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.”