The reason I titled “Stephen A. Smith Says Kobe Bryant will Demand a Trade” is because Stephen A. has no sources nor has he spoken to Kobe he just believes it will happen.
Must be nice to just say things to stay in the news, sort of like Skip Bayless……
Kobe Bryant is livid with the Lakers, and he may demand a trade, Stephen A. Smith said Thursday.
Appearing on SportsCenter, Smith said “I predicted that Kobe Bryant will demand a trade, and I am not budging from that. He’s livid. I’ve known Kobe too long. He is ticked off.
“It’s not just because [the Clippers] got Chris Paul, which is a guy that he expected to have. It’s because Jim Buss seems to be doing the inexplicable,” Smith said. “It makes no sense. It’s one thing for the team not to have improved [after losing to the Mavericks], it’s another thing entirely for them to regress. If you know anything about Kobe, that is the last thing that he wants to do.
“It will not be pleasant at all.”
To be fair to Stephen A., Ric Bucher backs up the report.
We will see, I don’t think Kobe is going anywhere and the trade market for him wouldn’t be as great as you may think. I wouldn’t get too worked out about this Laker fan.