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Thursday, October 11th, 2007 at 1:31 pm  |  138 responses

Inside the Mind of Jerry Buss

by Marcel Mutoni

Lang linked to an article written by Mike Bresnahan in the LA Times this morning, in which Lakers owner Jerry Buss said the team is willing to trade Kobe Bryant if the right offer came along. Kind of a big deal, right? Let’s take a closer look:

“I would certainly listen,” Buss said. “At any time, I think you have to do that with anybody. It’s just part of the game, to listen to somebody who has a dissatisfied player that you think is going to fit. You can’t keep too many loyalties. You’ve got to look at it as a business. He looks at it the same way I look at it.”

“I tend not to think in basketball terms that many years down the road because things change so dramatically, but he could test the waters at that point,” Buss said. “If he still is in that frame of mind, then hopefully we can do a sign-and-trade and get some comparable talent. I would like to think that we win between now and then so that it doesn’t come up.”

What does that mean exactly? To me, basically nothing. In essence, we’re right back to square one in Lakerland. Buss claims that the team listened really carefully to offers for Kobe this summer but nothing reasonable was offered in return; and they’re going to try to win now so that he’s not unhappy in two years when he can opt out of his contract.

Here’s what I don’t get: Why even talk to the media about this; what kind of message is Jerry Buss trying to send? That his star player, and the only reason most people pay attention to his team, is expendable? Since he’s almost impossible to trade between now and 2009, instead of potentially antagonizing him even more, shouldn’t Buss be kissing up to Bryant and saying he’s doing everything in his power to surround him with better talent? Oh wait, that would make too much sense.

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  • breaker

    first!!!

  • breaker

    i am a long time links reader, since day one really when Lang took over, and since the format has changed, I’ve always wanted to do thar

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Inside the mind of Jerry Buss? Hm. Seventy-three percent 22-year-old blondes, 22 percent alcohol, and the rest is dedicated to the Lakers.

  • Donn

    OMG….More drama in Lakerland, no way??!!

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and a draft pick? Or a three way sign and trade with the Chi and Washington? Gil is a free agent this summer and he’s from LA. He’d fit in well with the players they have, sell tix and keep the team at a competitive level. I need to think about this some more. And make Russ a #24 Bulls jersey.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Please don’t let this guy turn in to Al Davis. I hope it’s not too late.
    BTW – This is the lead, above-the-fold front page story on the LA Times Sports section.
    Couldn’t they have just kept bagging on USC for a while? SH-T!

  • The Best Yet

    I hate Kobe, Jerry Buss, the Lakers and everything they stand for.

  • The Best Yet

    The Chi aint got no love for #24. Just the thought alone sickens me. Maybe Russ might approve though.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    “He said he thought the Lakers would win “50-plus games” if the roster were healthy” I agree, and this is the ONLY thing that will keep Kobe in town. Otherwise with a no trade clause AND an opt out, Kobe’s got em by the balls.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t approve.

  • Donn

    Why not Russ?

  • http://www.sokofund.org/id20.html Adrian

    Maybe he’s just jealous at all the attention Isaiah and Dolan have been getting?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I still don’t understand why you hate this idea so much. THe only thing that sickens me about is the sheer perfection of it all. Kobe in the Central with Bron, renewing the Cleveland Chitown rivalry? Kobe against Miami renewing that short livedf rivalry? Kobe in the house that Michael built, overtly challenging his legacy? Kobe in the Eastern Conference where he’s almost guaranteed a top 3 seed and a Conference Finals appearance? He provides the scoring that he team needs and he is more than worth losing Gordon and Deng as long as the team still has Nocioni and Hinrich. Not to mention the scoring opportunities he could create for that froncourt. Kobe Bryant would bring another Finals appearance to Chicago if not a chip. And you know this. Man.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Because if the Bulls were to trade Gordon AND Deng for Kobe, they’d be the Lakers Midwest, with Kobe and no low-post threats. I like the way the Bulls are developing. They need to make a Detroit move–acquire a key piece without giving up any–not a Boston one. They’re too good to blow the entire thing up now.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t HATE the idea. I just don’t like it very much. The Bulls are perfectly capable of getting to the Finals NOW. They don’t need Kobe to “lead” them there. There’s no reason that Deng and Gordon can’t provide exactly as much as–if not more than–Kobe would.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Wallace, Thomas and Noah aren’t outright post threats on their own, but Kobe would open the floor up so much, and his passing is an underrated asset. How many times how you seen him drop dime to Kwame just to have it ruined? These guys can finish. And more importantly it would still be a defensive team. I wouldnt consider it blowing the team up. How many trade rumours has Gordon been in anyway?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I like this Bulls team in its current state, but that scoring issue a REAL problem and I dont see them working it out on their own. They can only go so far if they cant put points on the board. Kobe is what gets them over the hump. To me at least.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I. Don’t. Want. Them. To. Give. Up. Deng. And. Gordon. Not sure how much clearer I can make it without resorting to unnecessary profanity and caps lock.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They need a LOW POST scorer. Not a jumpshooter. Already got plenty of those. And it’s not like they CAN’T score. They didn’t win 49 games last season on penalty kicks.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I understand. The idea of it still piques my interest though.

  • Candice

    As a Bulls fan, I agree with Russ 100!.

  • Donn

    But.Kobe.would.make.the.Bulls.a.real.threat.Dontget me wrong Russ, Deng and Gordon are nice but if you can get Kobe, you need to do it.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    23rd!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so KG woulda been the perfect fit for the Bulls. stupid mchale.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    ABDUR RAHIM.!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I disagree. For reasons above.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    (That was meant for Donn.) And yes, KG would have been perfect.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    wait, you wouldn’t have give up deng and gordon for KG, Russ?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    So can we count on you shaving anything into your head if Kobe does become a Bull, or will you just cut it off in protest?

  • Chukaz

    “Lakers owner Jerry Buss said the team is willing to trade Kobe Bryant if the right offer came along”. WHAT THE F*CK?!? We all know that the right offer ain’t gonna come along anytime soon. Maybe if H-Town offers T-Mac and Yao, the old man will trade Kobe ’til then, he should shut the f*ck up.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Kobe for Ben and Deng isn’t smart. Ben can give you 23-25 and Deng may push up to 21 ish this year plus 7 boards.I agree with russ low post is the way to go like an Abdur Rahim or even a Juwan Howard as we previously discussed.

  • Donn

    If Lebron can make the Finals with the team he had, i can’t see why Kobe, with Kirk, Nocioni, and Big Ben wouldn’t do the same.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t know what the Wolves would have wanted for Garnett. Moot point anyway.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Why not go for Jermaine O’Neal maybe what do you think they would have to give up for him?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Look, if Kobe gets traded to the Bulls, I’m not going to suddenly switch my allegiance to the Heat or something. I’m not stupid. I know he’s an amazing talent. They’d immediately become the favorites in the East. But it would seem like cheating. I wouldn’t feel the same sense of pride if the Bulls won a title.

  • namik

    Please let Kobe go to Chicago!!! Also in the East, Kobe pretty much gurantees the ECF for the Bulls. This offseason has just put me off the Lakers.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And I’m done talking about Kobe to the Bulls for today. My blood pressure has risen 50 points since the start of this discussion. (I don’t see the Pacers trading Jermaine to the Bulls, by the way. He makes WAY too much money to match salaries anyway.)

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    This is all I really have to say. It just seems like trading for any of the aforementioned players would decimate your roster due to salary constraints and talent demands. Trading for JO or KG would cost the team eitehr their entire frontcourt or backcourt. And theyre not scorers like that. Of the aforementioned players, Kobe seems to be the only one who could compensate for said losses. In my opinion of course.

  • namik

    Russ do u think that the Miami Heat felt like cheaters? Or the Lakers? Or the Celtics when they had Bill Russel? The point is to win. And as much as I like BG he doesnt look like he will ever be the player who can carry the franchise. Deng might be but I highly doubt he will turn into a player like Kobe this season. Kobe brings just as much to the Bulls as these two and he knows how to step it up in the playoffs.

  • http://miamiheat.com Reggie Evans

    Listened to Dan Patrick this morning. Mark Grace, former Cubbie and Diamondback, was talking about all sorts of sports related things. He was firmly on Kobe’s side when it came to Kobe demanding better teammates.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And if Chicago re-signs Ben before October he should be making enough money to factor into a trade ($8-10mil).

  • Donn

    Cheating? why would you feel that the Bulls were cheating by getting Kobe? How is trading for an all time great player that will put your team in a position to be a legit contender cheating?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I see what hes sayin. I think. The Bulls grew all those players and they’re almost on the cusp of greatness. To trade them all away for a “shiny coin” like Kobe is to “cheat” the fans-and the team to an extent-out of the culmination of that talent. Id kinda feel the same way, but I heart Kobe.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And “almost on the cusp of greatness” is redundant. I think. I regret saying that.

  • Donn

    Exactly Namik, the point of running a team is to make them better. Getting Kobe will simply do that for the Bulls. But as a Laker fan, i hope Bulls management feel the same way Russ feels. Bad enough seeing Shaq getting his ring in Miami, the possibility of seeing Kobe winning it all in Bulls uniform would drive me insane.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Sigh. OK, one more post. Fine.
    namik: This isn’t about the Heat or the Lakers, both of whom had good reasons for assembling their teams the way they did. This is about the Bulls. For the past few years, they’ve built up a very good team by drafting star players from solid programs and adding key free agents who fit into Coach Skiles defense-first, team-before-everything system. Last year they won 49 games and made it to the second round of the playoffs, and the core of their team is still very young. They should be among the top two or three teams in the East for the next couple of years, with a very real chance of making the Finals this year with no changes. They sell out every home game and still have a worldwide fanbase. Why bring in Kobe and all of the accompanying distractions? I’d rather see them continue to follow this road and see where it goes rather than try and take a shortcut and wind up lost in the woods.

  • http://nyctrademarks.com Anthony Verna

    How did Buss get so rich if he runs this business so cluelessly?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That said, if they could get Kobe for Gordon, Khyrapa, Noah, Duhon, Joe Smith and a pick, I’d probably do it yesterday.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Anthony: Because he bought the Lakers 28 years ago for roughly the amount that he’s paying for one year of Kwame Brown. And if he sold the team now, they’d go for roughly the GNP of Switzerland.

  • namik

    Russ your looking at it from a fans perspective whos been with the team through some tough times and are enjoying the resurgence(duh!). But from any other perspective, this is a great move for the Bulls. Esp as the point in the NBA is to win today not next year. And Kobe can definetly help with that. So I see your point but it makes a lot of sense for both sides.

  • namik

    And I highly doubt you guys will end up “lost in the woods” with Kobe.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    So, to play devil’s advocate, if this trade is so amazingly awesomely world-changingly start-making-the-rings amazing for the Bulls, why the f*ck would the Lakers make it?

  • Donn

    Hahaha..nice try Russ but you know if the Bulls were to get Kobe, Deng would have to be included in the deal…then again, were talking about Kupchak so you never know.

  • Tom

    I think the whole point of that article, was just to put it out there, “don’t expect much from this team this year”, there’s a disgruntled star, and very few tradeable pieces according to Buss. So instead of saying that in actuality this is not a more that decent team considering the system they run, he’s saying it’s gonna take a couple more years of losing to fix this mess I made. With that attitude, how can anyone expect this team to achieve…….Its too bad really, because its not a bad team…….whatever, I still believe

  • Donn

    I don’t know why the Lakers would make that deal but i don’t know why the Bulls wouldn’t make that deal.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I still believe too. Health permitting, this team is totally capable of winning. But as competitive as Kobe is, I cant fathom anyone being able to give absolute focus to a team that is already on death row in the back of their mind. If they dont trade him this year while there will still be competitive offers, then they may get shafted next year as teams would just make trades to manage their cap and sign Kobe. But the kicker is that he has that no trade clause and a short list of desired destinations. So its in the Lakers best interest to either win or stay on the phone with NY and Chicago to figure out how they can walk away from this with SOMETHING.

  • namik

    Because Russ they arent winning any time soon with or without Kobe. And like Buss mentioned, if Kobe leaves without them getting anything, they are f*cked. And Kobe wants to play in Chicago and Phoenix. They are not trading him to a West team. Oh and Kobe has a “no-trade” clause so he can hold off if he doesnt get to go to his teams. Those seem to be pretty good reasons. Oh and you keep mentioning the Bulls winning 49 games in the East. The Lakers won 40+ games the past 2 seasons in the West pretty much off Kobe.

  • http://commuity.foxsports.com/blogs/jaycarmel81 Jay Davis

    Russ, I know you don’t want to talk about this amymore, but I’m surprised nobody has said anything about what you said about the Bulls needing a post scorer.

    Who was the Bulls MAIN threat out of the post during the championship years? Wasn’t he a two-guard, too???

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And I dont see this post cracking 75, much less 100. Strange.

  • namik

    Damn lots of “Oh”s. Sorry, that was my train of thought.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I was gonna mention that Jay, but I didnt want to irk him.

  • Sko

    umm, not AbdurRahim or Juwan. on shoulda’s realize that Joe Smith makes more this season than Magloire, and it wouldn’t have hurt us terribly to give him a shot. We’ve got a bunch of skilled guys, but our frontcourt is loaded with small guys who can’t post, and come to think of it, so is our backcourt exc. Thabo (big, not can post) I can actually deal with Deng in the backcourt, even if he doesn’t significantly expand his range, because Noce and Kirk will be out there, but he has to at least post smaller guys consistently. Our main issue is we’re deepest at the 3, where the league is deepest. I can’t think of one team that is weak at the three with a spare, back -to-basket, legit 4-5

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Bottom line is I’d MUCH rather see the Lakers assemble SOME kind of a competitive team around Kobe and the Bulls keep building the way they are. Which appears to be taking them in the right direction. Capisce?

  • namik

    That’s because Russ has been putting his foot down lately. Lame…

  • http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/jaycarmel81 Jay Davis

    I think that J.O. to L.A. deal wil happen sometime before the break. Indy is gonna be top-five pick BAD this year. Bird’ll wish he did that deal this summer, because he might not get ANYTHING BACK except Kwame, Vujacic and some Jack in the Box gift certificates.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And Jay, I realize that. Didn’t just jump on the Bullswagon last week. But that leads me to my other reservation about Kobe on the Bulls, and that’s simply that I don’t think I could handle the literally THOUSANDS of inevitable “Kobe: Just Like Mike” stories that EVERYONE (SLAM included) would wind up doing. Would the Bulls bring back Phil Jackson, too? May as well, right? After all, he’d be a better coach for Kobe than Skiles.

  • namik

    Was it Ryan who said being loyal to a team is a bad idea cos ish like this happens? I am beginning to see his point.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    No, actually I said that. In the Bulls preview. Ironic, don’t you think?

  • Donn

    I fell the same way Russ, I wish the Lakers would assemble a competitive team around Kobe too.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Ryan said it like a year ago though, in his debut. Mutoni’s daddy said it too. And I said it when I was 17.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And as I’ve said before, I’d love for Kobe to stay a Laker. That way, I don’t have to feel like a traitor.

  • namik

    No Ryan said it too back one day one someone accused him of being a bandwaggoner. BTW Russ have you been down with the Bulls since 1985? And do you REALLY believe the Bulls could win the chip this year as they are right now?

  • namik

    Damn Myles stop saying stuff I wanna say a minute before me. And we’ll get to 75 easy.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I just think it’s a lot more complicated than saying “oh, Kobe’s a top-five player, so if the Bulls add him they’re automatically going to the Finals.” I’d need a lot more than this comment box (and the 20 I’ve already used) to explain why I feel the way I do. Part of the reason I feel so frustrated is that I can’t put it all in words. At least, not very well.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’ve been a Bulls fan since ’86 or so. I remember listening to their games on the radio. And yes, I think they can win a chip with the current roster. Why not? They could EASILY come out of the East, and once you get to the Finals, anything can happen.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    “So, to play devil’s advocate, if this trade is so amazingly awesomely world-changingly start-making-the-rings amazing for the Bulls, why the f*ck would the Lakers make it?”
    Thank you, Russ.

  • namik

    I smell a blog post!!!

  • Donn

    i hate being frustrated…

  • namik

    Oh and F*CK Jerry Buss.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Some drunk and hot girl probably is right now…

  • namik

    Young. Dont forget young.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If I’m going to do an entirely speculative blog post, it’s NOT going to be about Kobe going to the Bulls. It’s going to be something more lighthearted, like “Why Isiah Thomas Should Use The Full Mid-Level Exception On A Shar-Pei,” or “What Would Happen If Allan Houston And Penny Hardaway Bumped Knees?”

  • http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/jaycarmel81 Jay Davis

    I hate that damn song!!! There wouldn’t be any more “Just Like Mike” stories on Kobe than there already have been for the past seven years. How many different angles can you take on that story, anyway?

  • namik

    How about some inside stories about the NBA Russ? C’mon let us in!!

  • jordyn23

    yeah, once you get to the finals anything can happen. you can go down 4-0 to the spurs or 4-1.

  • Sko

    Russ, I feel you man, I do want to see the Lakers give Kobe a real shot, but more importantly, I want this Bulls thing to be organic, not like resident superstar-of-the- week. I really suffered watching Ron and Brad, and even Jamal in a way develop into what they became elsehwere. Elton was already real when he was here, and though I grew to really like Tyson, they traded him too. I think as good as Skiles may be in terms of instilling defensive principles, discipline, and really good inbounds plays, and even with the heart thing, Tyson and Eddie couldn’t be who they are now in Chicago. That’s why that issue, whenever in the summer it was, with articles on both of them just killed me. I feel like all of the past several years, even the dynasty, I’ve been like dam, just keep the crew together.
    On the other hand, Kobe is not Eddie Robinson, or Jalen Rose, or fugazi. Still, I don’t want to trade for him, if he wants to be here so bad (dam I know I’m gettin worked up, cuz I live in Brooklyn now) , he can come as a free agent, and maybe we can free some space with trade exceptions. I wouldn’t want to sign and trade for him either, he’s got enough money, and I don’t want to make anybody else better, if the Lakers continue to f up their relationship, that’s their issue.
    and one last thing, on the ‘like Mike’, Kobe IS a low post threat.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I still don’t think there’s any way the Lakers trade Kobe without getting at least one marquee name/personality back. Mr. Buss may like his girls younger than his cognac, but he also knows full well what side his toast is caviared on.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Incidentally, I could have ended my previous post with a period after “Kobe.”

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    what’s a Shar-Pei?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Man, in the age of Google and Wikipedia no one online should EVER ask what anything is. It’s a wrinkly breed of dog.

  • namik

    But then why even bring it up? To put Kobe in his place? To prove who’s boss? Why do the lakers have to get all the d*cks(Kobe included)??

  • http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/jaycarmel81 Jay Davis

    If I had my way, Kobe would come to Detroit for Rip, Rasheed and a pick.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    sorry Russ, i’m trying to juggle work and reading this awesome post, and checking google or wiki just completely escaped my mind.
    btw kudos to Myles for boiling Russ’ blood. Bulls was not part of the discussion until Myles brought up the trade. good times.

  • http://slamonline.com mutoni

    “And I dont see this post cracking 75, much less 100. Strange.”

    o ye of little faith.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I understand Russ , I think you’re putting it into words fine.It’s like buying a ring as opposed to earning it in a way.Not to say they wouldn’t earn it but if Kobe is the best player in the league then that’s an advantage that they paid for in a way I hope this makes sense cause I’m not conveying as I would like…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    albie: All good. And true, haha. Dammit.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I was just gonna admit I was wrong on that 100 spot if the chance came. Should’ve known better, right? That Bulls trade was bound to come up I just figured I should be the one to do it. And if Kobe does ever get traded to the Chi a certain someone will be gettting a customized #24 Bulls jersey with his name on the back. Promise. If I cant see you with stars in your head, I at least wanna see that…

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    If Kobe retires a Laker after winning another championship or two do they retire 8 and 24?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    32.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Kobe bought his wife a ring, did she earn it? I’m just sayin…

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Oh, and 100…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Dude, I have two Kobe Laker jerseys (two different Nike Swingman throwbacks) as it is–it’s not like it would be that big a deal. If Kobe did become a Bull, I’d pull for him along with the rest of ‘em. I’m a Bulls fan for life, no matter who ends up wearing the red and black.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    For more on why I’d prefer it not to happen, though, read my man Jeff Pearlman’s current ESPN.com column on the Yankees and the joy of the ride.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Im slightly surprised. And disappointed. But I already promised.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And I respect your loyalty.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Is Eboy on vacation now?

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    There’s hardly anything on espn that you don’t have to be an isider to read anymore. Pretty soon that insider page is gonna be their homepage.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Myles: I also have a Rasheed Wallace Trailblazers jersey, if that makes you feel any better.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I was just kidding. But it does.

  • http://www.insidehoops.com Jeff of InsideHoops

    Second

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I havent owned a jersey since Jordan came back with the .45

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    My first Jersey ever was a Penny Hardaway…I get sad everytime I think about how good he was.He and Grant Hill were like the face of the league in the early nineties.It’s like a basketball Ken Griffey Jr..(who I think is like the saddest story for an athlete of the 90s)

  • floe

    Basically what buss is saying is kobe’s dug this hole and he’s gonna have to sleep in it.. nothing he says wont change the business aspect of things.

  • http://b4hoops.blogspot.com/ b4hoops

    Being a long-time fan, me along with the rest of the team’s fans are now officially married to the Lakers. Seriously, they say they love me, but don’t understand my needs. Internally they’re a complete mess, nice one minute, growing horns the next. And don’t even get me started on that time of the month. How do I like having the Lakers as my wife? Ehh…the Suns are hotter.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    I no longer wear jerseys (I rock wifebeaters to the gym instead), but when I did Artest’s was one of my favorites to wear. I thought I was hard until I saw a guy at a Lakers game, on Thanksgiving no less, wearing a very nice USC OJ Simpson football jersey. But I still smile when I see the asian kid at the gym rocking the GS Spreewell jersey.

  • Donn

    Think i’m too old to wear jerseys. If i do, i refuse to wear a jersey of a player that’s younger than me.

  • Candice

    Ric Bucher just reported on ESPN that Kobe likes Chicago(of course) and Dallas. Spectulation is that Dallas is thinking about sending Josh Howard and Jason Terry for exchange of Kobe.

  • JZ

    I’m so tired of the Kobe/Lake-show drama……………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • http://b4hoops.blogspot.com b4hoops

    Ric Bucher is to Kobe Bryant rumors as Peter Vescey is to rumors about the rest of the sports world. I know Bucher’s mouth is moving, but he’s never saying anything.

  • Sko

    There is no way that trade happens

  • http://slamonline.com BK

    Even speculating this Lakers-Mavericks is pathetic.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    I really can’t imagine how Scott Skiles and Kobe co-exist.

  • karan

    kobe to phx for shawn marion and raja bell

  • http://www.google.de backboard

    amazing how educated slamonline comments can be without a certain eboy….

    myles and russ – keep it going!

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com white hot eboy

    Glad you noticed, backboard. And Myles, Bodie, Mutoni, jay, etc. I hope they keep him, because it would suck to have to basically start over and have some other team jump into the forefront from 24′s presence. Miss you guys. Although, I know the feelings not mutual. Love Eboy.

  • Todd D.

    Bus might match Bryant’s ego. No other explanation for his comments.

  • dubsgondoit

    Lakers vs. Warriors game here
    blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=146079227

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    F-ck it. Trade him. With Buss opening his trap, this story is never going to die, and will follow the team all season long.

  • Matt Sergent

    Lebron for Kobe. Done deal.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Matt – Right now, there is zero chance of that happening. Cleveland wouldn’t want to do it, and it also would never work under the cap.

  • Donn

    Kobe for DWade and Haslem!!!

  • black pinoy

    kobe for k-mart.. wouldnt it be awesome to see iverson kobe and melo in the same team…

  • Cloud S.Y Louis

    did buss really gonna trade kobe, i heard that he’s try to make it real with bulls or dallas. gordon+nocioni+tyrus thomas for kobe and jason terry+josh horward for kobe……which one can possible happen anyway?

  • ak

    Everyone keeps talking about Kobe going to Chicago. What other team could Kobe go to? 76ers? Clippers? Sacramento? Orlando?

  • http://www.robbz18.blogspot.com Robbi

    The key here is not to trade Deng. I already thought about this possible trade 6 weeks ago. They should trade Hinrich, Gordon and Nocioni. That should be the key pieces.

    If they trade Deng, then yes, they would basically be the Lakers playing in Chicago.

  • Rick

    Trade Jerry Buss, his moron son, & Mitch Cupcake for a front office that gives a dam & wants to WIN!!!!

  • Matty

    Kobe to Phx for an extended Marion, Barbosa and Atlanta’s pick.

  • Matty

    Nash, Kobe, Hill, Amare and Diaw with Bell, Skinner Banks and Strawberry and they pick up Ricky Davis or Juwan Howard with their trade exception.

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