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Kobe on Lakers’ offseason: “I’m happy with the effort”

Jul 18, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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The Lakers met with LeBron James’ agent, which is as much as any team did save the only place the game’s best player was going to go if he wasn’t staying in Miami. The Lakers missed on that one.

The Lakers got a meeting with Carmelo Anthony, offered a max contact and got him to seriously consider it. But he decided for another major market and an extra $27 million guaranteed. Another miss.

So the Lakers went to their Plan B of guys on short contracts so they can make runs next year — Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill (at $9 million?), Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Ed Davis, Xavier Henry.

How does Kobe Bryant — a guy who has said he wants to win a title in the next couple years — feel about this? He likes the effort, he told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

It’s going to be a rough year for the Lakers. And whoever their coach ends up being.

They won 27 games in a disastrous last season but the other teams at the bottom of the West — Utah, Sacramento, New Orleans — should improve this season and the Lakers have not gotten better on paper. We’ll see how Kobe plays, if he is close to the 2012 self again or not. Even if he is, the Lakers still could be the worst team in the West.

How long will Kobe be happy with a good effort from Lakers management and not results?

It just feels like that is a potential earthquake waiting to hit Los Angeles.

  1. JT - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Can’t blame Kobe, everyone knew Melo was taking the most money or he would’ve went to Chicago.. Mike D pretty much ran Gasol away and he’s on the decline anyways should’ve traded him for younger pieces years ago when he was a prime target.. I wish we would’ve offered Thomas but the Linn trade stopped that.. Maybe Kobe is overpaid but fans will pay to see him so it equals out.

  2. divan22 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Why do people keep blaming Kobe’s contract for the Lakers inability to sign stars?

    Blame Kobe’s selfishness, not his contract. The Lakers still had PLENTY of money to throw at another superstar… it’s just that no superstar wants to play with a selfish, old, declining player who still insists on being the team’s #1 option.

    The shot distribution when Kobe had Dwight and Pau as teammates was disgraceful. Dwight left last year, Pau left this year. The only question left: when will the Kobe Klan realize their boy is the problem?

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