Sunday , May , 27 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Breaking News: Kobe Bryant Wants Jerry West To Be Los Angeles Lakers’ GM Or He’ll Demand A Trade

Kobe Bryant will ask for a trade unless the Los Angeles Lakers bring back Jerry West as GM … And West left all doors open in an interview on Sunday evening … Click here for this story …

is unhappy with the direction of the and will demand a trade unless former GM Jerry West returns to to fix things.

On Saturday, the L.A. Times reported that Bryant had not asked Laker management for a trade, but speculated that the star was posturing for changes.

On Sunday evening, ESPN writer Rick Bucher reported that Bryant told him in an interview that he wanted Jerry West back with the Lakers to rebuild the team. If West did not return, then Bryant wanted out.

West, a Hall of Fame player and executive with the Lakers, didn’t rule out coming back to the purple-and-gold.

"I haven’t thought about it at all until Kobe brought it up today. My main priority is to [Grizzlies owner] Mike Heisley and to finish up with the Memphis Grizzlies," West said to ESPN reporter Jim Gray on Sunday. “I am fiercely loyal to Mike, as I am to Mitch Kupchak. Having said that, I’m a lifelong Laker and we will see what happens."

Bryant had another strong individual season, averaging 32 points per game. However, the Lakers had a disappointing regular season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Suns.

More to come on this story as it develops.

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