Bryant asks for trade, then backtracks slightly
The story lines that have engulfed the Los Angeles Lakers in the last week hit a crescendo Wednesday when Kobe Bryant said he would welcome a trade.
And later, in another radio interview, he seemed to back away from the demand.
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 ...
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TRADE KOBE OR DON'T TRADE KOBE
Kobe Bryant says he wants out of Los Angeles or does he? Bryant went on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York on May 30 and told Stephen A. Smith that he wants to be traded. Later in the day, Bryant went on Dan Patrick's ESPN Radio Show and said he wants to be a Laker for the rest of his career.
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