The Take: Kobe Bryant A Clipper?
I could never see as a . In fact, it’s probably a sin to suggest Mr. purple-and-gold would ever play for L.A.’s other team.
Later tonight, I will say 7 Hail Mary’s to make up for my unholy thoughts.
But Michael Ventre, a writer for MSNBC.com, recently committed the ultimate blasphemy. In a recent article, he argues that Bryant should’ve signed with the Clippers when he was a free agent in July, 2004. He feels the Clippers, with Bryant, would now be an excellent team.
Mr. Ventre is a courageous fellow-a Joan of Arc for sportswriters. There may be merit to his argument. But once again, I could never see Kobe switching sides and trading the for the Clippers.
1) Kobe wouldn’t trade the Lakers’ history as contenders for the Clippers’ history as also-rans.
2) Kobe wouldn’t trade Wilt, Kareem, and Magic straight-up for Benoit Benjamin, Stanley Roberts, and Pooh Richardson.
3) Kobe wouldn’t trade Zen-master Phil for Mike Dunleavy-or whoever coaches the Clippers.
4) Kobe wouldn’t trade Jerry Buss for Donald Sterling.
7) Kobe wouldn’t trade ABC Christmas games for games on tape delay.
L.A.’s basketball teams are only a few games apart in the standings. But they’re still worlds apart in terms of prestige. And that’s why, Mr. Ventre, Kobe Bryant could never be a Clipper.