Or, maybe not

Well, that was certainly a quick trip to Pluto.

In the ever-evolving Kobe Bryant fiasco, it now seems that Kobe is open to staying with the Lakers. During an interview with 570-AM, Kobe said his agent, Rob Pelinka, called Mitch Kupchak this morning to inform him of Kobe’s trade demand. Yet, a phone call from Phil Jackson apparently changed Kobe’s mind. Phil told Kobe that the Lakers are not committed to building a winning roster and are going to scrap their long-term plan.

So here’s the latest from Kobe:

“I can only hope that they do something, because I don’t want to go no place else. I don’t want to. I want to stay here. I hope they do something.”

“Phil said, `we want our players to feel confortable and feel that they can trust the people they’re around.’ He said, `Let us try to work that out. Let us try to figure things out.’ That made me feel a lot better. Phil is a guy I leaned on all season for clarity and hope. Right now, it’s no different.”

“(Phil) said, `They are now determined to do something.’ They’re determined to get something done and they’re off this long-term plan thing. They want to go ahead and get something done. For me, the frustration would have been alleviated if they had told me about a long-term plan.”

Asked directly if he wanted to stay with the Lakers, “Man, more than anything. That’s why I hope they can do something. Figure something out. When Phil and I talked, it was an emotional conversation and he said, `You know what, Kobe, just let us try to figure this thing out.’ That gave me some hope because I don’t want to go no place else. I want to stay here. This is my team. I love it here.”

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  • RDG

    Kobe has long said he wants to be a Laker for his entire career. The fans love him, the fans love the team, and the fans will pay anything to have a winning team.

  • LakerFan

    Phil told Kobe that the Lakers are not committed to building a winning roster and are going to scrap their long-term plan.

    This does not make sense so do the Lakers want a winning roster or not?

  • Just wondering…

    Is it just me, or is every comment from Kobe always “Me, me, me…what about me?”

    And people wonder why so many folks can’t stand Kobe…

    Half of Famer? Probably. One of the best players in the game? For now. Best ever? Not even close. MJ beats him on the court and in class.

    Kobe should request a trade to the Spurs, that way you keep all the dirty players on the same team.

  • Trojan Pony

    Laker Fan

    I followed the link from HoopsHype.com and on their site they state, “the Lakers are now committed to building a winning roster”.

    The keyword being “now” instead of “not”. What a difference on small letter makes!

  • MH

    Kobe dirty? Just cause he wants to win and is tired of being thrown under the bus for the whole shaq ordeal? Wouldn’t you be pissed off if the organization in who you gave your all to pretty much has been lying the whole time about certain scenerios? He wants to win and he signed on to win, the lakers management are at fault for beatin around the bush and not signing key players, and also keeping in alot of secrets within the organization. n Stop trying to compare him to Mj, that’s where all the hate comes in dummy.

  • kb24forlyfe

    Laker Fan
    Please change your user name b/c it’s obvious that you are no real lakers fan. You don’t know squat about the team nor basketball. How can you blame kobe for anything. All this hate stems from people like you who just does not understand the game or the emotion behind the game. Kobe has done everything he could for this ORG and they lied to him. He was raised as laker royalty and he will stay because theres no way he can get as much love anywhere else but LOS ANGELES ROYAL PURPLE AND GOLD.

  • Lakers Fan from Philippines

    Kobe must stay. He will never be the same if he wears another uniform. We should take the word of Phil that the Lakers organization is committed to surround Kobe with a good supporting cast. Bring in Jason Kidd

  • http://none 81reasons

    Haters man,
    It’s funny though, as much as they say they tired of hearing about KOBE, as many tired old reasons as they give about why he aint all that! There they are, on every kobe, laker, nba, sports blog.
    I bet most SUNS fans spend more time 24hate’n than they do on suns blogs. (Not that there are many sons blogs) KOBE is the biggest nba story anytime all the time, because Kobe is the most polarising figure in all of sports period.
    He’s not MJ, but he is to the nba what michael was in the 90′s, and the reason people besides most LA fans always talkinbout MJ vs KB is not because lA fans think he’s better, but, who else do you compare him to?…

    The more haters hate and continue to hate as they have straight out the gate, the more oubviouse it is how prolific and important kobe is to the game.

  • http://none 81reasons

    Haters man,
    It’s funny though, as much as they say they tired of hearing about KOBE, as many tired old reasons as they give about why he aint all that! There they are, on every kobe, laker, nba, sports blog.
    I bet most SUNS fans spend more time 24hate’n than they do on suns blogs. (Not that there are many sons blogs) KOBE is the biggest nba story anytime all the time, because Kobe is the most polarising figure in all of sports period.
    He’s not MJ, but he is to the nba what michael was in the 90′s, and the reason people besides most LA fans always talkinbout MJ vs KB is not because lA fans think he’s better, but, who else do you compare him to?…

    The more haters hate and continue to hate as they have straight out the gate, the more oubviouse it is how prolific and important kobe is to the game.

  • Rick

    Dear “just wondering(5/30 2:19pm)” It IS just you! Every player in the league is a me, me, me guy. The only reason Tim Duncan doesn’t go to the media with me statements is because his org treats him like the franchise player that he is, which is a whole lot better than J Buss & Mitch have treated Kobe. You think Wade would keep silent if Pat didn’t put some talent around him? PLEASE stop forgetting that the first 6 years of his career MJ was Kobe. He had coaches and players fired, he road the backs of unwanted players and rookies, and he frequently let Jerry Krause know that he was about winning a championship and nothing else. Unfortunately many guys didn’t watch NBA ball until after Jordan started winning chips. Not many wanted to play with him or coach him in his early years. Don’t be fooled, there may be many that claim they can’t stand Kobe, but outside of Denver you would be hard pressed to find an NBA city that would turn him down given the chance to take him.

  • Ray D.

    81reasons, totally agree with your post man. But, the thing that trips me out is that on the Arizona Republic (Phoenix paper) they were already drooling of trading key players for Kobe. The same paper where they chastised him big time. Seems like once Kobe wants a trade everyone has open arms.

  • George

    I live in Chicago and am a laker fan because of Kobe Bryant.

    It’s always amazing to me how people are so quick to judge individuals just b/c they do a few things that “you” dont like. I wonder if everyone could get a look on the inside of all of our lives would there be things found that could cause us to be scrutinized to the degree Kobe is.

    Whatever you feel about Kobe, bottom line this guy is ridiculous on the court. I strongly believe that when it’s all said and done(not right now)he can become greater than MJ. He just needs a couple of pieces to get a few more rings and I believe he will.

    His competive drive is equal to that of Mike’s.

    Everyone talks about Kobe, but I bet the league would scramble to get him. He’s the best player in the game period, even King James admitted it and D-Wade talks about how he wants to work out with him in the off season, hmmmm I wonder why???

    Kobe is the man, now let management bring in some players to compliment him so he can get more rings.

  • B

    The final sentence of the above comment is a perfect summation of the entire Kobe drama.

  • SvH

    I can’t stand how people bag on kobe like that. He is so so good. GREAT. hes done things no one has ever done. things jordan hasnt done. after three years of losing i think the GREATEST player of the game today has the right to complain and the right to demand what he wants.

  • ja

    all of u people hate cause ur teams dont have a good player like kobe haterssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Quitbe

    Anyone need a 45% chukker who can’t win a series without his Daddy Shaq? He’ll ruin your team chemistry and make other players worse as well.

    Quit it with this overrated poseur Jordan. He’ll never win on any team as “The Man” since his leadership is garbage and his 45% chukking doesn’t stand out for junk.

  • Pete Parameritis

    Kobe is the BEST.