Bryant came out after yesterday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and critized the way the Lakers are handling the Pau Gasol trade rumors. Suffice it to say, Bryant was not happy when he said the following:
“It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him (Gasol) at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just (expletive) do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it.”
I think Bryant is not only frustrated with Laker management, he is pissed that his team is not doing as well as he’d like. Hell, the Lakers are looking up at the first-place Clippers (the FIRST-PLACE CLIPPERS!!!) in the Pacific Division. As it stands now, the Lakers have the 5th-best record in the wide-open Western Conference.
Simply put, if the Lakers stand pat they will not advance out of the first round of the NBA playoffs, let alone contend for a title. Bryant sees that, and is rightfully pissed about it.
At this stage of his career, Bryant is about one thing: his legacy. He has five rings, with his first three due to Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant wants to equal Michael Jordan’s six, and cement himself is one of the greatest to ever play pro basketball.
However, Bryant knows that he may not sniff another title shot anytime soon, if ever. And that is what fuels his frustration…