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November 10, 2014 Updates

A healthy Wallace may not have been so amenable to Stevens’ requests. But Wallace isn’t healthy enough to protest. “I don’t feel mentally or physically like I can go out and play 40 or 45 minutes a game,” said Wallace. “That would totally destroy my body as it is right now. The main thing is to get focused and healthy, try to get stronger.” Boston Herald

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

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November 3, 2014 Updates

One of president Phil Jackson’s big decisions this season is whether to trade J.R. Smith, and the club had recent conversations with the Pacers regarding ex-Knick Chris Copeland, according to a league source. The 6-foot-9 Copeland, whom the Pacers signed in July 2013, has an expiring contract after bolting the Knicks for a two-year, $6 million deal, so he wouldn’t affect their 2015 cap space. New York Post

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

November 2, 2014 Updates

The key, Rose said, is that looming decision with Rondo. “I think it’s going to be crucial what happens with Rondo,” Rose said. “They have to turn him into a player [through trade] and/or a few players that are going to be multi All-Stars. Once you’re able to do that and you’re a winner again then people always want to try to play for a winner.” Boston Globe

November 1, 2014 Updates

Who could forget the former NBA commissioner citing "basketball reasons" for vetoing the trade that was supposed to send Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to Houston and Lamar Odom to New Orleans in December 2011? The Lakers appeared to have acquired their most dynamic point guard since Magic Johnson, but then small-market owners raised a racket, Cleveland's Dan Gilbert in particular calling the trade a "travesty" in a lengthy letter to the league. David Stern said no. The deal was off. "Sometimes you want to say, 'Dammit, David Stern,'" Lakers Coach Byron Scott said before Friday's game. "When they made the trade, before David kind of X'd it, I was like, 'Wow, that's going to be fantastic.'" Los Angeles Times

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