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November 18, 2014 Updates
November 16, 2014 Updates

“When I knew we were going to trade Kevin, of course, you call everybody, but so many teams were in different spots,” McHale said. “Well over 20 of the teams just said, ‘He’s not going to re-sign here. We won’t be able to keep him.’ Some teams didn’t have the assets, and some teams were just in a different spot, like, ‘We’re too young to take the guy.’ “So you only had four or five teams that actually fit the parameters of, ‘OK, we’re good enough, so we’re going to try to make a deal for the guy.’ Danny had gotten Ray Allen, and he needed another piece. The Lakers had Kobe (Bryant) and that whole group, so they had pieces. But it was pretty amazing how everything dried up, and all of a sudden you’re down to just a few teams. “I looked at our owner and said, ‘Wow, it’s amazing, because the guy’s a fantastic player.’ But when you start taking in $20-something-million dollars, and then you look to see where your team is at, it gets a lot harder. The market gets a lot smaller.” Boston Herald

November 15, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have applied for a disabled player exception because of Nash’s absence, which would be worth about $4.9 million. Assuming the NBA approves it, it is unlikely the Lakers will use it to sign a player through free agency or trade. But the Lakers could seek to trade his expiring contract. “He’s probably going through a tough time to adjust as far as life without basketball at this particular point,” Scott said. “It didn’t upset me one bit. Hopefully I’ll reach out to him again and we can talk or I can get a return call.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 13, 2014 Updates

The Buss Family’s love affair with Bryant is well-known in NBA circles. “I don’t see them trading Kobe, not at all,’’ said one rival NBA team president. “The Lakers almost have to keep him, as much for business reasons as anything else, and I believe that’s what they’re going to do.’’ Forbes.com

The Lakers still made off with $122 million from their TV deal, the largest haul from a local TV rights holder in any U.S. pro sports league. And while their agreement with Time Warner provides them with three percent annual increases, how much more they make above that hinges on ratings. “Kobe brings eyes to the TV,’’ said the NBA team executive. “No, he’s not the same player he once was, but people are always going to watch Kobe Bryant.’’ Forbes.com

November 11, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson can’t talk about Kobe Bryant because of tampering rules. But the Knicks President was asked about his former star guard amid rumors that Bryant could somehow land in New York given the Lakers’ disastrous start to this NBA season: “We just have to measure, always, what’s this team’s potential?” Jackson said Monday night about his thoughts on the Bryant rumors. “What is this group’s potential? What do we have in front of us as an organization? I always used to say, ‘General managers are thinking three to five years ahead, coaches are thinking one to three games ahead, that’s about as far as they can see.’ The Knicks Blog

“”If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans,” Fox said. “But I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 10, 2014 Updates

With respect to injured guard Steve Nash, meanwhile, sources say that the Lakers are still evaluating their options. As ESPN.com reported last month when Nash was ruled out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve issues with his back, Lakers officials are planning to explore the trade market for potential deals between now and the February trade deadline with Nash's $9.7 million expiring contract. ESPN.com

Any chance they have of being relevant the next year or two solely rests with Bryant being on the floor at Staples every night, putting butts in seats as he has done for more than 15 years. And no contending team, by definition, needs Bryant. He isn't a "put them over the top" player. He's a "we have to redo our whole team to support him" player. And teams willing to do that don't have pieces attractive enough for L.A. to even look at their offers. Not happening. NBA.com

But as much as Lakers’ fans believe it’s about Kobe, Lakers’ management would have to jump at a chance for a young star to accelerate their rebuilding. Which is why Kobe to the Wizards may be the one. The Wizards have a young, potential star shooting guard in Bradley Beal. You can build with a player like him. Then you give the Lakers Nene and another player since the Wizards have plenty of guys they’re not much using to include in trade. For the Wizards, it’s the chance to take a shot, which they really don’t have now. With the addition of Paul Pierce, the Wizards are about now. Adding someone like Kobe with Pierce, John Wall and Marcin Gortat gives them a shot at the top of the weak East. And how sweet would it be for Kobe to go where Michael Jordan couldn’t win and get somewhere? Kobe’s not getting that sixth title. Maybe besting Jordan that way would appeal to him. NBA.com

And as Bryant said afterward, when he strolled out of the familiar loading dock with all the exuberance of an arena worker who just logged a 12-hour day, his loyalty to the Lakers wouldn't have changed had their season ended with the kind of 0-82 record that, at times, had almost seemed possible. "It's not going to happen," Bryant told USA TODAY Sports when asked if the temptation to change teams might still grow from here. "It's not going to happen. You go through the good times, you've got to go through the bad times." USA Today Sports

As for the idea that he might play beyond those two seasons, one that was endorsed by Jeanie Buss in a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports when she expressed a desire to re-sign Bryant after his current contract is done, Bryant isn't seeing it. For better or worse, he reiterated as he has in the past, this 19-season marriage that has brought him far more joy (five championships) than it has pain will be over after the 2015-16 campaign. "Nah, not really," he said with a grin and a shake of the head when asked if he can envision playing beyond his current contract. "But I'm so loyal to this organization, there's not a chance (of him leaving)…I've been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can't (expletive) with (that)." USA Today Sports

November 8, 2014 Updates
November 7, 2014 Updates

Your suggestion regarding the Knicks trading Stoudemire for Kobe Bryant makes so much sense to me I was wondering what would be the Knicks justification for not doing it. The initial reaction to your suggestion according to a "Knick source" was there was a 0% chance of this happening. Bruce Roberts Sam: I see it’s gotten some traction since I speculated about it Monday, though “Knicks source” in a New York newspaper generally means someone who’s been to a Knicks game or gets the subway at Penn Station under Madison Square Garden near the Knicks sign. I could understand why the Knicks might balk as though Kobe has looked great, that’s two years of big money, which cuts them off from this summer free agency. Maybe they have a guy in mind they really want. Marc Gasol’s been rumored, who probably heard good things about Phil from his brother and is a high post type center who’d work well in the offense. I know the Lakers side of needing Kobe for TV ratings, which I think is less urgent. They’ll stop watching even Kobe at 4-28. As I wrote, it’s up to Kobe and maybe he wants to wind it down in L.A. NBA.com

November 5, 2014 Updates
November 3, 2014 Updates

With the Los Angeles Lakers still searching for their first victory of the season, Kobe Bryant's quest for a sixth NBA championship has never appeared more difficult. Bryant, however, isn't ready to start issuing trade demands. "I hear the chatter of Kobe should ask out and he should go and play for a contender in this latter stage of his career," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "But that's not what I do. I'm extremely loyal to the Lakers. "I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times. It's my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It's important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis." Yahoo! Sports

"We can't get discouraged by it," Bryant said. "It's a very long season. You just have to stay the course. Keep on looking to improve, keep on looking to get better and things will eventually break. "I've enjoyed a great amount of success here. You can't just enjoy the successful times and then run away from the bad ones. No, I don't even think about [departing]. I'm a Laker." Yahoo! Sports

 

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