[excerpt] So many failures, so little solace found in the sparkle of a championship ring. There's only one fitting end to this story, and that's Bryant leaving the Lakers, too. Before a jury of his peers begins deciding his fate in Colorado, Bryant should set up that post-trial freedom he swears he deserves by seizing the best available job offer.
That would be from Donald Sterling's world-famous Clippers.
For shamelessly catering to every Bryant whim, the Lakers deserve a starting lineup of Odom, Butler, Grant, Gary Payton and Kareem Rush. Bryant ended up with the Lakers on an agent's bluff Arn Tellem told New Jersey's John Calipari his client would run an Elway-esque scramble from the Nets if they drafted him so why not leave them on an agent's ploy? Rob Pelinka, Tellem's lieutenant, could transfer Bryant to the Clippers at a loss of $40 million like he expects to transfer Carlos Boozer from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz at a gain of $28 million.
Bryant would find a surer Shaq-free path to the Finals with the Clippers. Do the matchups. Elton Brand is a better power forward than Odom, and Corey Maggette gets the edge over Butler. At center, Chris Kaman has legitimate size, a promising upside, and 10 years of youthful exuberance on Grant. At the point, the Clippers believe Shaun Livingston is only a few years away from becoming a scaled-down Magic Johnson, while the Lakers believe Gary Payton is already a few years removed from becoming a washed-up Gary Payton.
In the end, a Clippers-Bryant union would enjoy a healthier long-term vision than the one O'Neal and Dwyane Wade will share in South Beach.
I still dont think Kobe is coming to the Clippers there is 40 million more for 1 year on the table and he to me as selfish as he is will take the money and Fly.....to Colorado.........To me I just see Kobe now since he is asking the Organization to play 12 games at the pond is definately not a team player kinda like how Nique was with Atlanta.....oh yeah and the worst team in the Western Conference is going to be the Blazers or Us if we dont get some players who play D and can shoot the 3...in my opinion. Also if the Warriors dont resign Dampier the Warriors will be the worst.
Well word on the street is that Kobe and Maggette are best friends so that might atlest help alittle. I like you, just hope that Kobe's attitude dosent take away from the team. I mean we just got rid of players with attitudes losing attitudes now we might get a guy who has a kiss my ass all day attitude
This is interesting... Does this mean Kobe is also friends with Brand too? I knew Kobe was a Duke fan but not in this way. Also, what's the current status of the Clippers Members? Who's likely to leave and stay?
I don't think Kobe and Maggette are "best" friends, I think they just get along. Kobe's "best" friend is no one, at one time it was McGrady.
I don't like Kobe's off-court attitude but as long as he produces on court he can be an a** all day.
But I do feel he's making too many demands on the Lakers and Clippers, Pick one already
Well play defense, shoot the 3- Kobe can do that. I know some of us have reservations about his selfishness at times, but there's no denying that he's a great player. It sounds like it's all going to be decided tonight- I can't wait! And yup the Lakers would have problems even making the playoffs if Kobe is gone, while the Clippers would be legitimate contenders for the championship.
I dont know about us being a contender for the championship before Kobe plays a game with the rest of the team and a HS kid running the point but next year we will definately be a contender. Yeah Kobe to me is the top 2 guard in the league hands down. If we do get kobe atleast that shows that he isnt really full of himself since he could get 40 mil more from the Lake show, to me for us to be a contender we need to learn how to play help D and knock down the 3 Pt shot, where are all the Dale Ellis's of the NBA they are all gone noone can hit the 3 that is a free agent besides brent barry.