Re: Something I don't understand about Kobe wanting to be traded
I don't know why so many people expected the Lakers to immediately surround Kobe with superstars.
Kobe, of course, is now leading the pack in criticizing the organization, but I don't think he's being very realistic. For one thing, I don't think that either Kobe or Lakers fans realize that the other 29 teams in the league exist for reasons other than to help out the Lakers.
In 2004, when the Lakers blew up the team, what assets did they have but Shaq and Kobe? Payton and Malone signed one year deals, you can't trade free agents. Grant and Fox retired. They got what they could for Shaq, and what else is left? How exactly were the Lakers going to acquire superstars? They were still good enough to win 35-45 games, so a high draft pick was not in the cards. This also meant that no one really wanted their picks. They had no assets to trade, except maybe Derek Fisher and Devean George. And you could hardly expect to get All-Stars in exchange for those two. Free-agency? I can't count on the fingers of one hand the number of high-profile unrestricted free agents in the past 4 years. And all them dudes wanted the MAX or close to it, anyway.
Last edited by SomeBunghole : 06-20-2007 at 06:12 PM.