Should Kobe Bryant Demand A Trade This Season?
To no one’s surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers are not a very good team this season. We’re only four games into the 2014-15 NBA season, but it’s already pretty clear that the Lakers are going to be a sub-.500 team that misses the 2015 NBA Playoffs. So you would think that the Lakers’ lone star Kobe Bryant would be getting pretty frustrated right about now. In fact, you would think that he would be starting to think about the possibility of requesting a trade to another team. He probably only has a year or two left in the league. So why waste the time that he has left playing for a bad—really bad!—team?
You would think wrong, though. Because according to Kobe, he’s not going anywhere. He was asked about the idea of him requesting a trade to another team yesterday and came right out and said that he will not be demanding a trade this season.
“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,” he said. “But that’s not what I do…I’ve enjoyed a great amount of success here [with the Lakers]. You can’t just enjoy the successful times and then run away from the bad ones….I’m a Laker.”
It’s a nice thing for Kobe to say and, truthfully, it’s what Kobe should say at this point. We’re only four games into the young NBA season, so he can’t abandon ship completely. But ultimately, doesn’t it feel like Kobe is going to have to demand a trade? Or at the very least, be open to accepting a trade that will help the Lakers in the future and give him a better chance of winning right now?
Sadly, Kobe is not going to win a championship in Los Angeles and then ride off into the sunset after retiring. He doesn’t have enough talent surrounding him and he’s not going to have enough talent surrounding him at any point in the near future. So if he loves the Lakers as much as he says he does, he should be open to a trade this season. It’ll help him in the short term. It’ll help the Lakers in the long term. And it’ll prevent us from having to watch 78 more Lakers games that feature Kobe running around and trying to will his team to a win without any help.
Do you think Kobe Bryant will end up getting traded by the Lakers this season? Let us know.