Very fair question to ask.
Obviously, nearly every player in the NBA would love to be on the Lakers and play in Los Angeles. But do you think its Kobe's presence that is scaring them away from not wanting to be there?
There are 3 things to expect being Kobe's teammate.
- He's always going to get the spotlight/focus no matter what, even when he doesn't have great games. Pau Gasol played a major role in both of their NBA Finals wins but both he & Bynum received barely any press for their contributions because Kobe is a "superstar".
- Kobe is a tough teammate to play with off the court. If you aren't focused on winning he is going to call you out for it in private and even in the media. A lot of the star guys in the league today are prima donnas who are more worried about the attention they're receiving than actually taking winning games seriously. Outside of Rondo, Rose, & Durant I dont see any other young "star" player who takes winning games seriously over anything else.
- Kobe is a tough teammate to play with on the court. Doesn't focus much on getting his teammates involved like a PG or even a player like LeBron. You have to find your production outside of Kobe, but most of the time the plays will be called for Kobe to get the ball. If he doesn't trust you to make shots he won't pass it to you.