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The Mamba’s Not Going Anywhere

Well, you knew this was inevitable. But the SI.com headline still really leaps off the browser: “It’s Time to Consider Trading Kobe” Of course it is. Great player. God awful team. Standard OP. Or at least it would be for any other player in any other organization: But not here. The Lakers can’t trade Kobe. Only Kobe can trade Kobe, and he says he’s not going anywhere, quote: “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. But that’s not what I do. I’m extremely loyal to the Lakers. I believe in fighting through the tough times.”

Right. He’s not bouncing around at the end of his career, from team to team like some other faded stars…. No names mentioned: Shaq. And Patrick Ewing.

He wants to start and end his career in the same uniform and… he knew what he signed up for. He knew it would be bad. He just didn’t know it would be this bad. He didn’t know Steve Nash would gas out before the season even started. Or that Julius Randle would go down in the first game or that Nick Young would get hurt: but he knew they had almost no shot and he’s not looking to bail: and the Lakers aren’t looking to trade. They need to put people in the seats, they’re desperate for TV ratings, this is a star driven town and he’s the only star they have. Folks aren’t throwing huge big jack to see Carlos Boozer get abused every night. The Mamba’s not going anywhere.