Kobe Bryant's father's nickname was "jellybean." So why can't Kobe's nickname be "beantown?" I know a Los Angeles Laker being traded to the Boston Celtics doesn't make much sense but the again neither did Celtic fans chanting MVP, MVP for Kobe this past February at Boston Garden.
When Kobe came into Boston and poured 43 points on the Celts, the crowd went wild and Bryant for his part was most appreciative. The Celtics are at a pivotal moment in the franchise's history and are in dire need of a franchise player who is still in his prime. Why not take a shot, what do you have to lose?
Besides the Boston fans would love the move as a comittment to winning again. They've already lost out on the opportunity at a potential franchise player in Greg Oden or Kevin Durant. And later next week might again be reminded for the 4th time how much it stung to miss out on Tim Duncan in the draft lottery ten years ago.
It's much easier to win in the Eastern Conference, which would be attractive to Bryant. He could be the man in resurrecting title town of the NBA. With the Detroit Pistons no longer invincible and the Cleveland Cavaliers made it on the back of LeBron James. Imagine what the Celtics could do with Bryant teaming up with Paul Pierce?
Pierce could be Bryant's Pippen in a way Lamar Odom never could. If there were to be a deal the Celtics have many chips including the 5th overall pick, Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Delonte West, Ryan Gomes etc. Even if the Celts traded Pierce who grew up a Lakers fan in California and the 5th overall for Bryant, they could still build their young nucleus around Bryant.
The Celtics wisely passed up Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett and while it's probably a pipe dream at best, the should try to strike while the iron is hot. Go get Kobe Bryant and team him up with Paul Pierce and make the Boston Celtics matter again!