Kobe wants out and it makes sense. LA is going nowhere and Buss is sounding like Chip Stern preaching "patience". Kobe is not a young man anymore tho he is still a franchise. But Kobe knows full well that his star-status is melting faster than the arctic icecaps. It ain't the same without Shaq and it ain't the same being treated like a lecherous villain. Kobe's LA days are in the rear view mirror whether he stays or not.
The papers say Chicago or New York. And they structure some pretty compelling Chicago trades to consider. Chicago could destroy the chemistry of their team by trading Gordon, Deng, and others. But I have to ask if that's what Kobe is really looking for - playoffs in Chicago.
Kobe may be looking for the thing Sprewell found in NY and would find nowhere else - personal salvation. NY needs Kobe and Kobe needs NY. It's not about sneakers, it's about the Big Apple and it's about evening the score with Shaq. Shaq won with Miami - that's got to sting. And sitting out the playoffs for months... That can't be sitting well either.
Chad Ford, in full Chad Ford Knicks-hater gallop, pooh-poohs what the Knicks can offer LA for Kobe but destiny may be guiding this transaction. If Shaq could hand pick his destination, it would be profoundly insulting of LA to deny Kobe that same courtesy. The choice is up to Kobe and no one else.
And if that's not true then the disconnect between Kobe and the LA management is cancerous.
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Here, dear readers, is the final resting place of all weary Knicks fans. Yes, here is where one comes when James Dolan extends yet another contract, when the Knicks trade for yet another ambulatory star, or when said fan simply hits 'rock' bottom. In short, "the ship be" eternally "sinking" here. Welcome aboard, rearrange the deck chairs as you please.