Sunday , Oct , 28 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant’s Feud With Phil Jackson A Ploy To Speed-Up L.A. Lakers-Chicago Bulls Trade?

This is the latest evidence supporting the argument Bryant will be traded-and sooner, rather than later. Bryant has alienated Coach Jackson, his last remaining ally in the Laker organization.

Here’s the situation: Zen Master Phil was the last straw, the only prominent member of the purple-and-gold not to sign off on a Bryant trade …

ESPN.com news services reports on Phil Jackson’s frustration with Kobe Bryant:

"Obviously he hasn’t thrown his heart and soul into performing on the floor.  That hurts me a little bit. … He was going to work at this thing and [would] put his full being into this. Right now, he’s having a hard time doing that."

"I think they (his teammates) are a little bit confused. I think they are enjoying their time together right now … But I think there’s a certain sense of how does this all fit all together, which is natural because they haven’t seen a situation like this before."

Bryant disagreed:

"That [should be] the least of his concerns or anybody’s concerns. You don’t have to worry about that. I’m ready to play. Period. You don’t have to worry about me."

My Quick Take: This is the latest evidence supporting the argument Bryant will be traded-and sooner, rather than later. Bryant has alienated Coach Jackson, his last remaining ally in the Laker organization.

Here’s the situation: Zen Master Phil was the last straw, the only prominent member of the purple-and-gold not to sign off on a Bryant trade. The Buss family, out of spite, would have dealt their rebellious star by now.

Bryant knows he’s still a Laker because of Jackson‘s diplomacy. And according to published reports, Bryant knows and has even been involved in trade talks between Chicago and Los Angeles.

By alienating his coach, Bryant is knocking down the final domino within the organization and expediting the trade process. After all, the harder things are on-the-court, the faster he gets dealt.

Remember, this is the second training camp tiff between Jackson and Bryant. Last week, following Dr. Buss’ ill-timed comments, Jackson grew tired of his two-guards pouting and refused to even let him ride the exercise bike near the team. In pre-season games, Bryant has looked uninterested, uninspired and depressed.

Accept the inevitable Laker-nation. The curtain is falling on Bryant’s career in Los Angeles. And this Bryant-Jackson dispute, reminiscent of 2002, is just the latest sign.

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