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Kobe Bryant has every right to go to the Los Angeles Lakers front office and ask for a trade. If his story is true in regards to the departure of Shaq, a story O'Neal believes, then Bryant should be able to ask to leave L.A., a city he loves with a front office he trusted.

Whether players, coaches, managers, presidents, or fans want to admit it, fans receive special treatment and deserve it. With the Lakers, Kobe has been given full right to speak his mind, lead the team, and for the most part carry the team. No one, from the front office to the last man on the bench has complained about this expanded power and Kobe has continued to play with heart and completely dedicate him to the Laker franchise. In return, according to Bryant, the Lakers have lied to him about their plans over the future of the team, a lie that persuaded Bryant to return to the Lakers instead of going to the Clippers or Bulls.

That lie was wrong and Kobe has every right to speak his mind. I do not think that the media was the correct medium to express his wishes but a very frustrated and depressed sounding future Hall of Famer went ahead and spoke his mind. He has stood by the franchise and they have stood by him (reference to the rape allegations about two years ago against Bryant). Today Kobe asked to be traded and I hope the Lakers respect him enough to either trade him or trade for that superstar to put them over the top. Kobe felt encouraged by his talk with Phil Jackson but when the season starts I for one doubt if Kobe will get his wish in L.A. or anywhere else, except maybe a Jerry West sighting. Too bad he's retired from playing.

Random thoughts:
1. The NBA finals is the Spurs to lose no matter who they play
2. Alex Rodriguez needs to continue to create controversy on the field instead of off it.
3. The AL East is not over yet

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