Sunday , Jun , 17 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant’s Statement Confirms Second Trade Demand?

Kobe Bryant has changed the date on a website post, which seems to confirm his Saturday trade demands … This is the exact same statement he issued after his first trade demand in May, but Bryant has updated the date to June 17 … What does this all mean? … Read the statement and weigh-in …

Kobe Bryant’s addresses the situation with the Lakers on his website:

June 17, 2007-The Truth: A new road ahead

Wassup y’all … Man, today is one of those surreal days for me and my family. When you love something as much as I love the Lakers its hard to even imagine thinking about being elsewhere. But, the ONE THING I will never sacrifice when it comes to basketball is WINNING. That is plain and simply what it’s all about. It’s in my DNA. It’s what pushes me to work as hard as I do. It’s my daily passion and pursuit.

The more I thought about the future, the more I became convinced that the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future. The Lakers are pursuing a longer-term plan that is different from what Dr. Buss shared with me at the time I re-signed as a free agent. I have seen that plan unfold for the last three years and watched great trade opportunities come and go, and have seen free agents passed on. That has led to the Lakers not winning a playoff series. All of that was frustrating in itself, but then, this week to have someone "inside" the Laker organization try to blame me in the media for us not being a contender right now — that is what brought me to my current position today.

I want it to be clear that I still love, with all my heart, the Laker Legacy. From Mikan to West to Goodrich to Wilt to Kareem to Magic. That will never change. And the support my family and I have gotten from Lakers fans is undeniably the best. I will also always believe that.

But, now there is a new road ahead. I am gonna keep grindin and keep workin to get back to competing for Championships. Sometimes the trek up the mountain is tough. But, I know we’ll get there.

Strength and Honor,


For more on Kobe Bryant’s second trade demand check out:

Kobe Bryant Wants Los Angeles Lakers To Trade Him Again.

-Kobe Bryant & Los Angeles Lakers Past Point Of No Return.

-You Vote: Trade Kobe Bryant Or Trade The Buss Family?

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