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Kobe Bryant missed all but six games in 2013-14 due to injury. This forced him to watch as the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise record for most losses since the team moved to Southern California (55, with one game left). Surprise: He wasn't happy, something he reiterated Wednesday on Twitter, while making a bold proclamation about next season:
Do you agree with Kobe's prediction?
Lakers' front office a problem?
On the day it was confirmed that Kobe Bryant would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Lakers star spoke in not-so-glowing terms about his team's front office. "I think we have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team," Bryant said, referring to Jim and Jeanie Buss. Another Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, also hit out at the Lakers for not hiring the New York Knicks-bound Phil Jackson. Is the Lakers' front office to blame for the team's sorry state of affairs? Will they turn it around?
Is Steve Nash's career over?
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday that Steve Nash likely won't play again in 2013-14. And with the point guard struggling with health issues for the better part of two seasons, it's safe to wonder whether we've seen the last of Nash as an NBA player. Nash, meanwhile, said "we'll see" when asked whether he'll return this season, and has given mixed signals as to whether he wants to play in 2014-15. Is this it for the man with more than 10,000 assists to his name over 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Lakers?
ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton gave the Los Angeles Lakers an A for trading Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore and, most importantly, money savings and lottery positioning. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, likely would not be so generous if forced to attach a letter to the move. A day after the trade, Bryant tweeted his displeasure, labeling the deal "not cool." A source told ESPN.com that this was meant to show support for Blake, not tweak the organization, but it's hard not to read a little anger into the missive.
Now, this is far from likely to create a rift between Bryant and the team that gave him a two-year, $48.5 million extension in November. But was Bryant still a little out of line?
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Together no more
Bryant and Blake are done teaming up.