Originally posted by hat_tr1ck
I doubt that gonna happen. There's no sense in trading off the league's top scorer for somebody else. During the early Chicago Bulls era, MJ was the league's top scorer, taking them to the play-offs but never the championship, but did they trade him? They just took their time and built up the team around Jordan until a good line-up was formed to finally do their championship run.
With Kobe and Shaq around, the Lakers are already as formidable as any team could be. Granted they lack cohesion nowadays but with the play-offs so close, management's gonna make the players get their stuff together for their title defense. What's probably gonna happen is at the end of the season, the team's gonna go on a team-building seminar and iron out their kinks among them.
Originally posted by The Rock
Point taken tar-heelz.;) So what's our solution to the Laker dilemma? Do we force the triangle offense, something that Tex Winter has developed for over 30 years and has worked on the greatest player in basketball history, to change for Kobe? or do we ask, or even beg Kobe to adjust to the triangle, sacrificing his offense and his views on his "development" for the team's good? we all know how assertive and how Kobe can take charge of a game. But, this same assertiveness seems to be hampering Kobe's ability to get along with his teammates. If he does get traded, his future teammates won't be any different, they might even be less tolerant compared to today's Lakers.
For the good of the team, Kobe better understand and learn: it's Phil's rules. You break 'em, you go somewhere else.
Originally posted by harry potter
will Kobe ever change? how long was the "maturing" stage of Jordan ba? 6, 7 years? so that's about in the late 20's. oh i'll just tire myself with this, but it sure is a great risk to wait for Kobe to mature (IF he ever matures!) and a great challenge to duplicate a Jordan. Kobe has all the talent but doesn't know how to put them in the right places.