Kobe Bryant Divorce: Why LA Lakers Must Trade Black Mamba Immediately

Go ahead and add to the list of distractions surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant.

With news of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant's divorce, the bad spring continues to get worse for LA fans. 

Now, you might be thinking, This really has nothing to do with basketball. I couldn't care less, and I might tend to agree.

But look what's happened to the Lakers this offseason. They traded Lamar Odom for a whole lot of nothing in return, and ended up replacing him with Josh McRoberts.


There was the whole Chris Paul fiasco, and that was only worsened when Paul went to the Clippers and made them arguably the best team in Los Angeles.

The Lakers are on a downward spiral, and Kobe's divorce could very well be the last straw. 

But should management seriously overreact and trade possibly the greatest Laker of all time? Or is that just one of the craziest ideas since McDonald's got rid of the McRib? 

I'm almost inclined to go with the latter (I do love the McRib), but there are certainly reasons pointing towards why a Kobe trade makes sense.

Hear me out.

First of all, contention.

The Lakers were embarrassed by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the playoffs last year. Now, I ask you this: what's different this year?

We've already discussed how LA's sixth man has gone from Odom to McRoberts. They still have the same mess at point guard, although Andrew Goudelock or Darius Morris have sleeper potential this season. And Metta World Peace may have changed his name, but he's not getting any younger.

A core of Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum is great, but the lack of depth and point-guard play prevents this team from being a title contender.

Especially with so many teams around them getting better. 

Of course, a Dwight Howard trade changes everything, but the odds of that ...

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