Kobe not the greatest Laker by a longshot

New York

Fascinating that two-thirds of the people who did all the talking — Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss — at Kobe Bryant’s jerseys retirement had nothing to do with him becoming a Laker and winning five championships.

Why invite Jerry West’s statue inside Staples just to sit stonily at courtside?

I’m guessing people would have loved to hear the Lakers’ GM describe the high school kid’s fabled pre-1996 draft workout, illuminate what Kobe did that day against Michael Cooper that provoked West to proposition a dozen teams before Charlotte agreed to trade the rights to the 13 pick for Vlade Divac, LA’s central nervous system at 28.

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