Friday, December 16, 2011
Have we seen Kobe's true colors finally?
The Chris Paul trade finally went down this week, and much to the dismay of Kobe, CP3 did not go to the Lakers. Now Kobe is showing his disapproval about the Lakers through the media. Possibly he is upset that he did not get his perennial back court mate that he wanted, or maybe he knows that he can't compete with the Paul to Griffin combo that the Clippers now have, or maybe even still, he found out that he does not control the NBA anymore. Kobe has been the lone star on the Lakers in the one horse town of L.A. since the departure of Shaq. Back then, Kobe was the spoiled superstar that could not win a championship without Shaq. The media likened him to the next Jordon, and this went straight to his head. Now that he has won championships without a fellow superstar, Pao being withheld, he truly believes that L.A. is his town. Had Paul come to the Lakers instead, it would have been a story book style tale, with the good, (the Lakers) possibly meeting the bad (the Heat) for a championship. But now, it's good vs. bad in the city of L.A., with the Lakers taking the role of the villain in the inner-city rivalry. Everybody has now joined the Clippers bandwagon, linking them to the Cubs as the nations top "lovable losers." And Kobe has taken the role of Snidely Whiplash, a bitter old man, who no longer has the NBA wrapped around his finger. So Kobe, doing what he does best, has taken a media blitz style hissy fit against Jerry Buss nationwide through sports writers, ESPN, and national media. Kobe is now calling for a trade. What kind of superstar runs away from a challenge? You never saw Michael Jordon run away from his team when the going got tough. True, there was only one team in Chicago, but Jordon knew the NBA was his, Kobe is now realizing that this is not the case for him anymore. I do believe the higher-ups in the NBA, mainly David Stern, should be shipped off to prison for tampering, conspiracy, and monopolization, but that will never happen. Bernie Madoff got off easy for what David Stern should have coming to him, but once again, that will never happen. Kobe Bryant has every right to be angry in this situation, but I believe he is directing his anger in the wrong direction. David Stern is to blame for this situation. By taking over the negotiations and making a closed door deal that would secure Billups signing to the Clippers, allowing the addition of Gordon to the Paul trade, single handily manipulated the whole league, Kobe included. The NBA is now a dictatorship. Kobe, and every player and fan in the country, have every right to be outraged by this. But in true Kobe Bryant fashion, he makes it all about himself. This will be the downfall of his legacy, not the accusations of rape, nor the feuding with Shaq. Kobe has written his suicide note, and signed it in blood.