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Jeanie Buss: Kobe should be a Laker for life

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 10, 2013 at 5:15 AM

Pierce discussed the fact that he was upset that the Celtics didn't commit to him like the Lakers have with Kobe, or the Mavs with Dirk, and the Spurs with Duncnan. I think there is some speculation out there about who the Lakers would chose, if they have a choice next summer between Kobe or Lebron. Does anyone want to play with Kobe? Like Lebron? I've said it before, there is now way that these two play with each other. Anyways, Jeanie Buss had this to say about Kobe's future.


Los Angeles Lakers executive Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to know one thing: He should be a Laker for life.

"I want Kobe to take the time that he needs to get healthy," Buss said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPNLA 710. "I don't want to see him come back any sooner than when he's ready, and I know he'll know when that is. There's no reason for him to do anything that compromises his health."

Later, when asked by ESPNLosAngeles.com to expand on that comment, Buss said, "Kobe is part of the Laker family and he always will be. There's not many players who play 18-19 years with the same franchise, and it's important to us that he has a chance to play his entire career with the Lakers."

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Reply jlil89
5:21 PM on August 10, 2013 
I would not want to trade him either. He pulls in WAAAAYYYY too much cash for that franchise. They basically print the money because of Bryant's presence,. He is a global icon. LAL has more national TV games than Miami... the freaking defending champs with the best player in the world. That's absolutely ridiculous. It would be financially stupid to get rid of him. Not to mention the PR nightmare it would create.

As nice as it would have been to hold onto Pierce to stay in green forever.... he just isn't comparable to Kobe's immense popularity. And yes, that was painful to type.
Reply rcraig617
6:33 PM on August 10, 2013 
Pierce does have a point in the lakers and mavs committing to dirk and kobe they did more then the celtics did for pierce.
Reply paul
5:59 AM on August 11, 2013 
It's a two way street, though. Paul was clearly ready to go. If he'd wanted to stay, things would have had to change. I don't think he was ready to even consider that for a moment.