Kobe Bryant's possible overseas venture elicits various reactions
Kobe Bryant may have effectively put any talks about him playing in Turkey to rest, but what about the rest of the world?
Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski noted that playing in China remains a possibility, and Bryant noted himself that he'd "play anywhere," including Europe. But just because he can play overseas doesn't mean he should.
He has assorted injuries and fatigue, two elements that plagued him in the 2011 NBA playoffs, to treat. Even if he maintains he needs to stay active to get his leg stronger this offseason, playing basketball this summer could risk even further damage. Simply put, as much as Bryant wants to keep his competitive juices flowing, promote his brand and possibly even pressure the league into reaching a new collective bargaining agreement, the positives sure outweigh the negatives.
That was the crux of a column ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith penned, where he argued the Lakers should do everything within its power to convince Bryant that it's not in his interest to playing overseas. Those championship rings he still wants to collect? He has a better chance carrying more Larry O'Brien trophies if he rests. The whole notion that Father time, injuries and basketball mileage has caught up to Bryant might become a mute point if he rests. The Lakers' frustration that he couldn't practice much of last season while he nursed injuries won't happen next season should he save the rest for the offseason and stay active during the actual season.
We'll see if Bryant listens.
Among the other links:
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details Ron Artest's comedy show.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Derek Fisher is the right person to represent the players union.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller debate whether the NFL ending its lockout will affect the NBA's work stoppage.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how Jerry West taught Chuck Person how to shoot.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders if Mike Brown can tap into Lamar Odom's versatility.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore writes for SB Nation on how the Lakers can address their point guard needs.
Tweet of the Day: "So Kobe's on board with Mike Brown. But will he listen when Brown starts telling him to pass the ball?" -- janiscarr (Orange County Register's Janis Carr)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe Bryant is right. Lebron James acted really in an immature way, but one year of hatred should be enough. Time to move on." -- Martina Kienzle
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told reporters in Washington, D.C., on Sunday that he hasn't talked to the Turkish club team, Besiktas, in weeks. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 4, 2011