Does Kobe Want To Be Traded?
SECAUCUS, N.J., May 30, 2007 -- According to numerous published reports early Wednesday, Kobe Bryant, who led the NBA in scoring this past season, said he wants out of Los Angeles. Later in the day, the perennial All-Star was quoted as saying he wants to be a Laker for the rest of his career. When a player of his caliber makes these kind of statements, of course it generates buzz. NBA.com is here to help you stay in the know.

WHAT THE LAKERS HAD TO SAY

Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss: Statement After Meeting With Kobe

Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss: Lakers Comment Regarding Kobe Media Comments


WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING

L.A. Daily News, June 18: Kobe's Old Is All New
"Published reports this week indicated that Bryant and Buss, both on vacation in Europe this month, met in Spain and that Bryant once again said he wished to be traded."

USA Today, June 18: Kobe Keeps 'em Guessing in L.A.

"Bryant wrote Sunday on his website that the Lakers, owned by Jerry Buss, are not supporting him with players the team needs to win championships."

TNT Overtime Video, May 31: David Aldridge: TNT Insider

"Boy do I hate it when I'm right. If you listened to the Insider a month ago, you heard me detailing the Lakers' long-term potential problems with Kobe Bryant."

Los Angeles Times, May 31: Kobe's Change of Direction Has Lakers Guessing

"The morning began with a startling declaration from L.A.'s most recognizable athlete, a demand by Kobe Bryant on a radio show that he wanted to be traded from the Lakers."

Los Angeles Times, May 31: From O'Neal to Bryant, Showtime Becomes Go Time

"It's been three years since he and Shaquille O'Neal split up, a divorce that was overdue since they were sick of each other and everyone."

New York Post, May 31: Kobe to Knicks Unlikely

"Isiah Thomas, who considers Bryant the best talent in basketball, will participate in The Kobe Lottery, if there is one."

New York Post, May 31: Peter Vecsey: Jermaine, Kobe May Team Up

"The Post has learned a championship-caliber collaborator should soon be coming to Kobe's - the city's and the team's - emotional rescue. How poetically peculiar that the player's last name is O'Neal, as in Jermaine, not Shaquille!"

Chicago Tribune, May 31: Sam Smith: Kobe Trade Won't Happen

"This is what I know for sure: Kobe Bryant is not being traded this summer, not to anyone, no matter what he says."

Los Angeles Times, May 30: Lakers Star Kobe Bryant Seeks Trade

"Kobe Bryant asked to be traded from the Lakers on Wednesday, a day after calling the team's front office "a mess," and said nothing will change his mind."

Los Angeles Times, May 30: Bryant Isn't Bottled Up On Radio About Lakers

"He said he stayed with the Lakers because Jerry Buss told him the team had a plan to build a championship team right away — only to learn "just recently" the team really had a long-range plan."

Star Tribune, May 30: Kobe Wants West to Return to Lakers With Full Authority

"Bryant has stated repeatedly in the past that he was a Lakers' fan since childhood, and wanted to be a Laker for life. But the O'Neal matter and his feeling of being misled by Buss appear have changed things."

ESPN, May 30: Kobe Bryant Seeks Trade From L.A. Lakers

"Kobe Bryant isn't happy with the Lakers' direction and wants Jerry West back in Los Angeles to fix things."

MSNBC, May 30: Kobe Wants West Back to Help Rebuild the Lakers

"Bryant became infuriated Tuesday when a Los Angeles Times columnist quoted a Lakers “insider” as saying it was Bryant’s insistence on getting away from O’Neal that prompted the trade to Miami."

Los Angeles Times, May 30: Lakers Need to Speak Now to Bring the Peace

"Continuing a week that has been as close to unforgettable as any in the Lakers' rich history, Kobe Bryant has said he wants to be traded from the Lakers."

The Times and Democrat, May 30: Kobe Wants to Be Traded

"Bryant, an 11-year veteran who turns 29 in August, urged the team at season's end to do whatever it takes to get back into championship contention. He essentially repeated those comments last weekend in an interview with the Los Angeles Times."

SportsLine.com, May 30: GM Kobe Just One Highlight of Summer in L.A.

"The last time the Los Angeles Lakers let Kobe Bryant be general manager, well, you see what happened."

Sports Book Review, May 30: Reports: Bryant Reiterates Trade Demand

"Whether it is disappointment from being bounced from the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season or the despair from playing with a undertalented roster, Kobe Bryant wants out."

Bloomberg.com, May 30: What Would the Lakers Be Without Kobe?

"Bryant, 28, has complained since the Lakers were ousted by Phoenix in the first round of the NBA playoffs that the team hasn't brought in the type of players needed to win."

Slate.com, May 30: The Kobe Haters' Manifesto

"On Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant demanded a trade. His beefs: The team didn't tell him that it would be trying to rebuild rather than contend for championships, and the front office has repeatedly planted rumors that he pushed to get rid of Shaquille O'Neal."

ESPN.com, May 30: Bryant Asks for Trade, Then Backtracks Slightly

"The story lines that have engulfed the Los Angeles Lakers in the last week hit a crescendo Wednesday when Kobe Bryant said he would welcome a trade."

Los Angeles Times, May 30: Kobe Wants to be Traded

"Despite Bryant's initial trade declaration, it will not be as easy as it appears for the Lakers to move him to another team."

Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant (Photo By: Getty Images)

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