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P&GRealist
11-03-2014, 02:20 AM
http://basketball.******.com/wiretap/235426/Kobe-Extremely-Loyal-To-Lakers-Not-Considering-Asking-For-Trade


Kobe Bryant isn't ready to start issuing trade demands as the Los Angeles Lakers look like a team that will have a difficult time reaching the playoffs.

"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," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "But that's not what I do. I'm extremely loyal to the Lakers.

"I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times. It's my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It's important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis."

The Lakers are off to a 0-4 start and have already lost Julius Randle and Steve Nash for the season.

"We can't get discouraged by it," Bryant said. "It's a very long season. You just have to stay the course. Keep on looking to improve, keep on looking to get better and things will eventually break.

"I've enjoyed a great amount of success here. You can't just enjoy the successful times and then run away from the bad ones. No, I don't even think about [departing]. I'm a Laker."

Bryant makes $23.5 million this season and $25 million in the next, which would limit the Lakers' ability to trade him.

The Lakers were unable to accomplish much in free agency with Carmelo Anthony re-signing with the New York Knicks and LeBron James going to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"It was really tough to land those free agents just because of the opportunities that they had," Bryant said. "You got 'Melo going back to New York, LeBron going back home to Cleveland. The odds just weren't in our favor. But I took comfort in the fact that the Lakers did absolutely everything possible to make it happen. Absolutely everything possible.

"We offered Pau an incredible deal. I saw them put the work in. It's much different than in 2007 when I felt like they were just sitting on their hands. This is not that case. They were going after it and being aggressive. I will fight for that till the end. They tried, tried and tried and it didn't work out. I stand behind them 110 percent. I bleed purple and gold."

Iron24th
11-03-2014, 05:17 AM
Cool cause usually "these hoes ain't loyal"

Leather Balls
11-03-2014, 05:31 AM
That loyalty is bought and paid for.

ldawg
11-03-2014, 06:56 AM
sounds good kobe, now move on. Lakers dont need to fight through anything they need to secure their pick.

Chavacano
11-03-2014, 08:15 AM
Loyal to the phat paycheck.

ldawg
11-03-2014, 12:37 PM
Dont matter if they were going hard after it or not, and by the way you are a Laker for life dont remind us we know. Kobe help them win rings now its time he help them rebuild. They will ride him if he let them, he should help them move on. Enjoy the last few years in the league this is not how we want to remember you. Pau moved on he is happy and he is back being a great player, Nash refuse to look crappy so he rather sit it out. move on. If swaggy get healthy and Lin start playing well its going to screw up the Lakers for years. Help them keep their pick help them secure a future. If he really want to help them and retire a laker return in two years on a 1 year vet min contract. At that time they should have a few young pieces he can teach how to win.

rhd420
11-03-2014, 02:32 PM
Loyalty vs "got no choice"?
Is he going to ever find another organization who will give him what he wants, no change his style of play? Not at his age and injury risk. Bravo to Kobe who is "loyal", remember he took the contract and handcuffed the Lakers, so loyalty financially was proven by this team for several years - Kobe's loyalty was bought and paid for

bleedprple&gold
11-03-2014, 02:58 PM
He has 48.5 million reasons to be loyal.

rhd420
11-03-2014, 03:03 PM
He has 48.5 million reasons to be loyal.

not really, he can be traded ... the other team takes on his salary and the Lakers gets assets draft picks, players, etc ...

BUT simply put imagine him going to a team where he has to adjust his game, not be the #1 guy, etc ... this Lakers team is built for him to win scoring titles and to a point, well he'll be the center piece and literally there will be no criticism on him because he can point to the front office, players, etc ..

BUT then again, didn't Kobe win titles all by himself for his entire career according to some Lakers fans? Why can't he do it now ... LOL

bleedprple&gold
11-03-2014, 08:40 PM
not really, he can be traded ... the other team takes on his salary and the Lakers gets assets draft picks, players, etc ...

BUT simply put imagine him going to a team where he has to adjust his game, not be the #1 guy, etc ... this Lakers team is built for him to win scoring titles and to a point, well he'll be the center piece and literally there will be no criticism on him because he can point to the front office, players, etc ..

BUT then again, didn't Kobe win titles all by himself for his entire career according to some Lakers fans? Why can't he do it now ... LOL

True the contract goes with him, but it still makes him more loyal to the franchise that gave him that contract (that no one else would have).