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If You Were Jerry Buss, Would You Trade Kobe? October 12, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
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Kobe BryantLaker’s owner Jerry Buss recently stated that he would consider trading Kobe Bryant and would certainly listen to trade offers for the NBA superstar.

This past summer, a frustrated Bryant demanded to be traded mostly due to Laker management not making trades to surround him with better players.  Bryant indirectly took shots at teammate Andrew Bynum when he criticized Laker management for not trading Bynum for Jason Kidd.

With the recent trades of franchise players Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets and Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics, trading the face of your franchise is  not uncommon these days, and is sometimes looked at as a good business decision.

Bryant is without a doubt the face of the Lakers organization and is loved in Los Angeles, but trading the best player in the league is a very hard thing to do, no matter how frustrated he may be.  However, if you decide not to trade Kobe Bryant, Bryant can terminate his seven year deal in two years.  This means in two years, Bryant can leave the money on the table and go to another team, and the Lakers would not get any players in return.

If you were Jerry Buss, would you trade Kobe Bryant?

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1. Troy - October 12, 2007

Two scenarios, my friend:

If I was Buss, and am planning a full cleaning of the team and a whole new look (“but, yeah, Troy — didn’t they do that in 2004?), while not even having a full-edge superstar whatsoever, and know what I’m doing then yes, I would trade Kobe Bryant.

However, it seems like right now that Buss is disoriented. Can he truly make up for the loss of Kobe, and get back to making the Lakers at least a decent team in 5-years tops? I don’t think so; I don’t believe Mitch Kupchak is THAT good of a GM.

2. The Mixtape Monster - October 12, 2007

I really don’t like Kobe, but if I were Buss, there’s no way I’m going to trade him. Not only am I NOT going to get anywhere near equal value for him (if I’m lucy I’ll get .65 on the dollar), and whoever I get in return isn’t going to keep my seats packed even though my team sucks.

I’m kind of tired of the Kobe whining though, I feel like maybe he’s realizing he shouldn’t have done Shaq dirty.

3. alexcarrillo - October 12, 2007

never trade kobe. not enough value for him.

and surely kobe realizes LA is the place for him. he knows a situation like the celtics offseason acquisitions can only come once a blue moon.

both the organization and the individual, are too tied to each other.

4. Tia 2 - October 12, 2007

Kobe, Kobe, Kobe, I would trade him, I’m so sick of his whining and the people in LA who think the team/basketball revolve around him. If Philly can part with Iverson, LA can part with Kobe. ARRIVEDERCI!

5. Mr. Insider - October 12, 2007

I say dump Kobe for as much as the Lakers can get. It will be quite alot. Simply stated, most good NBA players do not want to play with Kobe on the team. He is a poisonous influence and they all know that if they do not kow-tow to Kobe, he will send them packing. That is Kobe’s weakness…HUBRIS (look it up)…

He had his run with Shaq as the key. What has he done for the team and with the team since? Sure, he is very talented. So is my friend Barry Bonds. So is Arod. So what? Teamwork and winning is what is remembered about the greatest players, usually. Kobe will not be remembered like the other 25 greatest players of all time. He is not a winner, just a brilliant talent. Hey, if he buys me a $4million diamond ring, maybe I will say good stuff about him, too!

OK, trade him. Maybe he will do better with another team, too. It might even work well for Kobe. I do not think so, but am likely wrong on that point.

Adios Kobe. Hope you will have no Beef with the Lakers when they Cut you from the team.

Mr. Insider’s take…

6. firerobin - October 12, 2007

As Jim Rome said, “Would they rather be an #8 seed with a superstar or a Lottery-pick team with nobody?”

I would love to see Kobe down here in Dallas, although I don’t think they would be possible without giving up Dirk — and that I wouldn’t do.

7. knowitAll - October 12, 2007

yes!!!! trade kobe to the mavs for dirk!!! we’ll even throw in devan george so he can be reunited with mr jackson. seriously though, that might be a trade buss would consider.

8. K.C. - October 12, 2007

You have to trade Kobe. Why would you take a chance on him walking away without compensation?? Which he very well may do in two years. Get the most you can for him and rebuild. This is done all the time in pro-sports. Arguably the two greatest Centers ever to play in the N.B.A. got traded Chamberlain and Jabbar so why not Kobe?? I find it ironic that Kobe talks trade and being somewhat unhappy for about a year. And then as soon as Buss says he would entertain a trade Kobe is shocked. The Lakers will regroup life goes on. There is probaly some 13 year old phenom on a black top somewhere dreaming of playing for the Lakers in about 5 or 6 years.A change of scenery might do both sides good.

9. abarclay12 - October 12, 2007

I would trade that bitch as fast as I could. Maybe even for 100 free slurpee machines. All he does is complain. I love the Lakers. CAN’T STAND KOBE.

10. spartan38 - October 12, 2007

I would definitely trade him. He is the Laker’s star and most predominant influence of the organization and he expresses ingratititude. He is inconsistent in the media regarding establishing his feelings towards the organization. His negative public statements make his positive ones seem fake or unsincere. I think he loves himself too much as well….don’t really like that but is a great player and is alot of fun to watch.

11. spartan38 - October 12, 2007

I do understand that he is frustrated that he cannot work off any other teammate really. And that he has a great weight to carry and everybody is depending on him being the star with nobody else coming close. I just think that he should of handled the situation better and should have not vented his negativity regarding his own position in his organization. Clearly a mistake that will not make others want to help him. Kobe’s salary is 19.5 Million each year, has a beautiful wife and has a professional basketball career and he complains. What else could a man want? Players should be judged on their evaluation of their performance not morale but many judge both in combination. He fails at a morale standpoint which is the reason I would want to trade him.

12. K.C. - October 13, 2007

This young man has been a paradox since he came into the league. A pschologist would have a field day trying to analyze his emotions. He alienates most of his teamates. They see through his fake words and feeling’s. He says he wants to be a team leader but his actions show otherwise. He and Lebron are probaly the best players in the N.B.A., but thats about the only thing they have in common. They come from very different backgrounds. I belive Kobe was somewhat privelged. James was’nt dirt poor, but he did’nt have a golden spoon in his mouth. It seems even as a prep phenom James knew how important his teammates were. With all his great dunks and moves he’s always still passed the ball to his teammates. Kobe has never mastered this concept. Over a 82 game schedule not including pre-season and the play-offs guys get to know each other, it’s called “bonding” You get to know what kind of character guys have, and how do they handle losing,rejection, and the media.Hopefully before Kobe retires Kobe will get what Lebron has already mastered and I dont mean a 360 dunk…..

13. Mr. Insider - October 14, 2007

Kobe is alot like Barry Bonds, but at least with Barry there is a deep, insecure and insightful side that Kobe does not seem to possess.
Barry is an enigma wrapped up in a mystery, Love Me Hate Me….
Kobe is just a ME ME ME bad sport who seems kinda shallow to me.
No, this is not about ‘The Rape’, tho that episode tarnished his image in a serious way for most of us fans.

Kobe came from a life of relative privelage, and acts like a preppy spoiled brat more than a superstar competitive and talented athlete.

Trade him and let some other team suffer with his crappy attitude and ‘anti-teamwork’ approach to the game.

14. chaseme32 - October 14, 2007

Sad to say but I would trade Kobe. Lakers will go down in history as the best franchise and the worst franchise for the moves that they have made over the last decade and half. Trading away two Potential hall of famers. Man, its a cold, sad day for true Laker fans, trust me, I am one of them.

15. fouledout - October 15, 2007

if he needs to go, then he must to go.
it all depends on the bargain Jerry Buss will be getting.

16. Real Talk TC - October 16, 2007

i think jerry buss needs to treat kobe just like any parent treats a spoiled child that its too late to try and discipline.. for years theyve catered to kobe. everything kobe wanted, kobe got. so, kobe is used to getting his way. now kobe is throwing a tantrum (again) and knows that if he does jerry buss and the laker organization will accomodate him. so wut buss needs to do is continue to give him wut he wants. kobe wants more money, give kobe more money. kobe wants to be traded, trade him. buss has been giving him wut he wants for all these years, why stop now? wuts gunna happen is, kobes playmates (teammates) are gunna stop playing with him because they know he doesnt wanna play with them but poppa buss promised him some candy if he sucked it up and played with them. kobe is a spoiled child. its too late to discipline him. GIVE HIM WHAT HE WANTS!!!

17. Young Kristoff - October 16, 2007

See this is where i have to defend Kobe. Mr. Insider, if good players do not like playing with Kobe tell me why they were enjoying playing with him in the Fiba tournament? Players only had good things to say about his leadership and work ethic. I feel that if kobe gets traded to a team thats in the top 8 of teh west or east, you already have to put them up there as a finals favorite, depending on who they give up of course. Secondly, I think that this situation can easily be solved if the worst GM in kupchack can make a deal and bring the players Kobe needs, that way the Lkaers can be a contender again. Hey if Ainge can make some deals I’m sure Kupchak can grow some balls and pull teh trigger with some of the deals that were offered…Bynum for Kidd for example. I think you Kobe Haters need to find another scape goat because hating Kobe bryant for wanting to win is getting old.

18. Jason T. Wilson - October 17, 2007

Its a sticky situation.. If Kobe is traded it shows other players in the league.. you can whine, bitch, and complain, your way out of anything you want.. If you make him sit his contract for the next two years then you have to deal with the side show media circus that follows Kobe.. Trust me.. we got enough of that last year in Dallas, with T.O. I do agree with some of the points made about equal value.. You will never get an equal value, on a one on one trade.. I dont personally care for Kobe.. but I will never try to take anything away from his abilities.. I can also say this much.. Any team that ends up with him, if he is in fact traded.. Would be lucky to have a player with his talent.. and knowledge of the game..

19. Mr. Insider - October 18, 2007

OK Shindig:

I don’t hate Kobe, and you have some good points. Just one question.
Do you feel he is a great team player and positive role model?

For the sake of Lakers’ people, I hope he gets the players you folks want. Then it will be a footrace.

For the record, I have to sorta be OK with Kobe now, so I can stay friends with Mr. Shindig. I can do that.

(<:)

20. Young Kristoff - October 18, 2007

Ha Mr. insider I personally think that Kobe can be a great teamate if surrounded by the right pieces, hence the Olypmic Team. I just feel that Kobe handles his frustrations in the worse possible ways. He does not know how to deal with the frustrations he comes across. For example, he could have handled shaq differently and he could have handled this trade situation differently. But as a teammate I think he can be a great teamate if surrounded with the right pieces like i said before. I kind of see him as a role model because of the work ethic, leadership, and abilities he possess, but as for off the court I do not see him as a role model because of his complaining. But at the end of the day he still is my favorite basketball player.

21. K.C. - October 18, 2007

Guys and Girls, have you ever went to the park and played in a pick-up game and played with a player on your team who you thought was the greatest player you ever played with. You go back next week and its not the same. The more you go back the less you think of the player,maybe not his ability but certain things about his deamenor or character strike you funny. Playing with Kobe at the F.I.B.A. Olympics with the greatest players that ever played in that carnival atmosphere is a lot different then dealing with that guy in a regular 82-game schedule. It’s just not a true barometer of what you’re dealing with. It’s almost like the All Star game. Guys go out of their way to be unselfish. Guys aren’t going to say it publicly,but I am sure that there are guys who dont want to play with the Kobster.

22. RACHEL - March 26, 2008

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU CANNOT TRADE KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LAKERS WOULD NOT EXIST IF IT WASNT FOR KOBE!! TRADING A SUERSTAR LIKE HIM WOULD BE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE ANY OWNER CAN MAKE!! AND YES, YOU WILL VERY MUCH REGRET DOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT!! NOT ONLY WOULD THAT HURT THE LAKERS, BUT EVERYTIME I HEAR THE NAME LAKERS…I REMEMBER KOBE BECAUSE HE IS THE REASON THEY EVEN HAD THE “3-PEAT”…AND BECAUSE I WOULD BE VERY ANGRY!! SO BY NOW YOU SHOULD GET WHAT IM TRYING TO SAY!! DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I DONT WANT TO SOUND ALL BITCHY AND BOSSY OR ANYTHING NEGATIVE!! I HAVE BEEN A LAKERS FAN FOR PRETTY MUCH 17 YEARS!! AND YES IM 17 YEARS OLD. RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE A VERY PERFECT TEAM GOING FOR THEM!! AND IF YOU KEEP IT LIKE THIS THEY HAVE A VERY BIG CHANCE OF BEING SUCCESSFUL VERY OFTEN IF NOT ALL THE TIME!! PLEASE DONT TRADE KOBE!!

P.S. IM SURE YOU REALIZED THAT NOT ONLY AM I THE BIGGEST KOBE FAN, BUT I AM DEAD IN LOVE WITH HIM!! 🙂

23. Kalabaw - August 5, 2009

boo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24. Kalabaw - August 5, 2009

the lakers is losers


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