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Rumor: Kobe Bryant Demands Trade

A few days after Lamar Odom was traded from his team, and a day after his beloved Lakers in-town rival dealt for Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant is now supposedly asking for a trade out of Los Angeles with a possible six suiters in desperate need for the Lakers superstar. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN believes Kobe Bryant will ask out, and is reporting that Kobe is “livid” with what is going on in LA.

The NBA is turning into a soap opera, but with daily emotional rants and trade demands instead of mysterious romances (or whatever happens in soap operas).

Bryant’s statements about the Lakers organization trading away a huge piece to their puzzle, Lamar Odom, were made public last week. The Black Mamba certainly was not pleased with the deal that sent Odom to the defending champions for nothing in return but future draft picks. Now,apparently  Bryant is fed up.

This is not the first time Kobe Bryant has allegedly requested a trade, nor will it be his last. I feel the Lakers will once again take Kobe’s latest bluff as a ploy to force the Lakers into making a big move for a proven star like Dwight Howard. In the end, Bryant is the only player in the NBA with a no trade clause, and can deny any deal that is made if he doesn’t like the parameters of the deal.

Kobe Bryant has been coddled in Los Angeles. He is spoiled. Every time he opens his mouth, he wants something to be done about it. I can understand his frustration though. The team that shares a city and arena with them has just traded for one of the best point guards in the game. The Clippers are now a formidable foe in the west.

And what did the Lakers do to combat moves made by other teams you ask? They traded away Lamar Odom for nobody that will be helping them this season. That is not good news for the Lake Show, amidst many other bad reports from that city in the past 24 hours. While the crosstown Clippers are getting younger and stronger, the Lakers are getting older and weaker. If Kobe were to ever leave Los Angeles, it will be full-blown rebuilding mode.

We will continue to update you on this developing story.

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