By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, May 31st, 2007 at 1:03 pm in Uncategorized.
The easy thing to do right now is to rip Kobe, call him selfish, a diva, etc. There is certainly truth to such. But part of me sides with Kobe.
These players get branded as selfish and greedy, but these owners are the same way. There is NO loyalty, on either end. So, to me, its unfair to brand the players for being disloyal when the franchises are often equally shady.
What if Bryant is right? What if Buss did make the decision to not give Shaq an extension independent of Bryant’s input? Isn’t that shady of Buss to let Kobe take the knife in the court of public opinion? Isn’t that a good reflection of Kobe to keep that information to himself for so long?
What if they did promise to surround him with more talent when he signed? Can we say they’ve held up their end of the bargain? And if they didn’t, shouldn’t he have the leeway to grow sour with the franchise and distrust their promises to make the team better in the future?
I can’t believe I’m defending Kobe!
Bryant clearly had his motives, which is why he went on Stephen A show, then on Dan Patrick’s show. Why not go back to Stephen A and recant? Why not tell this to the LA Times in your exclusive with them the day before? He clearly had a plan.
But so do these teams. They connive and scheme, too. They manipulate the news and save face in public perception regularly. The lie to the fans, go back on promises and con with the best of them.
Kobe is right for looking out for himself. Who else will?