hater and stop choosing sides. Kobe this season is starting use Bynum and Gasol more in case you haven’t notice. Kobe trust Bynum enough to give him the ball to win the game in case you haven’t seen the game. Plus he is starting to trust Ramon Sessions and Ron Artest more too you big eddiot. So hop off of Kobe and give him some love you big fat hater and get a life too.

  12. Dunn says:

    Great article. Your logic is right on point. No need for this long time laker fan to add anything else except, what the he’ll is taking the Lakers so damn long. if was Jrerry Buss I would have made the trade this season. Bynum and Gasol have experienced stagnated growth as a result of Mr Meeeeeeeee Bryant

  13. soufsideATL says:

    This article doesn’t make any sense… First of all Kobe Bryant has a strict “No Trade Clause” in his contract. He can only be traded if he wants to be traded. Then to say Dwayne Wade would probably win more??? LOL. The guy that couldn’t get passed the Hawks in the 1st round before Lebron got their??? The guy that cant play 15 str8 games w/o sitting out w/ some weak injury excuse. Kobe has played in more games through more injuries than Dwayne Wade has played healthy. This guy is overrated. Everytime he takes a 3 pt shot it looks like he never ever attempted one before. Wade doesn’t even make his teammates better which is the reason why the Heat lose games when he plays and win all the games that he doesnt play in…. I know that Kobe is misusing Bynum. Gasol sucks tho. But to say that Wade and Rose would win w/ them is pathetic. Rose is a ballhog and won’t win anything.

  14. Rudy Monroy says:

    MY NAME IS GREEN EYEZ. IM A PG, NOT PRO FOR PERSONAL REASONS. Well, I agree with ” suck my dick”. Ramon Sessions didn’t assist ”mr. suck my dick” with the dunk pass, no, Ramon assisted with the alley up pass but, I will not only pass it to ”mr. suck my dick” to dunk, I will beat the buzzer on this tied ”kobe trade” game with a 3 pointer, with .2 left just like D-FISH. To finish this sucka clowns off. You can call me G-FENSE, N mr.” suck my dick” McRoberts.
    Kobe, does not only have Championship experience, but far MORE matureness than any NBA player to date. On top of that, who the fuck said age is an issue to the living?
    In Christ days, we just to lived up to 1,000nds or more years. That, until technology along with more b.s came along. Humanity not only shinked(in size), butlost many years of life.
    If you noticed, or haven’t, take a back look to Egyptian days.
    Not only slaves were sorth of healthy, but were treated as we are now. If your not a dumb ass, you’ll noticed the only differance between our times and the Egyptian slaves, is technology. In many ways we’re been treated like them through pressure, stress, pointless rules(rulers), and ”good action” mind games. Leading those who control, rule, w.e, to fullfil their illusions, ”dreams”, rules. But, who is there to fullfil, or give a fuck about our illusions, dreams, agonies, and the persut of a dream life? Is not alway to please the king, queen, dictator, government, of this Earth.
    But, our selves. Alongest desires is not to hurt one another, or do the act of evil. I’m not saying their should not be rules. Just not, senseless rules. The rules to follow are God’s given ones. Those who hold the tittle of governor, dictor, kng, queen etc. Should enforce Gods rules rather than their own.
    Any ways, how does this defend Kobe, it defends him because who the fuck has the right to tell you, you’re to ”OLD”, or can’t do it? Just because it seems hard for you to do it, or it’s worthless to you,
    has no meaning to give the right to tell someone else you ”CAN’T, you’re too ”OLD”. Remember, is not the looks what make you, but the intellegance, along with matureness, helped by common sense(humanity common sense coming from the heart, that’s when intellegance comes in to take the right decision).
    DO NOT TRY TO JOCK MY IDEA, THEREFORE I HAVE THIS DOCUMENTED LEGALLY, ANY FAKE COPIES OR IF U TAKE MY KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL BE AT COURT FIGHT $250,000.
    TRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY EMAIL IS LAKERS522@LIVE.COM IF YOU WANT TO HELP ME BUILD MY BOOK. 

  15. L.A WE GOING 4 ANOTHER 1 says:

    MY NAME IS GREEN EYEZ. IM A PG, NOT PRO FOR PERSONAL REASONS. Well, I agree with ” suck my dick”. Ramon Sessions didn’t assist ”mr. suck my dick” with the dunk pass, no, Ramon assisted with the alley up pass but, I will not only pass it to ”mr. suck my dick” to dunk, I will beat the buzzer on this tied ”kobe trade” game with a 3 pointer, with .2 left just like D-FISH. To finish this sucka clowns off. You can call me G-FENSE, N mr.” suck my dick” McRoberts.
    Kobe, does not only have Championship experience, but far MORE matureness than any NBA player to date. On top of that, who the fuck said age is an issue to the living?
    In Christ days, we just to lived up to 1,000nds or more years. That, until technology along with more b.s came along. Humanity not only shinked(in size), butlost many years of life.
    If you noticed, or haven’t, take a back look to Egyptian days.
    Not only slaves were sorth of healthy, but were treated as we are now. If your not a dumb ass, you’ll noticed the only differance between our times and the Egyptian slaves, is technology. In many ways we’re been treated like them through pressure, stress, pointless rules(rulers), and ”good action” mind games. Leading those who control, rule, w.e, to fullfil their illusions, ”dreams”, rules. But, who is there to fullfil, or give a fuck about our illusions, dreams, agonies, and the persut of a dream life? Is not alway to please the king, queen, dictator, government, of this Earth.
    But, our selves. Alongest desires is not to hurt one another, or do the act of evil. I’m not saying their should not be rules. Just not, senseless rules. The rules to follow are God’s given ones. Those who hold the tittle of governor, dictor, kng, queen etc. Should enforce Gods rules rather than their own.
    Any ways, how does this defend Kobe, it defends him because who the fuck has the right to tell you, you’re to ”OLD”, or can’t do it? Just because it seems hard for you to do it, or it’s worthless to you,
    has no meaning to give the right to tell someone else you ”CAN’T, you’re too ”OLD”. Remember, is not the looks what make you, but the intellegance, along with matureness, helped by common sense(humanity common sense coming from the heart, that’s when intellegance comes in to take the right decision).
    DO NOT TRY TO JOCK MY IDEA, THEREFORE I HAVE THIS DOCUMENTED LEGALLY, ANY FAKE COPIES OR IF U TAKE MY KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL BE AT COURT FIGHT $250,000.
    TRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY EMAIL IS LAKERS522@LIVE.COM IF YOU WANT TO HELP ME BUILD MY BOOK.

  16. RGONZALES says:

    This is just a story, Kobe in his prime with Gasol, and  Bynum, is way better then wade or rose. Had Kobe got Gasol earilier in his career, they would have at lest 2 more tiltes, give Kobe a totel of 7 as of right now. Where do people come up with crap, all I hear is IF, IF, IF, IF, IF

  17. Dub LA says:

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT REASONING!  As a lifelong “Purple & Gold” (originally “Forum Blue & Gold” when they opened the Forum in ’67) fan, I think the Lakers would be shrewd and cunning to pursue this tact.  The financially astute proverb, “Buy Low, Sell High” applies here, but just barely.  No doubt, Bryant has had one of the top 10 careers in the Association’s history.  That he’s still putting up the numbers that he is in his 17th season is astounding and a testiment to his work ethic and conditioning.  But it’s also the Lakers’ Window of Opportunity for the reasons mentioned in the article.  Once Kobe starts inevitably slowing down, the Lakers with their current roster are in trouble without a bonafide scorer.  Kobe’s remaining cache affords the team a pathway to its next era by packaging him as part of a three way team swap.  Kobe goes to a team with the opportunity to win NOW while the Lakers lock up a younger star or gaggle of draft picks that secures the team’s next 10 year period.  Think Hershell Walker & the Dallas Cowboys.  How’d that work out for the ‘Boys’?  They got future draft picks that resulted in multiple future HOF’ers.  No reason to think the same cannot happen now with the Lakers.

    Love you, Kobe; you’re a class act & a star for the ages, but you’re also a $100 poker chip in a high-stakes card game that could just bring the whole pot over to Dr. Buss’ spot at the table.

  18. Sgtmo says:

    Lebron would win with the same Lakers bunch? Wade too? Funny, these guys are the Super Stars who compare to Kobe, claim they can win championships the same players the Lakers have around Kobe, yet they can’t even win playing with eachother. This article is a joke!

  19. ady says:

    Screw LeBron James. KOBE ALL DAY

  20. Ezekielg24 says:

    this is so fake just trying to make everyone scared dont listen to thi junk they will NOT trade KOBE BRYANT

  21. Islandcoast2011 says:

    Everyone wants to join on the laker bandwagon. Unfortunately, the Lakers will not win another title with Kobe. Whether you trade him now or later is a management consideration of course. You either get new personnel now or cap relief later.

  22. Joezico says:

    If Kobe is such a liability, who would want a 34 year old Kobe next year and what players will we get for him that makes such an impact?  Also remember Kobe has Gasol and Bynum playing a full year together just this year.  Yet he won back to back in 2009 and 2010. 

  23. Nikcof says:

    Anyone who would quote Jason Whitlock is a half brain just like he is.  He is a known Kobe hater and would like nothing better than
    to see the Lakers trade him.  You need to get a thought of your own

  24. nikcof says:

    Anyone that would quote Jason Whitlock would have to be a
    bird brain like he is.  He is a known Kobe Hater and would love
    nothing better than to see the Lakers trade him  Not gonna happen.
    LeBron and the others don’t have a championship because they
    didn’t do what it takes to win one.

  25. respectthegame says:

    Stop telling me what makes sense!  Atleast state that it is your opinion.  What really burns me is that you were holding onto a pubic not to long ago. Now, you’re talking trade because of one stat?  Look man, it is easy to see that you have alterior motives buried in your words. (IN MY OPINION – SEE HOW I DID THAT?) You strike me as the type of guy that doesn’t like Mayweather because of something he said and you would use that to justify your negative comments (IN MY OPINION). Do you understand that the man was injured this season?  Do you remember that an entire season has been crammed into a fraction of the time? Did you even watched the man play AT ALL this season OR DO YOU JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS? Were you ridiculed in school? Did Daddy do things? What makes sense is that Kobe is number 2  in the league in scoring right after Durant. The difference? .1 percent.  Durant’s shot percentage isn’t that much better than Kobe’s.  Kobe is ranked no. 30 in shot percentage this year, let you tell it though its a sign from the magical wizard of IT MAKES SENSE to let him go now! I do see your agility though. You have the great ability to hang from Bynum’s and Gasol’s pubs at the same time. Great Scott! I am surprised you haven’t stated he’s not a team player! Question… among writers where are you ranked? 30? 40? maybe 50? Uh-Oh, I hear trade talk. I sense that you are looking for some sign of approval in your writings GRANTED as most writers are, but I, good sir am not giving it to you.  I wish I could find your stats so that I could tell FOX sports that it may be in their best interest to trade you before your writings suck worst. (IN MY OPINION).  One other question to Mr. Lafable… Should they cut him immediately after the first round of the playoffs? What’s your angle?  Do you think he’ll get wind of your 800 word article and second guess his ability.  Then you’ll be a success.. your team may have a divisional chance! YAY! I pray that this is your thought process because if it isn’t then there is only one word to descibe your article, OPINIONATED! I would say lets look back in history at all the notable elite Lakers and how they went out on the back end of their prespective careers to see if any one in the Laker’s franchise front office is as OPINIONATED (for lack of a better word) as you! However, that would be too easy.  The sad part about this response is that I am not even a Kobe fan.  I am however a fan of fact and reasonability.  Hey look man, I’ll even listen to opinions if I know that’s what they are. But, this article is a trifle failure at a bad opinion, IN MY OPINION good sir and I would beg of you to stop!

    Thank you Good Sir!

  26. Andrew McLoon says:

    You Can Trade Kobe Bryant To The Miami Heat Team Way He Can Join Lebron James And Dwyane Wade Even With Chris Bosh As Well And You Can Trade Chris Paul To The Miami Heat As Well

  27. ponabo says:

    Lakers going to the second round, lets see what happens.

  28. Sam Hopkins says:

    Not a bad article, why so many haters? He’s not saying it’s going to happen, he’s just making a point that trading Kobe in the future may be beneficial. When you look at it, (unless your’e a LA fan) it would make sense to trade Kobe. Let’s face it; Once Bryant retires or is washed up in a couple years they’ll will have to rebuild and have made nothing out of Kobe since he has no value. Its not likely Kobe will win another title in LA, he’s putting up nice numbers but he’s taking way more shots to get those numbers. LA could deal Bryant for a great point guard who arguably has a better chance of winning the championship because a guy like Dwill knows how to make his team better unlike Bryant

  29. Thenaj17 says:

    Practically any team Guam said. Smush Parker, Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown don’t qualify in that criteria!

  30. Bill c. says:

    the lakers will never find another player as great as kobe bryant. thats not just a laker fan speaking that is a basketball fan speaking.take kobe off this team & they dont even make the playoffs. kobe might be the 2 greatest player to ever play the game & even with 16 years under his belt he is still doin work. i believe he will still have it in two to three years so go ahead lakers commit suicide. ugh. go lakers!!! : )

  31. DOUGLAS E says:

    I WOULD NEVER GET RID OF BRYANT, HE IS ONE OF THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. WHEN KOBE LEAVES THE LAKERS WILL NOT BE THE SAME, NOW THATS REAL TALK.

  32. JSB says:

    The facts are screwy in this article. If Kobe retired right now the lakers would STILL be over the cap.

    Kobe is virtually untradeable. His cap number means that only a couple teams would even be able to attempt the trade. And Kobe is a particular person; i.e. he’s not playing in Indiana or Minnesota. So that rules out just about everybody but the Knicks or the Heat. Scratch the Heat, they’re not giving up Wade or Bron for Kobe. That leaves the Knicks. I guess that COULD happen, as disappointing as the Knicks have been thus far. Not likely though.

    I’m not opposed to cutting ties with Kobe, if Mitch really feels it’s time. The Lakers have always been excellent at letting go of a player too early, rather than too late. But if they have to cut ties with Kobe, it’ll be via amnesty.

  33. Lakers4Life says:

    Trade Bynum instead!

  34. Ray Valcarcel says:

    Kobe needs a bench that will give him a rest- he didn’t have that in the games they should have won ; like game 2 when Blake missed the 3-pointer and the 5th when Kobe went to the bench for rest and the game was 70-70, hmmm- get him a “good” bench and they win #6 for him

  35. Ray Valcarcel says:

    Kobe needs a bench that will give him a rest- he didn’t have that in the games they should have won ; like game 2 when Blake missed the 3-pointer and the 5th when Kobe went to the bench for rest and the game was 70-70, hmmm- get him a “good” bench and they win #6 for him

  36. Ray Valcarcel says:

    Kobe needs a bench that will give him a rest- he didn’t have that in the games they should have won ; like game 2 when Blake missed the 3-pointer and the 5th when Kobe went to the bench for rest and the game was 70-70, hmmm- get him a “good” bench and they win #6 for him

  37. Ray Valcarcel says:

    Kobe needs a bench that will give him a rest- he didn’t have that in the games they should have won ; like game 2 when Blake missed the 3-pointer and the 5th when Kobe went to the bench for rest and the game was 70-70, hmmm- get him a “good” bench and they win #6 for him

  38. LakerGurl says:

    If the Lakers trade Kobe, I will officially go on strike. And by the way, this article is stupidity at the highest level. When LBJ gets more than 5 rings and learns how to be clutch when the game is on the line, continue speaking. Until then, just stop.

  39. CJ says:

    Laker hater. Period.

  40. lakerfan8 says:

    Kobe will be traded to the 76’ers. The Lakers are looking to make the team younger and competitive for the future. Kobe is a Philly native and that would be the only place he’d go for trade. You heard it here 1st.

  41. Glasco says:

    who could you trade Kobe for,who is good enough to add up to One Kobe Bryant? Maybe you could get Wade,and put Kobe with Vonn James so James could win a ring. LOL

  42. Bill Stewart says:

    Get rid of Pau Gasol free up cap space and sign free agent complimentary players to put around Kobe. So many times Kobe had to call out Pau Gasol in post game because of hix lax play. You shouldnt have to call out any player on a team thats supposed to be built to win an NBA title.

  43. phil says:

    this guy is a joke wade have labron and bosh and youu can say likewise with lbron

  44. Salgood411 says:

    I agree with a Kobe trade. Do it now while the Lakers can still get optimal value out of the deal. The Lakers can not win a championship when Kobi is determined to win one by himself!

  45. Jim says:

    The meat of this article is a different article written by a different sports writer for a different sports blog. Do you have any original thoughts of your own, Aaron? Guess not.

  46. scott rungo says:

    kobe is the only one that gives a shit ! he has to stay ! This is is home ! I just cant believe that lazy pig shaq thought there was a choice ! kobe is the man !

  47. Matt says:

    The Lakers are not fast. That’s why they are not there. The Heat and the Thunder are young and fast. Kobe is not the fastest, but does Gasol and Bynum make the Lakers fast and young? Nope. To get rid of Kobe means replacing him.It takes more of a plan then, “Hey, Kobe’s getting old and a lot of people don’t like him.” He’s still the best closer and one on one player in the NBA, which is why West wanted him so bad. Just like Jordan. He may never win again, buy he deserves credit for the last 5 rings. Jordan, Wade, and Lebron have never made anyone a better player. They have only helped their team win. To make someone better you need to be a real point guard like Magic, Nash, Stockton, etc. You sound like another Kobe hater.

  48. YeahISaidIt says:

    Kobe SUCKS!!! Who cares what he does except for the cry baby fans with no life…Go Lebron!!!!

  49. snikpoh1 says:

    kobe to philly?

  50. E3PO says:

    Trade or get rid of Kobe??????? the Lakers would have to lose their mind. The main thing Kobe needs to do is stop trying to pass his greatness (Jordan) and start playing the team game and getting Pau and Bynum into the offense. Now with the addition of Nash that will become easier because Nash will demand the ball on offense just to create openings for other players as well as Kobe. Just look at the past, when Kobe has had a point guard (Fisher) they win not because the point guard does all the scoring but they get better at working the ball around within the offense. Lakers will win another ring or 2 in the next 2-3 years the only thing that is holding them back is the fact that OKC is full of young stars while the Lakers have Older veterens. And to make it better if LA gets rid of Bynum’s sorry ass for Howard it will end the Heat and the Thunder for at least 3-4 years and kobe will then become the player with the most titles by a long ways and amke it impossible for the wanna be King LBJ to ever catch him……………

  51. sumguy says:

    he has a no trade clause, so yu cant trade him, and i highly doubt hell leave via free agency

  52. Jsb says:

    The person who wrote this article is obviously a complete idiot, you know nothing about basketball

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