Pau Gasol trade rumors upsetting Kobe Bryant

Does Kobe have enough pull to stop the Lakers from trading Pau Gasol?

2/21/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

There have been all kinds of rumors swirling around the Lakers, most of them centered around trading Pau Gasol for Dwight Howard. Yesterday, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that this 3-way trade was a possibility:

The idea of combining Howard and Kobe might be what some people view as a recipe for a championship, but Kobe disagrees. He doesn't want to lose Gasol, and he made that clear. And if the Lakers HAD to trade Gasol, he wants it done immediately.

"It's just tough for a player to give his all when you don't know if you're going to be here tomorrow. I'd rather them not trade him at all. If they're going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they're not going to do it, come out and say you're not going to do it."

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak wasn't thrilled with Kobe's comments, and responded with a statement of his own:

"As general manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans."

So basically, he's saying that he doesn't care what Kobe wants, he's going to do what it takes to win. It makes sense, since that's his job. But should he really go against his best player, and one of the best players in franchise (and league) history?

Personally, I think Kupchak should pull the trigger on a deal, if he thinks it would make the Lakers a better team. Kobe isn't the kind of player who would pout if his friend got traded, or let it affect his performance on the court. All he cares about is winning, and I believe he'd give maximum effort regardless. He knows his days in the NBA are numbered, and he's still chasing Michael Jordan in more ways than one.

If the Lakers can make a move and end up with a starting 5 that includes Kobe, Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Metta World Peace and Hedo Tukoglu, that's a team that has a great chance to do some serious damage.

It might not make Kobe the happiest guy in the world, but it might be time for the Lakers to ignore him and win at all costs.
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2/23/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Apparently Kobe Bryant doesnt.  He didn't have enough pull to get the Lakers to keep Brian Shaw or to prevent them from offering Lamar Odom in a trade and eventually trading him.  He doesn't have the same pull that he used to have.

2/23/12   |   Tigers2010   |   646 respect

The trade will be killed by Stern. 

2/21/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13286 respect

That Scenario Doesn't Look Right Unless the Rockets are Getting a Boatload Of Draft Picks