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Lakers Rumors: Rick Fox Could See Kobe Finishing Career Elsewhere

It is widely assumed that Kobe Bryant’s two-year extension that begins this season will be his last two years in the NBA. Once that contract expires after the 2015-16 season, Bryant will be 37 and have played 20 seasons in the league.

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However, a former teammate of Bryant’s believes that may not be the case. According to the LA Daily News’ Mark Medina, former Laker Rick Fox told Larry King that he could see Bryant going somewhere else if he feels he can win another championship:

I would not put it past him [...] If there is not a real opportunity for [Bryant] to win a championship there, the thought of him leaving may shock Lakers fans, but I wouldn’t put it past him going in search of one or two more championships. Personally, I think it’s going to get done in New York. I really do. I just believe in Phil. I’ve been around him. I know Kobe has had his greatest success with Phil in a leadership capacity. So the reuniting of the two is not an unrealistic thought.

Fox is correct in that the thought of Bryant leaving would absolutely shock and scare Lakers fans. Bryant in any other jersey than the purple and gold just doesn’t feel right.

Fox does have a point, however, in that Bryant doesn’t seem to be someone who will just walk away from the game quietly. If he feels he can still contribute at a high level and thinks he can win another ring, Bryant very well may go somewhere else.

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With his teammate and close friend Derek Fisher now the head coach and mentor Phil Jackson in charge as President of the Knicks, a reunion very well could happen in the future. But that is a future Lakers fans would prefer not to think about.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • VillainKing

    Kobe will always be a Lakers!!!PRIDE ON BEING A PURPLE AND GOLD!!!!

    • Chrmngblly

      Do you actually talk like that in real life?

      • VillainKing

        YES, I actually talk it in the real life!!Chrmngblly Fuck you!!

        • sam

          damn, i’m sure people love you for other reasons if that’s the case.

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        • Gian Marco Pau

          The FU wasn’t necessary.

          • Chrmngblly

            Thanks for the support. I don’t know why he’s such a witless ignoramus. I suppose he is as much my responsibility as anyone’s since I have as good of a chance of actually being his blood-father as any other man who was “free with his seed” in the not-too-distant past.

          • VillainKing

            Bro that FU is necessary for a guy like Chrmngblly because we are a great enemies!!

          • comrade24

            great enemies? LMFAO like you’re a super hero and he’s your arch enemy? cool. do you wear your underwear on the outside of your pants like superman or rock the new school look like batman?

          • VillainKing

            heheheh..No, the two of us like positive and negative our ideas and opinion are not the same that is why were enemies..Me and that Chrmngblly will always create conflict…

        • Chrmngblly

          I was afraid you would say that. So you are retarded In real life, too? You need to learn to cuss better, if you want to cuss me out, Kling.

          • blah blah blah

            That comment was hilarious!

          • VillainKing

            Are you still angry on me Chrmngblly after what I have done in your whore mother..heheheh

          • Chrmngblly

            You know I love you like the lost son it is possible you are to me. Was your mother greasy and unattractive?

          • VillainKing

            No, that is the exactly look of your mother Chrmngblly greasy and unattractive!!

          • Chrmngblly

            Then maybe I am not your father, after all.

          • VillainKing

            Who told you that you can be my father but I’m sure you can be a great bitch father Chrmngblly….

          • Chrmngblly

            You are the son of a greasy ugly whore, but I never pay or went with greasy ugly women like your momma—so maybe I am not your poppa.

          • VillainKing

            No your wrong again Chrmngblly I’m not wishing that you are my poppa but you can be my bitch momma..heheheh..

          • Chrmngblly

            Wow. You really do look at me as a father figure. So do many others. Your momma used to call me “Big Daddy”.

          • VillainKing

            I can call you “Bitch Daddy” Chrmngay…heheheheh

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes, call me “BitchDaddy” and I will call you “BitchBaby”. That makes sense. I didn’t know how you felt until just now. It’s bringing a tear to my eye.

          • VillainKing

            No I’m not your baby but you can be my Bitch you like that.. I know you like it Chrmngay!?!

      • Erad

        He sums up the current state of the Lakers pretty well actually. Surplus of spirit and an intellectual recession

  • vdogg

    NEVER. GONNA. HAPPEN.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I Cant Imagine Bryant Wearing A Jersey That Doesnt Read :Los Angeles Lakers Across It!

    • Gereel

      Actually only Clippers jerseys have Los Angeles on them lol

    • Gereel

      Oh ok read your comment wrong

    • Jim213

      Brought it up awhile back but it’s possible. However, it’ll come down to what product FO places on the floor.

  • lakers4life

    Rick Fox is tripping…like kobe is going to jump ship from warm weather to where it snows? And lakers have a better chance at winning a championship faster than new York..The knicks have too many bad contracts on the books still with players that nobody wants..Who ask Rick Fox for his opinion?

    • Tune

      I can easily see Kobe going to New York. Contracts aren’t forever and we don’t know how well the new owners will work out. If the front office fails Kobe, I can easily see him going back to Phil and Derek. It wouldn’t hurt his legacy either, he’s just reuniting with his old coach and championship co-captain.

      • Chrmngblly

        Not with his current contract.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Knicks are in a bad spot NOW. However, in 2016, when Kobe’s contract expires? That’s a lot of time for a man like Phil Jackson. Things in NY could be completely different by then. If the Lakers are still a mess and New York is on the cusp of contending (in a weak EC), I wouldn’t be surprised. Bummed, but not surprised.

      • jhernandez1981

        phil running a front office aint the same as phil coaching. that skill set doesn’t necessarily translate to good GM. The cat does have a tendency to air his laundry…

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          Coaching a team to a good record doesn’t mean you’d male a good GM. However, eleven championships and plenty of playoff appearances definitely means you have a great basketball mind. He didn’t luck into those rosters, playoff runs or rings. A great basketball mind sees players, and how they’ll fit into a system. It sees personnel, and how they react with players. It sees results.

          He may not win a ring, but I’m confident he’ll get the Knicks back into the playoffs on a regular basis.

          • jhernandez1981

            A GM’s job isn’t to implement players in a system, that’s the coach. He can hire and he can trade, but beyond that it aint in his hands. Interestingly enough, there’s very little in Phil’s professional career that shows an inherent knack for having an eye for potential talent that a good GM needs. He has consistently stuck with who he knows from the teams Jerry Krause and Jerry West built for him. I mean shit man, there are quality coaches on the market and he hired an inexperienced Fisher instead. I know Laker fans like to think of Phil as the second coming, but I dont see it happening for the Knicks.

          • Chrmngblly

            No. Wrong. The whole team and how they play and who they play is in his hands. The coach must act in concert with the FO as a team. Some decisions are not about basketball—they are about selling tickets. A team has to show loyalty, class, that its players care about the community beyond basketball. The team must flow from the owner through the GM, through the coach, through the players. This is why they look for high character guys everywhere.
            If the owner or GM himself is a low character guy like Donald Sterling or Jim Buss, over time it gets found out. Nobody wants to play for a racist or a pothead. That’s why I worry about the lack of excellence in Jim Buss; he’s a low achiever.
            In Phils case, It is not possible to have that much success by accident. No one can be that successful without knowing what their bosses job is, too. Phil is going to succeed.

          • Srk

            James Dolan is a low character guy as well. I wouldn’t be so quick to claim he’ll succeed when he has Dolan as the owner.

          • Chrmngblly

            Fair enough. But then it really wouldn’t be Jacksons failure, would it?

          • jhernandez1981

            You are massively overstating the level of involvement a GM has on how a team plays the game on the court. Its an administrative position whose primary function is to procure talent and negotiating contracts. He’ll likely advise whatever coaches he hires but he aint making game time decisions, he’s not strategising or working with the players.

            As for character – Phil wrote a tell all book and bad mouthed players. That happened.

          • Chrmngblly

            There seems to be no need for me to correct you on this. It will be fun to see how Phil gets it going in NY now that he has the Fish as coach and Rambis as Fisher’s assistant. I expect him to also pursue Luke and Gasol, as well.

          • jhernandez1981

            There’s nothing to correct. If Jackson goes after Gasol he’ll still be doing exactly what I’ve said. Fish and Rambis running the floor with Odom and Gasol in the 4 spot again? Those aren’t good moves.

          • Chrmngblly

            What are you talking about? Quit barking all the time, too.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t know if you see yourself as some sort of wizard or something but the rest of us talked about all of this the day PJ got hired. I have been proposing the Pau sign and trade with Nash for Tyson Chandler and change since that very day. Phil wants to run the triangle. Where’s the news?

          • jhernandez1981

            my mistake I thought I was having a conversation with a person who didn’t have there head shoved so far up there own ass that they cant see daylight. clearly i was wrong.

          • Chrmngblly

            You make a lot of mistakes….:-)

          • Tune

            You’re joking right? You don’t just select random players in free agency and the draft. You get a coach and players that can work together.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Phil hired Derek Fisher more or less as a proxy. He can build and mold Fisher into the coach he wants. From what I understand, Phil was working his way into power with the Lakers organization and Buss didn’t like that. I have confidence in Phil. He’ll improve that squad. Will they get a ring? Eh. But they will improve.

          • jhernandez1981

            If he did hire Fish with that in mind it will prove to be a huge mistake. Huge. As for the other thing… I wouldn’t presume to know anything about the Buss family inner workings, and Phil is part of that family, but I’ve never heard anything about his supposed rise to power outside of fan gossip.

      • Chrmngblly

        Yes. All NY’s contracts start running out in a year.

  • Yogabba

    Carmelo for Kobe. Do it Mitch! Lol

  • lakers last believer

    Come on Kobe is going nowhere.

  • Sohrab Zia

    theres no way. kobe knows better than anybody that him leaving LA would diminish his legacy. he’s too much in that old school jordan mind state to do sucha thing.

    • Tune

      So Jordan never played for another team but the Bulls?

      • Sohrab Zia

        not in his prime he didn’t. he came back to the wizards for the sole purpose of putting washington in a position to sell more tickets cause they were losing money. if jordan would’ve decided to go off to the knicks after winning in the 97-98 season trying to pursue a title with another team i guarantee you the glory behind michael jordans legacy would be a whole different ball game than what it is today. like clyde drexler who left portland to win titles in houston, like lebron today who left cleveland to go to miami to win titles. in sports the most revered players are the ones that stick out through thick and thin with their fans and the team they’ve play with through out their careers. its the way of the world.

        • Tune

          Kobe’s prime is him in 2 years?

          • Sohrab Zia

            dude you get my point. he wouldn’t do sucha thing without retiring first.

          • Tune

            That makes no sense. You can’t retire and play at the same time lmao.

          • Sohrab Zia

            lol you fucker. jordan RETIRED, and then he CAME BACK a few years later to play with the wizards. thats what i was trying to say. that kobe wouldn’t come back and play for another team eventually, without retiring from the lakers first. jesuss christ dude

          • Tune

            That’s still not retiring. Jordan retired and played a different sport. I guess he played for the Bulls while retired.

          • Sohrab Zia

            what are you talking about? when he retired in 1998 that wasn’t retiring? i wasn’t referring to the first time when he went to go play baseball I’m talking about his final year with the bulls. went into retirement and then came back to play for the wizards in what? 2003? either way, thats the point i was tryna make. opting out of your team like that is unbecoming and i wish more players in todays league would cut that shit out and be more like the duncan’s and dirk’s and kobe’s of the world. nowadays all the superstars huddle together and the rivalry’s and tenseness isn’t as strong as it was 10-15 years ago.

          • Tune

            It’s the literal same situation lmao. Jordan was 40 playing for the Wizards after leaving Bulls and Kobe would be 38 if he left the Lakers.

          • Sohrab Zia

            you are still not getting my point at all whatsoever. kobe bryant is still partially relevant and still will be in the 2 years he has left. my point with all of this is, that the only way it would feel okay for kobe to go off to another team is if he retires, takes sometime off, becomes irrelevant (just like jordan) and then eventually come back and play a season or two with whatever team. put all the age shit aside all I’m trying to get at with all of this is that in order for me as a laker fan to be in terms with something like this, just like I’m sure bulls fans were when jordan did it. is to do it the way jordan did it. but its not gonna happen either way so are we on the same page? and can we FINALLY stop this conversation ahaha

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          What about Shaq? Kareem? Wilt?

          • Sohrab Zia

            they’re still obviously revered players, I’m not saying that it kills your legacy completely, but it definitely has a toll on it. and there are some players like kareem who are an exception cause of all his other accomplishments.

          • Sohrab Zia

            and besides that, they’re pedestal (to a certain extent) is not as high as people like magic, bird, bill russel, etc.

  • Matt Dorlaque

    Kobe should leave right now for lakers sake. Lol at winning titles in ny. Kobe ain’t that guy anymore and sure won’t b in 3 yrs. Fox is an idiot.

    • Tune

      He never said Kobe would be the number one guy.

  • wangkon936

    I would trade Kobe for two or three guys making collectively $25M for one year. We can also unload Kobe’s two year $25M contract.

    • sam

      Thank God your not the GM. Your understanding of business would lose sales for the team.

      • wangkon936

        Like it or not, the Lakers are rebuilding. A 36 year old player doesn’t have a lot to add to a rebuilding team. Better to get some young talent if you can.

        Remember Vlade for Charlotte’s # 13 pick?

        • sam

          Comparing one of the world’s greatest athletics who is often compared to MJ to Vlade is trash agreement. Kobe brings in people to see the Lakers play, giving up one of the hardest people in the game while he still playing at a high level.

    • VillainKing

      Trade Kobe!!!What the hell are you thinking wangkon936?..are you out of your mind!!??Lakers will never trade Kobe that is the REALITY!!

    • ranel

      Kobe’s contract has a NO TRADE clause. he can’t be traded even if FO wants to trade him..he can only be traded if he agrees to be traded.

      • wangkon936

        Thanks. That is helpful.

  • J Taylor

    If the Lakers suck this year, this is Mitch’s worst fear.

    Despite his 2 year contract, I would imagine that Kobe might stick around for 1-2 seasons in a reduced role if the championship situation were present.

    At the same time, if the lakers suck, I can’t imagine Kobe would want to spend the last year of his career on a rebuilding Lakers team. – The last time the Lakers paid him tons and didn’t give him support he nearly forced a trade.

  • Aditya Sriram

    Lakers wil WIN the title next season!!! STOP IT all of the haters!!!

  • socalchargin

    Phil had jordan and kobe now carmelo hes a lucky man but he wont get any rings with carmelo fact…hes already almost 30 and hes gonna get that max contract he aint taking paycuts to get big names in there in fact carmelo wants the ball always and doesnt like another big name coming to his team…he talks championships but on the court he plays all for CARMELO sorry phil not this time… the big bad PURPLE AND GOLD will get one before the knicks…

  • Real Talk Channel

    Maybe Rick Fox should shut the fuck up and put a uniform on and try to help Kobe his ass ain’t that old to be retired for over 10 years.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Rick Fox is 44 years old.

      • Real Talk Channel

        Point is he retired too soon at 34

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          *shrug* I guess a lot of players retire around then. Especially after something like 13 years in the league. The injuries in 03-04 might have pushed him along.

  • Real Talk Channel

    I also cant see Kobe taking a pay cut to win a championship or else he would have done so with his 2 year $48,500,000 contract

  • This LadyLuvsLakers

    Rick Fox cheated on Vanessa Williams. He is a jerk.

  • Joshua McVey

    Call me a homer, but I still believe Kobe has a couple great seasons left in him, and the Lakers have potential. Depending on who they draft, and how they do in free agency, I could see them having a solid season. I personally would like to see them trade for Love, and have Gasol come in off the bench. I’m sure Pau wouldn’t be thrilled about not starting, but he could easily win the sixth man award. Either that, or put him at center. He may not have the size, but he is still one of the better bigs shooting from the perimeter. What they really need is a good pg. But if Kobe could be more of a facilitator, and have a little faith in his teammates, I think they could really surprise people.

  • venomenon

    In the video, the lady asks “when is it alright for management to consult players on staff decisions?” To that I say “Kobe.”

  • RonniePee

    I can see Kobe ending his career with the team that originally drafted him, the Charlotte Hornets and for an owner that he idolizes in Michael Jordan. Makes perfect sense. And in a weak Eastern Conference, it would be ideal. We may never see a Kobe/Lebron Finals, but we can surely see a Kobe/Lebron Conference Finals, which could be just as exciting. That’s really all the Hornets are missing is a leader and closer. Sorry Lakers Nation.

    • Clifford Paul

      Charlotte in the conference finals? LOL.

      • RonniePee

        Yes indeed!!! In that weak Eastern Conf.

  • Erad

    There isn’t another team in all of sports stupid enough to make a 35 year old 2 guard fresh off an Achilles tear the highest paid player in the league. I mean giving him a statue and a more reasonable contract would’ve kept the Lakers relevant and given the 5x champ his due, but now the next 2 seasons are basically a ‘thank you Kobe’ tour.

    Even putting aside the very real danger of lingering health issues for Kobe for the rest of his career, how good can he realistically be at this point? The only team that can give Kobe more than the Lakers ridiculous contract offer are the Phoenix Suns and their Satanic fountain-of-youth medical staff.

    • vdogg

      you have no idea how the lakers treat the salary cap.

      • Erad

        Yeah see that devil-may-care throwing money around mindset used to be a good thing then the small market/small dk owners starting pissing moaning and menstruating all over the place during the last lockout.

        Then our former POS commissioner specifically screwed us with this new idiotic CBA. Not that overpaying worn down, past their prime superstars was EVER a good thing. Now it’s essentially a death sentence. The Lakers are kidding themselves thinking they can make any kind of run at LeBron (or, for that matter, any other top tier player) offering less than max contracts.

        The ‘thank you Kobe’ tour is about as much as you can expect from the Lakers for what’s going to be awhile.

  • Johnny

    Ya, New York can have him. Listen up Buss!@$%U. P.S. take Fox with ya!

  • Lakers4Life

    I see this a likely possibility, but it’s too distant in the future to even consider now.

  • TheTruthKills

    If Kobe wants to play beyond the 2 years he signed on for I can definitely see him ending his career in another city. Also, if he’s unhappy with the on court product he could ask for a trade (he’s done it before).

  • DKWTTY

    Someone tell Rick Fox stick to being pretty and stop talking.

  • BULL

    theres a possibility .. I can see that .. with Fisher coaching, Kobe with the right pieces.. but that will be in two years when his contract up.. if we trade him, it better be for a whole lot of young good gifted talent!

  • Marty Susman

    First of all I can think of a bunch of players I would rather see in purple & gold then Kobe now… Wall, Irving, Curry to name a few young fellows…….The idea sounds possible BUT not one team other then say the Cav’s can pry Kobe from the Lakers in a trade…If the Cav’s gave the Lakers the 1st pick in this draft alone with say their troubled 2 guard the deal could happen. Mitch would gladly send Kobe off for young super talent……Having said the above, “IT WON’T HAPPEN, LA IS STUCK WITH HIS BULLSHIT CONTRACT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS…..

  • Ralph Martinez

    I believe Kobe will take an MJ approach. I whole heartedly feel Kobe is done w the Lakers. Like anyone with some class, he’ll give the Buss family a chance to make the right decision. If they fail, he Kobe moves on. And only because Kobe is selfish. Its about him, and what he wants. He already knows it may take time to reestablish a great team, but he has very little time left. Now the market becomes his to control.

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