I think Kobe's real problem is that he will never be happy with the job his GM is doing until he's playing with either the reincarnation of Wilt Chamberlein at his prime or Shaq at his prime. The only time Kobe has shown any sign of being a truly world-beating player was when he was paired up with arguably the most dominant player ever to play professional basketball in Shaq.
You can send him to Houston and that team isn't going to be any better than with McGrady, you could send him to Phoenix and there is no way he and Nash would ever gel. Why didn't the Bulls ever go after a free agent point guard when Jordan was playing? Because Jordan needed the ball in his hands and a true point guard would do nothing but get in the way of him and his ego, the same as for Kobe. The difference is that Jordan was a superior/once-in-a-lifetime player who still managed to make his teammates better while Kobe is more along the lines of the Drexlers/Dominques/Bernard Kings/McGradys/DWade. There's always 2-3 of these guys in the league that are likely to be among the Top 50-100 players ever, but need the top-end centers like Shaq (Kobe and Wade) or Olajuwon (Drexler) to get them to the top. And what happens if they never get that center so that the public thinks they're the real reason that the team is winning? They turn into Dominique or Bernard King and end up underrated and underappreciated.
Honestly, I kind of like watching karma come around and bite players like Kobe. You know he always felt like he was the reason that the Lakers were winning those Championships and now with Shaq getting his ring with Wade in Miami and Kobe's non-Shaq career following a pattern very similar to McGrady's, he has to be realizing that he's not as special as he once thought. Watching him demand a trade from the Lakers (or whatever the hell he's doing) is Kobe's last desperate gasp to hold on to what he once thought he was... and the best part is going to be watching it play out. I'm a Warriors fan so watching Kobe go down in flames and the Lakers organization tear itself apart after its 3-year title run is truly a beautiful thing to behold...
Kobe is pissed