Can you imagine Kobe in a Warriors uniform? He would have to either jack Monta for No. 8 (of course, if Kobe comes, Monta likely goes), or find a new number, because Rick Barry’s 24 is hanging from the rafters.
For the record, I would do it in a heartbeat. Yes, Kobe can play Nellie ball. It might even be the perfect system for him because he’ll be foreced to give up the ball to keep the tempo fast, yet he has the skills to carry the team in a slower-paced, half-court game (i.e., the playoffs).
Here’s my proposal:
Warriors get: Kobe Bryant
Lakers get: Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis, Adonal Foyle, the No. 18 pick, and next year’s first round pick.
The Lakers get a proven scorer in JR, a budding star to cling to in Ellis, they get a contract that will come off the book in two years and two first rounders. If they insist, I’d give up Al Harrington instead of Foyle and keep one of the two picks.
So, what would you give up to get Kobe?