Kobe Bryant’s Life Is Falling Apart Right Now
It’s a tough time to be Kobe Bryant. Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. ‘What’s so tough about being that guy?’ you’re probably asking yourself. ‘He’s rich. He’s got five NBA championships. He practically owns the city of Los Angeles. Being Kobe Bryant must be awesome!’ But, hold up just a second.
At this particular moment in time, you couldn’t pay me to be Kobe Bryant. Yeah, that’s right. You couldn’t pay me to be dude. And this is why. For starters, Kobe’s Lakers have absolutely no chance of winning the NBA championship this year. You can try and tell me otherwise. But with the roster currently constructed the way it is, they’ll be lucky to get home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, let alone advance to the Finals. No way, no how. The Lakers traded away Lamar Odom and, with him, their championship chances—or whatever was left of them. Secondly, Kobe is going through some dramatic personal changes right now. His wife Vanessa Bryant just filed for divorce. His money situation is about to be turned upside-down. His kids are probably feeling some type of way about all the infidelity rumors surrounding their father. And, yo: The guy is reportedly living in a hotel with his dog while he tries to get his life in order. This can’t be life for Kobe Bryant!
But, here’s the main reason I wouldn’t want to be Kobe right now: If I was him, I’d want to play anywhere but in Los Angeles right now. I’d want to be far, far away from all the distractions that come about as a result of playing in L.A. I’d want to put my personal life on the back-burner for a few months to focus on basketball. I’d want to get with a team that’s actually trying to win a ‘chip this season, as opposed to trying to build for the future, which it appears the Lakers are doing. Basically, I’d want to get a fresh start before I started the last three or four years of my career. I’d want out. And, you know what? There’s no way the Lakers will trade him.
The problem is that the Lakers aren’t going to be able to get a fair trade for Kobe—and the people of Los Angeles aren’t going to let Kobe walk without getting something big in return. Even if Kobe demands a trade like he did a few years ago, they’re going to make a move here and a move there to entice him to stay, but only after he realizes that he basically has no choice. So for the time being, he’s stuck on a team that he doesn’t particularly love right now, living in a place that he’s not accustomed to living in, and waiting for something—anything!—good to happen to him.
Does that sound like a good life to you? No, right? Which is exactly why it’s tough to be Kobe Bryant right now. And why you couldn’t pay me to step into his shoes. Sorry, Kob, but your life sucks. Good luck dealing with it.