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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Kobe Bryant’s Demands Of The Front Office

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Mitch Kupchak has stressed patience in regards to the rebuild of the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant is not the most patient person in the world.

While the two have the same goal in mind of winning championships, they differ in the route to get there.

Bryant wants the team to act immediately and make major changes this summer and with good reason. Bryant’s recent two year extension is expected to be his last contract and he wants a championship.

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Kupchak, obviously, has to look out for the long term future of this franchise and does not want to make any moves for the sake of adding players.

There have been cases of teams making a number of moves in order to improve immediately. In the cases of the Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans, it hasn’t been great.

With that being said, we asked our panel of experts, will Kobe Bryant calling out the front office be beneficial in the long run for the Lakers? This is what they had to say:

Matt Moreno (@MMoreno1015): I don’t think you can really say Kobe calling out the front office will help the Lakers cause moving forward, but I don’t necessarily believe it will hurt them either. That being said, whether or not the organization will listen to Kobe is another story.

Mitch Kupchak has stated they aren’t going to sign or trade for a player or players just for the sake of acquiring them. Unfortunately for Kobe, that could mean he needs to be patient and wait for the summer of 2015.

For now, perhaps the two parties will find common ground in the firing of Mike D’Antoni and re-signing of Pau Gasol, whom Kobe has defended countless times. Aside from that, the Lakers are in a wait-and-see position with several of the notable 2014 free agents restricted or owning player options.

What I am interested in watching is how this progresses. Kobe also mentioned he wouldn’t understand if Phil Jackson wasn’t brought in for a second time. Low and behold Jackson is with the New York Knicks now.

Will this lead to Kobe speaking out again? Will he express more displeasure rather than simply pleading with the front office for change? There are a lot of elements at play here and the situation could get volatile.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): After being ruled out for the rest of the season, Kobe Bryant made it clear that he wants changes in the off-season in order for the Lakers to become a contender next season.

Obviously, the Lakers turning things around over the course of the summer doesn’t seem likely. The team has no trade assets outside of a high draft pick and despite considerable cap space, there are no real game-changers set to become free agents.

There’s an outside chance that Carmelo Anthony bolts New York in favor of Los Angeles, but anything can happen now that Phil Jackson is calling the shots for the Knicks.

Needless to say, chances are slim that the Lakers immediately build a title contender this summer. The current situation for the team doesn’t bode well for Kobe’s plea for another shot at winning a title next season.

So unless Mitch Kupchak can pull off another miracle over the off-season, Kobe’s comment seems to have hurt the Lakers rather than help them. It’s hard to blame the five-time NBA champion for wanting to play for a contender, but it may not be a realistic request at this point in time.

Ramneet Singh (@Ramneet24): Kobe Bryant has no problem speaking his mind and his latest rant focused on the Lakers’ front office and its goals heading into this summer.

Despite popular belief, Los Angeles will most likely not make major changes to the roster this summer. Rather, most of the improvements will likely come in the summers of 2015 and 2016.

The chances of signing either LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or even Carmelo Anthony are fairly slim, but the Lakers are a viable option for free agents like Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving in the upcoming summers.

Bryant would like to see the Lakers turn into championship contenders before the 2014-15 season, but without a blockbuster trade, that will likely not happen. Everyone knows that keeping Kobe on the sidelines is a tough thing to do, but keeping him away from the Finals may be even tougher.

For a player that has won five championships in his career, seeing his team bound for the lottery is not an appealing sight. However, Bryant needs to have a little more patience as the front office has it eyes on the summers of 2015 and 2016 to turn the franchise back into a perennial contender.
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Kobe Bryant On Change THIS Summer, Jim and Jeanie Buss, Coaching Staff


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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe is not giving the money back and he deserves to keep every penny of it.It’s Jim Buss that signed him to that huge deal for $48.5 million dollars so now it’s a big mess if Kobe starts bickering with FO.If Kobe cusses them out and calls them out publicly continuing this behavior will hurt the Lakers morale.It’s not getting fixed up in one off season unless LeBron James comes to help Kobe out if not them forget it this is a long process and how healthy is Kobe???

    It seems like he is the key the soon to be 36 year old coming off a serious injury and 1 year and a half of recovery from injuries that’s what the Lakers have to work with right now.Just go with the flow and see what happens.Go Lakers Go!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Good topic chosen fellas.

  • NITSbleedPURP

    ” Major Changes” does not always mean the best player in the league ( Lebron, Durant, Melo). The front office needs to make smart moves this offseason as there is A LOT of talent hitting free agency. Looks at this list:

    Eric Bledsoe
    Isaiah Thomas
    Luol Deng
    Lance Stephenson
    Chris Bosh
    Kyle Lowry
    Greg Monroe

    If the front office does their job as Dr Buss did, they will pick up one or two of these players and convince them to take less money in order to build a championship team. Lebron and Melo are staying with their current teams without a doubt. Time to spend more time on focusing on these players that can potentially speed up this rebuild process in half. Come on Jimmy, everyone is watching..

    Go Lakers!

    • lakerfan0

      They should draft Exum, resign Pau and Hill and get Monroe, so that way they would have a legit starting PG, Farmar on the bench and Marshall as backup along with the defensive presence and rebounding in Monroe and Hill. Imagine the numbers in rebounding when those 2 are on the court together!

      Just an idea.

    • Zimmeredge

      yes I agree with you. Bledsoe is maybe too much injury prone.
      Depending on the coach: i could stephenson playing with Byron Scott for he is a good averall combo. Like Jason Kidd. mister triple double. Isaiah Thomas is a great scorer and good point guard. Chris Bosh is my favorite if the big three part ways and we should go after him instead of going for Lebron. Greg Monroe is a young offensive pf/c with a lot of potential. Young and athletic. Runs the floor really well. I really hope we can grab Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.
      We need a healthy little three (Thomas/Stephenson-Parker/Wiggins-Bosh/Monroe) this way even if Nash or Bryant or playing bad or not playing at all we have players to do the job.

    • Shannon

      Agree with this. They really need someone like Greg Monroe and a legit PG. We don’t need to chase after someone like Carmelo. Get Kyle Lowry and Greg Monroe and maybe Trevor Ariza back again.

    • Kobe Will Get 6

      I like your list, however I think the Lakers should really look hard at Deng and Monroe. Deng, I think is really solid player at the 3 on offense and defense. The past few years there have been reports of the Lakers interested in Deng and hopefully this is the year we land him. As for Monroe, (although I haven’t watched much of) he does seem like a pretty good player that would be a good addition to this team. I also would love to have Bledsoe in a Lakers jersey, but it would be a long shot since he is a restricted free agent and that the Suns are most likely going to match any offers from other teams.

      As for the draft, even though I like Parker and Wiggins, I am becoming a big fan of drafting Exum due to the constant talk of him on this site. I am convinced that he could be a good addition to this team, especially since he is a 6’6 PG, that would be a tough match up for many teams in the league. However, Parker or Wiggins would still make a solid pickup, but I highly doubt the Lakers will have the 1st/2nd pick in the draft where I see Parker/Wiggins/Embiid being drafted. I can see us with the 3rd/4th-7th (hopefully with the 3rd-5th pick) where I see Exum being drafted.

      Here’s what I would like to see next year, hopefully…
      (I have 5 PGs because I don’t want to take a chance on injuries again..)

      Exum, Farmar, Nash, (just to get his contract off the books going forward), (insert another backup PG), (insert another backup PG)
      Kobe, Meeks, (insert another SG/SF)
      Deng, Young, (insert another SG/SF)
      Monroe, Hill, (insert another (C/PF)
      Pau, (insert another C/PF)

      Others on the team I would only consider are: Bazemore for defensive purposes at the PG/SG. Henry because he brings excitement to the team and if he could play well these last few games and continue to improve in the off season, but the only negative is that he has been a bit inconsistent.

      The challenge of this all is of course pay cuts, whether or not the Lakers part ways with MDA, and if the Lakers could hopefully lose most of these next 16 games to increase our position in the draft, LOL.

  • Chippaz

    If the lakers got Embiid and Anthony Davis that would make history. Two future superstar big men that are elite defenders and offensive threats. Davis is a free agent in 2015, I would invest in him before Kevin Love. Davis has a higher ceiling and is the better defender by far. He is going to be the best 4 in the league in 2 years if he’s not already. If I was Kupchak, I would try to trade for him this offseason or Irving.

  • Patty Bates

    I don’t know about you, I might sound stupid or even crazy but if we manage to get

    Bledsoe, Ariza, Sefolosha and maybe convince Pierce to take less money and resign Hill and Pau. We have a shot at competing next year.

    Bledsoe, Farmar, Marshall
    Kobe, Sefolosha, Bazemore
    Pierce, Ariza, W. Johnson
    Gasol, Kelly, (Lottery Pick)
    Hill, Sacre, (Lottery Pick)

    • J24

      I like your picks, but do you see them winning with MDA as coach? Also Nash would have to be included as I’m certain he won’t retire. Plus don’t we only have 1 lottery pick this year? Overall, I still like your lineup.

      • Patty Bates

        Yes, we do have 1 lottery pick this summer. I thought we can use that to get a big man either a PF or C. Not both. =)

      • Fantomas

        We will have a lottery pic, most likely as 4-th or 5-th seeded and second round pic, which will be # 34 or # 35. Not a bad pics to work around, right?

    • Chippaz

      Paul pierce ?? If so NO.
      Lance Stephenson , Gordon Hayward, Greg Monroe are all free agents and we can get 1. Why Ariza?

      • Patty Bates

        If PP could be had for $3-5M a year, I say why not? Deng would probably ask for $10-12M and Hayward would probably ask for Max money. Monroe for $12-13M? No thanks, I’d take Hill and Pau than over paying Monroe. Only player i’d over pay for is Bledsoe. =)

      • Fantomas

        That is right. We have to go after this guys, instead of P.Pierce and Tr.Ariza.Trevor left the Lakers, when he was a starter at 3. He went to Houston for exactly the same money, then was traded to Washington. He is not welcomed back.

    • Zimmeredge

      impossible. first Pierce (i love him as he is a LA kid) but he will join the Rivers’clipps on a vet contract.
      idk how you can get bledsoe, sefolosha, ariza keep gasol… very unlikely considering our limited cap.

      • Patty Bates

        You’re probably right, PP would sign with the clippers before signing with us. We gotta use the stretch provision on Nash to get an extra 6 Mil to spend. Ariza and Sefolosha (Just ideas) could go for 6M each a year. Again, just ideas lol

        • Zimmeredge

          yeah no problem with those ideas. it’s a bit expensive for a role player like thabo and give 6m. Ariza, i’m almost sure about this, will resign with the wiz. Deng will sign with the cavs i’m positive about this. they won’t let him go because they have made a trade for their 3 2014 draft picks. Gasol will not take a huge a paycut. he is still a 18/10/3/1,5 so he will ask for 12 minimum imo. Bledsoe will be expensive and he doesn’t worth to spend much money as he is too injury prone imo.
          i think we will try to get Parker or Wiggins and Thomas or Stephenson at the guard position and Monroe as our center.
          We need to build a mini big three. Those guys can deliver. we can’t afford to depend and rely on 40yo Steve Nash or 36yo Kobe Bryant.

          • disqus_aCzvNuGEo8

            Wiggings/Parker would be nice, but do you really think we will end up in the TOP3 worst teams? I don’t think so…I see Lakers with 5th/6th pick…

          • Zimmeredge

            i think we should tank now. we have nothing to loose. let’s maximize our chance to have one of those guys.
            go lower than Utah and Orlando… philly and bucks won’t get jabari or wiggins imo.

  • Chippaz

    2015-2016 roster

    Kyrie Irving
    Kobe Bryant
    Gordon Hayward
    Anthony Davis
    Joel Embiid

  • TheTruthKills

    Kobe’s demands are unrealistic and unlikely to be fulfilled. His job now is to mentor our lottery pick and chase the scoring record. The sixth ring isn’t going to happen.

  • Hank

    FO should do what’s best not just for the next 2yrs, but for waaaay beyond that. They can’t afford to be myopic. They shouldn’t cave to Kobe and the fans who are all for immediate gratification when the best course for long term title contention down the road is to take the methodical and patient approach. The smart route is to start with this years top 5 pick, and then over the course of the next 2-3 ofseasons, add FA’s and perhaps THE superstar to lead a newly retooled Lakers.

  • Corky Carroll

    I have read Kobes comments more than once now and I honestly feel that what he said was right on the money and was not so much as calling them out as saying what needs to be done. FO NEEDS to come together and get focused. We all wanted Phil but that was not meant to be. Kobe did not say anything out of line as I see it. He wants to win, we all do. He was just sayin’ COME ON. I do not know the possibility of this but if there was a shot at putting Jerry West back into play along with Mitch, as it was before, that could go a long way to restore faith from the fans as well as the players, potiential free agents and everybody else. We need to hope for a top 4 draft pick and nail it. As far a the coach goes that’s another story, I am sure he is a great coach but maybe not for this team. Ever since he came EVERYBODY starting getting hurt, probably not his fault but maybe his system’s fault? In any case all faith in his has been shot…. soooo??? These are the things Kobe was addressing and he was right on the money to do so. GO KOBE, GO LAKERS…. we WILL be back.

  • Richard

    I and other fans see and understands Kobe’s side. After reading this article we can see both sides of this issue. The realities of building a championship caliber team immediately does seem to be a bit much with the new NBA contract rules, limitations, etc. I see the organization doing what they can now to better compete and make the playoffs. They would have been in a much better position if they could have kept D. Howard and got Chris Paul. Do you agree?

  • Robert L. I.

    If Gasol is smart he’ll run right to the Knicks, and I think he will.
    Then Mitch could trade Kobe over to the Knicks too especially if Kobe demands it after losing Gasol. Jimbo is not done taking the Lakers to the very bottom. Not yet. After watching one dumbass move after another… Why not.

    • Anon

      Kobe is going to retire as a Laker. He would choose to retire a laker than leave.

  • Marty Susman

    Kobe is a player, not an owner so he needs to shut up & do his job & let the front office do theirs… Now I think Jim Buss has a hell of a lot to learn & he has to listen more & do less BUT KOBE got Jim to give him $48,000,000 he does not/did not deserve so he needs to either shut up, or ask for a trade..I am 100% sure if he asked, Mitch would find a good place for him….He could go to the Cav’s. & he & James agree James goes back at year end.

    He could go to the Nicks if they can scrape together 4 draft picks in the first round with two of them under 10. He can take Gasol & Nash with him as well…

    • Anon

      He would never ask that. Said it himself. He will retire a Laker over chasing a ring

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