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Lakers need Kobe's commitment first

Updated: June 28, 2004, 4:53 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

To that annoying list of obstacles preventing the Los Angeles Lakers from dealing Shaquille O'Neal and giving us all a summertime jolt, you might have to add one more.

Then again, you might not.

You already know of Shaq's monster salary and his desire for an equally rich contract extension. You also know that the Lakers can't get equal value in a trade because there's only one Shaq out there.

Now consider the latest impediment: Kobe Bryant hasn't told the Lakers that he's definitely ...

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