Kobe Bryant Reportedly is Livid and May Demand a Trade

Kobe Bryant is livid with the Lakers, and he may demand a trade, Stephen A. Smith said Thursday.

Appearing on SportsCenter, Smith said “I predicted that Kobe Bryant will demand a trade, and I am not budging from that. He’s livid. I’ve known Kobe too long. He is ticked off.

“It’s not just because [the Clippers] got Chris Paul, which is a guy that he expected to have. It’s because Jim Buss seems to be doing the inexplicable,” Smith said. “It makes no sense. It’s one thing for the team not to have improved [after losing to the Mavericks], it’s another thing entirely for them to regress. If you know anything about Kobe, that is the last thing that he wants to do.

“It will not be pleasant at all.”

Reporter Ric Bucher said he would not be surprised if Kobe demands a trade. He added that a GM figured Kobe would demand a trade within a month.

Anyone who finds this report to be shocking doesn’t know Kobe very well. In June 2007, Kobe wanted a trade because he was upset with the front office. He wanted the Lakers to trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd and was disappointed it didn’t happen. He stuck with the Lakers and they pulled off a trade for Pau Gasol to make him happy. They reached the Finals three years in a row and won two titles with Pau.

After losing to the Mavs in the playoffs, some people felt it was time for changes. It looked like the Lakers were going to tweak the roster by acquiring Chris Paul from the Hornets, but the NBA canceled the deal. Then the front office traded Lamar Odom to rival Dallas for a pick and trade exception, leaving Kobe upset. And now we may be back to 2007 again.

It’s sad Kobe is being forced to play with some of the league’s top big men such as Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. How dare the Lakers force that upon him. And if Kobe really does want a trade, the $59+ million he’s set to make over the next two seasons will be unattractive to many teams.

Publicly, Kobe is saying he has faith in the front office. After all, in June 2008 he said he was done playing GM once the team got Pau. You have to figure that privately he is livid and upset that his team is falling behind his competition.

Around The Web

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AM7F4P4E7RKDJBEVYRGY6I3PXA Jason

    everyone is saying Kobe is “going to” ask for a trade.  And they’re basing it off of Stephen A. Smith’s prediction.  STFU until it comes out that he has asked for one.  You guys are ridiculous. No wonder there’s been such an annoying circus surrounding the NBA.  People writing about non stories.  WoW!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    When Kobe wanted a trade in 2007, he told it to Smith too. I trust that Stephen wouldn’t say something inaccurate when it comes to representing Kobe’s feelings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Zhang/626903676 Steve Zhang

    Conspiracy. Conspiracy. Everyone wants the Lakers to go down, Lakers and their fans are facing a crisis right now, it’s the jealousy in people’s heart that drove their minds to go against the Lakers nation.

    If everyone wants the Lakers to go down, but if at the end it didn’t go down, then what?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVYYZMP2OYMSJOCK32B4FOIK3I Repeat

    Chicago Bulls? Get his sixth in Mike’s palace?

  • russogd3

    Kobe’s not going anywhere and Stephen A Smith is a complete moron. It’s hilarious how
    desperate the media is for a story on Kobe.

    You don’t see this article talking about how Kobe said he thinks that the current roster can win a championship, and that he has faith in the front office. This whole idea of Kobe
    demanding a trade has ZERO credibility.

    The only negative thing Kobe has said is that he’s not happy about the Odom trade, but
    then he also said, it is what it is, the train isn’t going to stop because of it.

    Also, name a team that would be able to replace Kobe’s production in LA, his stardom which equals to hundreds of millions of dollars for the Laker organization (By far the most
    popular NBA player internationally), give up a top 5 player plus early 1st round picks, and a team that can actually afford his 25-30 million dollar a year salary.

    There is no proof or evidence of this stupid idea and it’s just being used as a tool to
    make Kobe look bad and stir up conflict in the Laker nation.

    Once you dissect the notion of the Lakers trading him, you realize that it is completely ridiculous and does not even have a 1% chance of happening. The only possibly way that
    Kobe would leave the Lakers is if he left as a free agent when his contract expires in 2014.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OMG2VUAZY5JTQ6VCYSFPOR4P3A G

    Andrew Bynum is no Dwight Howard.