Kobe Bryant trade
rumors mount, so do the denials
Kobe Bryant denies a trade
deal is cooking at the Lakers as the rumors continue to build
Tuesday the L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant sat on the benches
during practice for yet one more time - third consecutive, to be
exact. Lakers coach Phil Jackson is claiming that the sit-out
was by a mutual agreement and the Kobe asked the coach to "let
him rest his legs". This statement did nothing to calm down the
raging rumors that a deal for a Kobe Bryant trade is in the
works (or even already cooked).
"My job is to play the game and get
ready to play the game. That's what I'm doing. I guess people
are just intrigued by what's going on around here. I understand
that. I have a job to do. One thing I said at training camp was
that I didn't want this to be a distraction," Kobe told
reporters during a brief interview outside of the Lakers'
practice building. In May Kobe Bryant asked the Los Angeles
Lakers to trade him, but he managed to keep quiet on this
subject, until the beginning of the training camp, when Kobe
gave a few interviews saying that he was looking forward to the
start of the season with the Lakers. Now missing three practice
days in a row, it seems more and more likely that Kobe Bryant
will be playing for another NBA team soon.
Phil Jackson dodged the media questions
saying: "There's certain things that have to be discussed and
I think they will be. There's nothing imminent. I'm on the
inside of this, so I know all the statements before you ask the
questions. We can't project anything right now. I think there's
a certain progression of things we have to go through." He
also said that it has not been decided yet if Bryant will play
the SuperSonics on Thursday.