Sunday, June 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm  |  43 responses

Kobe: I’m Coming Back

by Ben Osborne

Whether he opts out of his contract or not, the L.A. Times says your Finals MVP will be back in the purple and gold:

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said Friday. “I know I ain’t going nowhere. It just wastes our breath just talking about it. Let’s talk about Trevor and Lamar and the importance of bringing them back.”

Incidentally, those two are saying the right things about coming back. Phil, too. Not sure how excited the Buss Family will be to pay all these guys, but if they do all come back the Lakers will have every reason to make their third straight Finals trip.

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  • Ken

    Well, nobody else can pay him as much.

  • http://www.stbarthshome.com Tanny

    CSKA Moscow can.

  • Hubert

    Arrogant son of a b****!

  • Word of God

    I feel ya Kobe. Bask in the glow while you can.

  • Orlando Green


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This feels appropiate.

  • HushD

    Shhh….don’t tell.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    That’s what he told the white girl, but he never did.

  • Scott

    Glad its not gonna turn out like the Bulls after their ’98 chip… These guys have got a strong future still ahead of them with this core group

  • The Cool

    Why would he not come back? Best team in the L, best chance of winning a championship next year, he’s the number 1 option on the team, he can’t get payed more by anybody else, there’s no reason to leave. Phil? It’s not like he will coach another team if he leaves, so Kobe will either have to play for a different coach, or retire if he didn’t want to play for another coach. And we know he’s not retiring.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    Anton with the always appropriate humour!

  • http://slamonline blaze

    so now I can hate the lakers for at least 3 more years.. does anybody outside of LA actually like those guys?

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    i’m surprised this story has been as big as it has. did anyone really think he was leaving? especially after he got another ring

  • tindore

    this is non-news…in my opinion he should opt out take a few million less and take the max extension…Championship in LA ’10….’11???

  • stokesey

    Blaze, watch any road games the lakers play, theres always a contigant of laker fans

  • Yassi

    i was hoping for retirement…..

  • http://slamonline blaze

    band-wagoners. any team thats winning has em’. Not taking anything away from the Lakers, they had the BEST team in the L this year. just hard to like them.

  • lakers4life

    yassi i think that’s a pretty good idea.retirement.because i dont think they will repeat.they can but i just dont think they will.
    what would happen if kobe, phil j, fisher and odom retire now?wouldnt that be weird?i hope it happens.this doesnt make a lot of sense does it?

  • Marco

    doesn’t make a lot of sense, but your 2010-2011 lakers would have james in the lineup, with all the cap space that the retirements would create

  • http://www.slamonline.com analog_frog

    He ain’t goin nowhere. Because the Clips’ are an LA team too.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    As long as we don’t EVER have to endure… Joey… Buss… speaking… again… I’ll be ok.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I’m not a Lakers fan, but i don’t find it hard at all to like them. They have the best player in the world (or second-best, you decide)in Kobe, I really like watching Ariza play, obviously Pau is great, and to me as a fan of the game, watching Lamar Odom whenever he gets hot is a fun thing too. Great team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sesa-Opas/738856357 Sesa

    @Blaze, I’m not from the US. I’m not in the Lakers’ bandwagon but I appreciate the greatness of Kobe

  • http://www.twahc.blogspot.com twahc

    he wont leave man. it’s common sense, like Joey E. said.

    Let’s see if they are lucky next season.

  • riggs

    he wont leave until they start losing again.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    They’ll get one more ring in the next couple years, provided they bring everyone back.

  • bulldog

    REPEAT- REPEAT- REPEAT!! This really pains me to say this, but, Fish- you are the class act off the league- a role model and the heart and soul of the Lakers…why not retire now while you are on top? This could be a story book ending on top of a story book ending. Life isn’t perfect and it’s very selfish to put you on a pedestal- but you already put yourself there with your charm, charisma, leadership, style and class.(I can’t believe we are STILL underestimating you..) If you choose to return- we will welcome you back with open arms. Of course.

  • cassie

    yea its funny how he says that now but like three, four years ago he was opting for a trade like his life depended on it bcuz the lakes were losing and he was tslking trash about andrew bynum… kobe is ridiculous but he is a one of the best players in the nba right now so…he has that leeway but if lebron was to do that everybody would be on his balls

  • la huey

    hope they can re-sign odom and ariza and make a smooth transition from fish to farmar/brown at point. this team is young enough to be dominant for years and it’ll be fun to watch up-and-coming teams try to take the crown.

  • http://slamonline blaze

    Kobe is great, Pau is solid, Fisher is a winner, and Odom is multi talented, but they seem to play dirty sometimes. Fisher laying out Scola, Ariza’s flagrent on Rudy Fernandez during regular season (game Portland won), and other b.s. they’ve been getting away with since the days of Shaq getting whatever he wanted in the paint. And Pau has the nerve to say Dwight is too physical? geez.

  • HushD

    Even if Jerry doesn’t want to pay for both Ariza and Odom…what consolation it must be to Lakers fans to know that your other Jerry, east of the Mississippi will gift you something for nothing. Who will it be next? The Gasol brothers reunited? Maybe the Lakers will just get the #2 pick so they can decide who fits best from the draft. Blaze, I feel your pain.

  • http://slamonline blaze

    thank you hush. I hate to hate but they get alot of calls other teams just dont get.

  • HighYE

    One factor to seal Kobe’s Greatness is for him to stay a Laker for life. The haters will have a field day once he leaves the purple and gold. Mercenary.

  • http://slamonline blaze

    Arenas for Iverson and Stucky on thursday?

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    on 2k9 i picked the lakers, and traded kobe, gasol, odem, and ariza, and used Dj mbenga. he is my favorite laker, fu(k the rest of them. haha.
    oh and i also extended phil jacksons contract, and he is coaching still in 2015 haha.
    his stats go down.
    but i mean he should be wearing a shirt saying
    Check my stats on the front, and have two hands full of rings on the back haha.

  • Harrell

    This is Pointless and Painful

  • Harrell

    Also how does leavin the lakers bring hate

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Blah blah blah, whatever Kobe. Bring Ariza to Cleveland, Danny Ferry! Actually, scratch that. Leave Danny Ferry in a ditch on I-77, then get us somebody who can bring Ariza to Cleveland!

  • Jackie Moon


    Funny clip of interview of Kobe with Peter Mehlman, one of the former writers and producers of Seinfeld.

  • lalo macias

    hi, kobe is the #1 player in da world and they will probably even threepeat with gasol farmar odom and others inda lineup. Yeah…. lebron sucks a$s.. hope he never wins a championship ever ever!!!

  • Yung


  • dashizz357

    Kobe aka Lord of the Rings! Add Artist to the list and it’s back to back baby! 4sho!

  • http://NIL Isaac Jeff

    Kobe is the man, U are great bro, LAKERS is the team. Lets gooo there…….