Monday , Dec , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Jackson Doesn’t Foresee Lakers Trading Kobe Bryant

NEW YORK — The trade deadline is almost two months away, but Coach Phil Jackson doesn’t see Kobe Bryant going anywhere, the strongest such statement by a Lakers official that their top player will still be theirs at season’s end.

"There just [aren’t] any comparable situations," Jackson said. "It’s like giving up a diamond for some garnets, whatever, I don’t know."

The trade deadline is Feb. 21.

Jackson also chuckled at Bryant’s revelation Saturday to reporters that the Knicks were one of the teams on his destination list during the off-season.

"He was just being kind," Jackson said. "That wasn’t a serious issue."

Down the road, however, Jackson acknowledged that Bryant could terminate his contract after next season, which would leave two years and $47.8 million on the table but would make him a free agent…(Click here for more.)