First, Bryant said on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York: "I would like to be traded, yeah. Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there's no other alternative, you know?" Bryant, interviewed by Stephen A. Smith, was asked if there was anything the Lakers could do to change his mind. "No," Bryant said. "I just want them to do the right thing." "[The Lakers] obviously want to move in a different direction in terms of rebuilding," Bryant said, adding he could have opted to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers or Chicago Bulls instead. "Three years ago when I was re-signing they should have told me they wanted to rebuild." Asked if he had any preference for a trade destination, he said "At this point I'll go play on Pluto."
Just as these words were sinking in and Kobe trade scenarios were popping up on every NBA message board on the web, we get this report also on ESPN from an interview with Dan Patrick.
Bryant talked to Dan Patrick on ESPN Radio and seemed to reconsider slightly. "I'm so tired of talking," Bryant said. "It's tough. I always dreamed about retiring as a Laker. I just hope and hope that something can be resolved. Something can be figured out. Just something so I can stay here and be in this city and be with the team I love." Bryant told Patrick he talked to Jackson after talking to Smith and felt resassured. "When Phil and I spoke, he was optimistic and determined that we'll both be back," Bryant told Patrick. "Phil is somebody I listen to. I lean on him a lot. He assured me things are going to be OK. Things are going to be all right. Don't go full bore just yet. Take a deep breath and let us work these things out and everything will be all right. Which was very encouraging. "I don't want to go anywhere else. I want to be here for the rest of my career. It was encouraging to hear that."
So, in one day we went from Kobe wanting a trade and nothing changing his mind to Kobe wanting to stay a Laker for life and being optimistic that they can work it out. I would hold off on all those Kobe trade threads for now.