So Kobe Bryant is demanding to be traded (even though he softened his stance 3 hours later I still think he'll be traded). I've never had much respect for Bryant and I lost it all after the Eagle County incident. Now I somehow respect him even less. Although this guy said he wanted to end his career in a Lakers jersey, he pulled that Clippers BS not that long ago and now wants to be traded.
While I realize the Lakers haven't exactly surrounded Bryant with an incredible array of talent, they did give him the keys to the team, which is what Bryant has always wanted. And although Shaq says Kobe had nothing to do with him getting traded, I don't believe that for a minute. Kobe played some role in getting Shaq out of town.
The problem now is where the hell would Kobe go? I know every team in basketball would want him, but the better question is why?
Bryant doesn't make his teammates any better, and the fact that he dominated the ball in LA after Shaq left town isn't going to wear off right away either. Imagine if he got traded to the Knicks. Between him, Starbury, Francis and Crawford they could throw three basketballs out on the court and they'd all still be complaining about not getting the ball enough.
If paired up with another alpha dog player, Bryant might revert to his old Lakers championship days, but i'm not so sure. There's a reason why Bryant's nickname is Frank Sinatra. I did it my way. Unless he gets traded to the Suns or the Spurs, I doubt he'll ever win another NBA championship.
I'm sure dwyermaker will chime in on this sometime later today. After all, he's down in La-La Land.