Saturday , Aug , 04 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Silence Says Everything: Kobe Bryant & Los Angeles Lakers Still At Odds

Their silence says everything. Bryant and the Lakers are at odds. The already tense situation has been inflamed by Kidd and Bryant clicking at the Team USA Camp and Garnett getting traded to Boston, not Los Angeles. Bryant has Carpe Diem, which means seize the day, tattooed to his arm. He views the Lakers inability to get Kidd and Garnett as the anti-Carpe Diem …

ESPN’s Ric Bucher updates Kobe Bryant’s status with the Los Angeles Lakers:

The Lakers, meanwhile, have been silent, too. That’s not so good, since it’s their inability to make any significant moves that prompted Kobe to ask out in the first place.

Just understand this, in lieu of Bryant telling you himself: If he was boiling about the Lakers for not jumping at the chance to get Jason Kidd at the trade deadline, he’s now at the stage where the water has evaporated and the bone-dry pot is scorched and rattling, after having a firsthand taste of what playing with Kidd is like at the Team USA minicamp last month.

Kidd, by several accounts, was an absolute wonder during the three-day training session and equally thrilled about playing with Bryant.

"No question," said someone close to Bryant, "his frustration was made worse by Vegas."

My Quick Take: Their silence says everything. and are at odds. Bucher correctly reports that the situation has been inflamed by Kidd and Bryant clicking at the Team USA Camp and Garnett getting traded to Boston, not Los Angeles.

Bryant has Carpe Diem, which means seize the day, tattooed to his arm. He views the Lakers inability to get Kidd and as the anti-Carpe Diem. He believes the front office has been on permanent holiday, allowing rivals to improve and pounce on available talent.

I don’t know what happens from here. There are three issues with the Bryant-Laker standoff:

1) The Lakers would be hard pressed to get equal value for #24 in a trade. Such a concept doesn’t exist. Dealing him would be suicidal, so the team has decided to build around him.

2) However, the Lakers lack the assets and cap space to provide Bryant with a decent supporting cast. With each playoff loss, the tension mounts. And Bryant becomes more frustrated.

3) There’s a complication to this damned if you trade Kobe, damned if you keep Kobe dilemma. Bryant has an opt-out clause in his contract. He can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons. If he walks, the Lakers get nothing in return. This is the worst case scenario.

Again, silence says everything. It’s the calm before the Kobe-Lakers storm really hits.

What will happen between Bryant and Los Angeles? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

Click here to read and subscribe to Oly Sandor’s NBA Blog.