Lakers Rumors: Stephen A. Smith Will Regret Kobe Bryant Trade Prediction

Stephen A. Smith is known for his brash opinions, but his recent prediction that Kobe Bryant will demand a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers is going to make him look like a fool.

Everybody has an opinion, and everybody makes predictions. That's what makes sports so great—everybody is entitled to their opinions.

The thing about Smith is that people either love him, or they really hate him.

He has opinions like everyone else, but what makes him so different is that he backs his up no matter the circumstance, and he comes out as if he's 100-percent right every time.

Truthfully, he's brilliant at what he does. Love him or hate him, the old adage that any publicity is good publicity really holds true with him.

Not only that, but he does have good inside information and contacts with players, so when he says something, it usually holds some weight.

All that being said, I think he's going to come to regret coming out so bold about Kobe Bryant wanting a trade out of Los Angeles.

Larry Brown of documents the bold statement made by Smith on SportsCenter:

Appearing on SportsCenter, Smith said “I predicted that Kobe Bryant will demand a trade, and I am not budging from that. He’s livid. I’ve known Kobe too long. He is ticked off.

“It’s not just because [the Clippers] got Chris Paul, which is a guy that he expected to have. It’s because Jim Buss seems to be doing the inexplicable,” Smith said. “It makes no sense. It’s one thing for the team not to have improved [after losing to the Mavericks], it’s another thing entirely for them to regress. If you know anything about Kobe, that is the last thing that he wants to do.

“It will not be pleasant at all.”

Kobe has undoubtedly been dealing with a lot lately, being that he's reportedly ge...

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