Friday, June 18, 2004

[NBA] There's a good interview in the LA Times with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Kobe appears to be their top priority. They want to sign him to the max contract and won't consider a sign-and-trade if he decides to leave. The other interesting tidbit is that they would be open to trading Shaquille O'Neal. I guess it all hinges on what Kobe wants to do. First, whether or not he wants to return to the Lakers. Second, whether he wants Phil Jackson to remain as coach. If Kobe stays and doesn't ask Jackson to return, Shaq might demand a trade. That would be a mistake for all involved. Here's who should be back next year: Shaq, Kobe, Phil, Karl Malone, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton. Everyone else is expendable.