Why Kobe Bryant Wants To Be A Laker For Life

Why Kobe Bryant Wants To Be A Laker For LifeIn that meeting in the fall of 2007, near the start of training camp, Jerry Buss presented Kobe Bryant with a scenario of Bryant’s own request: a trade out of Los Angeles, out of the franchise that drafted and groomed him and taught him to be a champion.

‘True for all of them’

Even now, Kobe Bryant still thinks about that time in his life when he was too impatient, when he failed to give Buss’ own history and greatness its proper due. Whatever the owner had told him that night about a trade – Detroit or Chicago, Dallas or wherever – it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

For all Bryant’s impatience, there was still such an immense part of him that was comforted in the company of the Los Angeles Lakers’ patriarch. True for Bryant, true for all of them.


‘Lakers for life and beyond’

No one walks away from the Lakers, from Buss, and does so without a deep, lingering regret. These were the Showtime Lakers, and they would be again with Bryant and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. In his 17th season, Bryant’s belief that he’ll never wear another uniform is unwavering.

The late Jerry Buss gave Bryant the gift of Jerry West trading for him on draft day in ’96, of Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson, of five NBA championships that perhaps wouldn’t have been available anywhere else.

All these years later, Kobe Bryant is blessed to know that he never walked out on Dr. Buss, that he’ll share something with the late, great owner forever: Lakers for life – and beyond.

Do you think Kobe Bryant still could have achieved the same set of achievements if he agreed to other NBA trades? Who is your favorite NBA player of all time?

Source: Adrian, Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports

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NFL Will Not Suspend Ndamukong Suh For Groin Kick

NFL Will Not Suspend Ndamukong Suh For Groin KickThere will be no suspension for Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh this year. He got one last year for a stomp of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving. He avoided it this year for a foot to the groin of Houston’s Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving.

‘Fair decision’

“Our office has notified the Lions that Ndamukong Suh will not be suspended for last Thursday’s incident,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “It will be reviewed for a potential fine.”

It was a fair decision. There wasn’t concrete evidence from the video that Suh deliberately kicked Schaub where it really hurts. It looked suspicious, but you could just as easily make the case that it was inadvertent, although the NFL hasn’t gone that far. If the defensive tackle is fined, then the league thinks something happened. Either way, if you were to tell NFL players, coaches and fans that someone might kick someone else in the groin this upcoming weekend and ask them for the most likely perpetrator, Suh would win in a landslide. That’s his now well-earned rep.


‘Dirty plays’

We can only imagine what will happen – on purpose or accident – next Thanksgiving. This is the tricky spot the third-year lineman out of Nebraska has found himself in and one that has to be wearing the Lions down.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz remains publicly supportive of Suh, citing his disruptive presence along the line that conventional stats don’t record. No one is suggesting he isn’t valuable. No one is saying he isn’t part of the Lions’ future. Still, at some point there has to be more from Suh. More game-breaking plays. More leadership – he remains a loner in the Lions’ locker room. Just more maturity, perhaps shown via more stretches of play where he isn’t accused of dirty plays that risk suspension.

Do you agree with the NFL’s decision about Ndamukong Suh’s non-suspension? Do you believe he is a great player despite the controversies?

Source: Yahoo Sports

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