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Will the Lakers keep Kobe?

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Texas May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

There’s an excellent overview by Henry Abbott on TrueHoop about the Lakers’ quandary once a new CBA is agreed upon.

Although new CBA rules will likely come with a phase-in period, and rollbacks of existing salaries may provide some relief to the team, there is no scenario on the table in the CBA talks where the Lakers will be able to keep outspending rivals as they have. A stated league goal is to level the competitive playing field, which can only be achieved by tweaking the market to permit less talent on teams like the Lakers, and more talent on teams like the Kings. Tough choices loom, complicated by the fact that though he continues to play like a star, Bryant, is poised to become so overpaid as to flirt with “bad contract” status.

The piece goes into detail about Kobe’s recent performance, the mileage on his knees, and how his contract will negatively impact the Lakers in the short term.

Kobe accused of assault

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles, California May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Per ESPN:

San Diego police have confirmed to ESPN that they are investigating an incident involving Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

No charges have been filed.

According to multiple reports, Bryant was attending a service at a church in Carmel Valley, Calif., on Sunday when he thought someone was taking pictures of him with a cell phone. Bryant allegedly took the phone from the man, but when he didn’t see any pictures on it, he left the church.

The man said he had to go to a hospital for treatment after his wrist was injured in the incident.

Sounds like someone is looking for a payday, but we’ll let San Diego’s finest sort it out.

Kobe: “People need to lay off” LeBron

Miami Heat’s LeBron James pauses in the fourth quarter of play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas, June 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

In an interview with ESPN, Kobe was asked about LeBorn and the Heat and here is what he had to say:

George Smith: There was a lot of venom towards the Heat and, in particular, towards LeBron James What did you make of that?

Kobe Bryant: I think people need to lay off that kid. That’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well playing with the Olympic team. I think people need to just back-off off him. Just let him play. Let him live his life. Let him make his decisions. Let him mature as a player. It’s tough to be under the microscope like that all the time. So, I would like everybody to just kind of back-off off him and let him play.

It would be a lot easier to “lay off” LeBron if he didn’t make such a spectacle of himself last summer with “The Decision” and then the ensuing championship celebration with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

It’s not like everyone started randomly hating LeBron and the Heat. You reap what you sow.

Kobe shows off his soccer skills [video]

NBA all-star guard Kobe Bryant shows off his soccer skills during halftime of a friendly between Manchester United and Barcelona at FedEx Field.

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