I personally think it would be funny as hell
if it turns out the Lakers fired Phil Jackson and traded Shaq to appease Kobe's massive ego, only to have Kobe pack up his stuff and move down the hallway to the Clippers' locker room.
It would certainly give the Clippers instant legitimacy. Maybe they'll get the same kinda facilities that the Lakers have now. Certainly they'd make the playoffs, and be on national television a lot more. I've got a soft spot in my heart for the perennial-underdog Clippers, and would like to see them succeed. So go ahead, Kobe, make the move!
[stands on a soapbox...]
By the way... I live in Indianapolis, and I'm looking out to the west right now. I can see Kobe Bryant's head all the way from here, and I don't have to use binoculars or anything.
Any guy who can win three championships with one of the greatest coaches in NBA history and the most dominant superstar in today's sports world and then say “Screw 'em, I want 'em out, because I want to lead this team, and if you want me, you get rid of them,” isn't just
contemptible. Because for me to call him contemptible doesn't quite describe how much I don't like Kobe.
If Kobe hadn't had Shaq and hadn't had Phil, he would not
be in a position to demand a maximum contract from his team. He wouldn't be in a position to decide the fate of two franchises, he wouldn't have won three championships, and he wouldn't be one of the most recognizable faces in sports.
If Kobe does
stay with the Lakers, it won't be long before he realizes, “Oh, shit. Back when Shaq was around, he could kick it out to me for three-pointers, and the opposition knew they couldn't key on me either, because I'd just throw it into him for a dunk. What the hell am I gonna do now that I'm the only guy on the team who can be considered, by any stretch of the imagination, dominant?”
I hope you enjoyed your championship success when you had it, Kobe. Because it's over.
[steps down off the soapbox, and rapidly drinks from a glass of water...](edited by ekedolphin on 15.7.04 1018)
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