Sunday , May , 27 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant Hasn’t Asked The Los Angeles Lakers For A Trade-Or Has He?

Kobe Bryant has finally spoken after his team’s disappointing season … And apparently he hasn’t publicly asked for a trade … But why is he demanding the Lakers make changes that are beyond their means? … Is Bryant indirectly asking for a trade with his posturing? Click here for reaction….

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that has not asked the to trade him.

Bryant, Los Angeles’ franchise player, is still frustrated by the Lakers’ first round loss to the Phoenix Suns and wants the team to make immediate improvements.

“I want to see us get to a contending level. I want to see us become a championship contender, the star said. “It’s been a frustrating process for me and I’m sure it’s been a frustrating process for all Laker fans. I’m just hoping we can get to that level. I’m still frustrated. I’m waiting for them to make some changes."

Bryant has four years remaining on a contract that will pay him 86 million dollars. He can opt out of his deal in two years.

There was speculation Bryant would publicly request a trade after Los Angeles’ disappointing finish.

My Quick Take:
Bill Plaschke, a writer for the LA Times, makes an interesting point. Right now, Bryant isn’t publicly asking for a trade. But he’s backing the Lakers into a corner by demanding they make changes that are beyond their means.

Bryant knows the Lakers lack the pieces to make significant changes. Everybody in the West is getting better, too. and will end up with or .

By asking for things he knows the Lakers can’t provide, Plaschke argues that Bryant is asking for a trade without really asking for one.

Plaschke believes the purple-and-gold will be forced to move their all-world guard because of his posturing.

It’s an interesting view. We’ll find out what happens with Bryant once the Lakers make a decision on Coach Phil Jackson.

The Zen-master, who now has a close relationship with Bryant, has no contract past this upcoming season.

If the Lakers re-sign Jackson, then they’re interested in keeping Bryant and building an elite team.

However, if the Lakers let Jackson walk, then they’re no longer concerned with appeasing Bryant and will eventually trade #24.

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