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Now Kobe Says He Wants to Stay

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Is Kobe on drugs? Should he be following Lindsay Lohan into rehab?

We ask because after repeatedly talking to media outlets everywhere, and after telling Stephen A. Smith that the Lakers have lied to him and aren't interested in making the Lakers champs again any time soon, he just called into KLAC and took back everything saying that wants to stay.

Claiming it's "his" team and that after a long, emotional talk with coach Phil Jackson, that he has changed his mind about the Lakers.

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"I don't want to go anywhere, this is my team,'' Bryant told KLAC radio. "I love it here. I called Phil, man, he and I talked, it was an emotional conversation, but he just said, `You know what, Kobe? Let us try to figure this thing out.' "Phil is a guy I lean on a lot.''

Some three hours earlier, in an interview with ESPN radio, Bryant said: "I would like to be traded, yeah. Tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there's no other alternative. It's rough, man, but I don't see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don't know how you can move forward in that type of situation.''- AP

How you can have a serious meltdown the way Kobe is having right now, despite having someone as grounded and clearheaded as Phil Jackson to lean on, is troubling. The Lake Show should cancel this nonsense, pronto.There are plenty of stars who would take a pay cut to be a Laker, let alone The New Laker Star.

Get rid of the cancer, clean away the stench that will be left behind, and set the table for serious players who want to win on the greatest stage in the NBA.

AP photo by Paul Connors