Kobe blames the NBA owners?
Old 12-15-2011, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Kobe blames the NBA owners?

Kobe Bryant swears he's moved on from the three-team trade that was nixed by NBA commissioner David Stern last week, ultimately preventing the Los Angeles Lakers from acquiring Chris Paul.

But that doesn't mean Bryant is buying Stern's explanation that he acted independently of the protests of owners and vetoed the trade purely because of "basketball reasons."

"I think other owners did not want the Lakers to make significant improvements again," Bryant said after practice Thursday, hours before Paul's introductory news conference with the Los Angeles Clippers, less than five miles across town.

"We always contended as players that the lockout was really more so about the owners fighting amongst themselves, which is what you just saw [with the vetoed trade]," Bryant said. "You got Chris Paul coming here and the other owners weren't with that, because you don't want another great player coming to L.A., and all of the sudden Los Angeles has another player that can carry them on well after I retire. So, it's more about the owners bickering amongst themselves."

Bryant added that the Lakers were "getting hammered" by the new tenets of the recently ratified collective bargaining agreement, which will include a revenue sharing obligation of $50 million per season by the Lakers, as well as a more punitive luxury tax system that will severely penalize the Lakers unless they cut down their $83 million payroll between now and 2013-14 when the new taxes kick in.

Kobe Bryant blames owners for failed Chris Paul-Los Angeles Lakers deal - ESPN Los Angeles
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
and that's the bottom line, cause JV said so!!!

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Face it Kobe, you might not be the best team in your own city, let alone in the West. Just ride out into the sunset with Pau and Ron. or Metta, whatever he's calling himself now.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Kobe's stuck with World Peace ahahahah
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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and the whining continues...
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:14 AM   #7 (permalink)

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apparently kobe is on the side of the sheriff of nottingham.
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