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June 23, 2007

I just checked the NBA bylaws and sure enough, there it was. It says that Kobe Bryant is entitled, if he wants, to play only on championship-caliber teams.

RICHARD RAFFALOW

Valley Glen

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The Lakers should trade Kobe Bryant to the Spurs, giving him a chance to set the all-time record for most dynasties destroyed in one career. Good riddance.

JOHN SWITZER

Los Angeles

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As a lifelong Lakers fan, I now look forward to the day when Kobe's jersey hangs high at Staples Center alongside those of all the other Clippers legends.

TARIK TRAD

Glendale

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I thought I knew from drama queens, but not even a VH1 Mariah-thon could prepare me for the temperamental diva that is Miss Bryant. Give it up, girlfriend!

JORDAN CHODOROW

Los Angeles

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The circus is coming to Staples Center July 18-21. The surprise guest star is Kobe Bryant. He will be asked to be traded from one ring to another. The catch: $2,300 ringside tickets.

JEREMY LOWE

Los Angeles

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Contrary to the biased opinion of Bill Plaschke, Kobe seems to be the only one in the Lakers' organization who cares about the fans. Does anyone truly believe the Lakers would do anything to improve without Kobe's demands? They have no problem, however, pulling the trigger to raise ticket prices for an inferior product.

TOM REYNOLDS

Irvine

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I have been a Lakers fan since my family moved to Southern California in 1967. I have been a Kobe fan since he first put on a Lakers uniform. But they have both grown so dysfunctional that neither is enjoyable anymore. I'm done with the Lakers. I'm done with Kobe. I'm done with the NBA (Not Basketball Anymore).

GARY SANDERS

Foothill Ranch

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If Dr. Buss is unwilling to spend the money needed to make Kobe happy, then he should do all of Los Angeles a favor and sell the team to someone who will.

If he is incapable of finding scouts who have the common sense not to draft Brian Cook over Leandro Barbosa or Josh Howard, or Sasha Vujacic over Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili, if he doesn't find the idea of trading Shaquille O'Neal for Brian Grant utterly feeble, if he's too busy drinking, speeding and chasing young babes to pay attention to his offspring who are running the organization into the ground, he should sell the team to someone who's interested in it. If not, he should can Jim and put duct tape over John's mouth.

This team is not a plaything for Dr. Buss' incompetent progeny; it's a Los Angeles institution beloved by millions who are angry, disgusted, and on the verge of tuning out unless something is done or substantive plans are announced.

CAROL WEISSBERG

Chatsworth

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The solution to the Kobe crisis is simple. He doesn't like how the team trades or drafts? Put him in charge. Let him deal with the salary cap and the injured players. Let him decide whom to cut and whom to trade. Then, when the Lakers lose again next year he will have no one to blame but himself.

CHUCK CRAWFORD

San Diego

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Bill Plaschke's reporting of the Lakers is unbalanced. How is it that all of you guys never write a blistering column on the incompetence of the Lakers' management, most especially Mitch Kupchak for his miserable record?

My guess is that you might be banished from the Lakers Club or insiders' circle of influence.

How many players care as much as Kobe? Should he not be frustrated by an organization that is willing to play it safe on its profit and loss equation by not taking chances on making big acquisitions? How many years should Kobe wait, while listening to the Lakers' false promises?

KEN BORDEN

Santa Monica

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Gee, since Mr. Plaschke so neatly rammed the Lakers' brilliant, frustrated, at times sketchy superstar into a single, simplistic little box, allow me to do the same for him: Kobe hater!

JOHN DECURE

Long Beach

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Bill Plaschke doesn't know any more about running a professional sports team than you and I. He's just a fan who writes well and will still have his job after three or four more incarnations of the Lakers have moved on. It's easy for him to push Kobe out, but I'd much rather watch Kobe play than read Plaschke.

RICHARD KARLISS

Malibu

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OK, now that Kobe has demanded a trade (for the 10th time), I have come up with a scenario that will satisfy everyone. It would be a three-way trade among the Lakers, Washington and Miami. We could trade Kobe and Lamar Odom to Washington for Caron Butler. In turn, Washington would trade Odom to Miami for draft picks. Miami, in turn, would trade Odom and the rights to Brian Grant to the Lakers in exchange for draft picks.

That would give us Caron Butler, Lamar Odom and Brian Grant for Kobe. Oh wait ... we've already done that. Never mind.

CRAIG P. FAGAN

San Diego

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The Lakers traded the most dominant player in the game once before. I'm begging Jerry Buss to not make the same mistake again.

MICHAEL MENDELSON

Valencia

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