The Lakers were not happy Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday they should waive Kobe Bryant through the amnesty provision.
But Bryant sure sounded like he didn’t care.
“He would love that I’m sure,” said Bryant following the Lakers’ 111-107 win Friday over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bryant provided an immediate rebuttal by posting 40 points on 15 of 23 shooting. Not that he had any reason to worry about his future.
The Lakers would never use the one-time provision on Bryant. First, there’s the immediate public-relations nightmare over parting ways with Bryant after winning five NBA championships and climbing to fifth place in the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Second, Bryant ranks fourth in the league in scoring (26.4 points per game) in his 17th NBA season.
That’s why Bryant rolled his eyes and smiled after I remarked Cuban would likely try to sign him if the Lakers ever followed his advice.
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