To Live and Die In L.A., The Miracle That is Kevin Everett
The Kobe Bryant/Los Angeles Lakers feud is at the point of no return, it is now possible to believe that Bryant will not begin the season in the Purple and Gold.
Regardless of when Byrant is traded, its effect will be profound effect on the NBA landscape. Does a move to Chicago give the Eastern Conference one more team to challenge the San Antonio Spurs’ supremacy? How does a trade to Dallas for Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard really improve Bryant’s title hopes?
You can count on this story becoming more of a circus before the trigger is pulled on a deal. It began on Tuesday when it was rumored that Bryant cleaned out his locker and left practice. Although there was no truth to the story these are the things you’ll be hearing and reading about until Bryant cleans out his locker.
Last season prior to Allen Iverson being traded to the Denver Nuggets he was asked not to report to practice (feel free to insert your own punchline), or to any games. While his locker was cleaned out for him. Iverson was paid to sit until a trade was finalized.
In retrospect, how could Lakers owner Jerry Buss let his team fall this far from the pack. If you want to trade Shaquille O’Neal and you want to build around Bryant that’s fine, in return you got Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and a number one pick (Andrew Bynum) from the Miami Heat. In Butler, you have an explosive scorer with slashing capabilities like Bryant. His rebounding is something that cannot be overlooked. Last season Lamar Odom when healthy was a great compliment to Bryant and someone who the triangle offense could run through. When the Lakers traded Butler to the Washington Wizards for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit they gave up another scoring option and help on the boards. Last season in D.C. Butler averaged 21/8/4.
Bryant has had his moments as a Laker as we all know, but for Buss to trade two of the best players of this generation is mind-boggling.
With that being said there is one certainty; Kobe Bean Bryant will not be a Philadelphia 76’er.
In five weeks Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett’s spinal cord injury has gone from life threatening, to a rehab center, to a specialized walker. Everett’s prognosis looks much brighter today and proves that the power of prayer along with determination, the love of family, friends and even strangers can overcome the seemingly impossible.