He has scored 22 games of 50 or more points, has made 8-straight All-Star appearances, he’s been a 7-time All-Defensive selection, he scored 81 points in one game, and he’s the best and most entertaining player in the NBA…and you’re thinking of trading him?
I’d never rooted for an NBA team and when in the summer of 2004 I decided I was going to move to Los Angeles I picked the Lakers as my team. I missed out on the Lakers three-peat and Championship appearance in 2004 and since then they’ve struggled through mediocrity. Yet, I continue to watch just about every game largely because of one player.
I have to watch every game because I never know what Kobe is going to do. Is this a game where he’ll go off for 50 points? Will he hit yet another game winning shot? Or will it simply be a sick dunk or reverse lay-up through the entire defense that will make it worthwhile?
If you trade Kobe, not only will you not get anywhere near trade value in return, but you will lose one of the top five most exciting and talented players ever. You will go down in history as being nvolved with trading the most dominant Center ever and the best offensive player ever. Is that what you want your reputation to be?
Look at past trades of superstars in their prime. Since trading Shaq, you haven’t gotten out of the first round. And what type of talent did you get in return?
-Brian Grant- is he still in the league?
-Lamar Odom- Good player but no heart and constant injuries.
-Caron Butler- Who you traded for Kwame “Brickhands” Brown.
How about when Charles Barkley was traded to the Suns? The 76ers didn’t make the playoffs for the next 6 years and who did they get in return…Jeff Hornaceck, Tim Perry, and Andrew Lang. Wait and that team missed the playoffs for 6 years straight?
Need another example? Jason Kidd traded to the Nets. The Nets hadn’t made it out of the first round since 1984. Kidd joined the Nets in 2001 and they’ve now made the playoffs 6 straight seasons including 2 NBA Finals and 4 Conference Finals.
If you think you’re going to get equal value you’re crazy. The Cavs aren’t trading James and the Heat aren’t trading Wade; not that either of those would be equal value anyways.
Don’t even think that Bryant is past his prime. Bryant’s only 29 years old and has had 16 of his 22 50-point games in the past two seasons. The closest player to compare Bryant to is Jordan. They both are fueled by competition and perfection. Jordan started his second three-peat at 32 years old. Bryant has at least 6 more great years barring a serious injury and I want those 6 years to be here in LA.