Colin Cowherd Agrees — We're Spot On About Trading Kobe
Ms. Buss, Jim -- do you mind if we call you Jim? -- we're taking over your team for the remainder of the season. Excuse us.
For the last week or so, the SportsGrid family of sportz-dorkz has been lamenting the sheer stupidity of the Los Angeles Lakers' current situation. Eric Goldschein and I, we're Knicks fans, and we've noticed the stink coming from downtown L.A. and it's eerily familiar. We're getting PTSD flashbacks of 2001, when the Knicks were playing with one arm tied behind their backs because of a monstrous contract extension given to Allan Houston (predicated on a few lucky bounces in the previous season's first-round playoff upset of the top seeded Miami Heat).
Here's what we learned in the ensuing decade: Don't reward previous performance, pay for future contributions.
Kobe Bryant's remaining two years are handicapping the Lakers ability to both acquire free agents AND draft top players. So long as he's on your team, your chances of pulling that priceless top-pick ping pong ball are dramatically lower -- regardless of what the Cavs managed to do last season. Kobe's drive to win is too strong to let his team win less than 20 games. Unfortunately, that's what the Lakers need: A horrible season. Why? Because, with the exception of Tony Parker, you can't build a championship winning team with mid first-round picks.
But the case for trading Kobe Bryant doesn't end there. Dealing Kobe Bryant gives the Lakers a chance to acquire young talent and draft picks via trade, and free up cap space this offseason, when LaMarcus Aldridge -- the second best scoring PF in the NBA -- becomes available. He's 29, not 36.
Also, this summer is when Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo, and Greg Monroe become unrestricted free agents, while a whole slew of quality guys (all younger than Kobe) will have player options to join a Lakers dynasty on the ground floor (Goran Dragic, Eric Gordon, Paul Millsap, Hibbert, Lopez, etc.). Why not open your doors to the possibility of employing three-five top NBA players in their prime? Why keep the grumpy bouncer from Lower Merion High School standing guard at the front of the Staples Center? Why cling to the dynasties of yesteryear?
The short answer: Because way too many "Lakers fans" are bigger Kobe fans, and they're scared of bottoming out.
Guys, it's gonna get worse before it gets better -- trust us. Better to have your team's destruction be controlled than a delusional circus of the damned. Let Kobe go persue a championship elsewhere and give yourselves an exciting, young, new squad to watch develop over the next three seasons.
Check out our roundup of the rumored Kobe trade scenarios, here, and watch ESPN's Colin Cowherd shout us out on his radio program for said trade scenarios, below.
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