Hi Dallas, why do you dislike Kobe?? is he a nice guy with a wonderful personality??
In Spain Lakers are always on TV because of Pau Gasol.
Kobe Bryant has been a lighting rod for both fans, and detractors alike. He's a great talent, and at times comes across as a reasonable person. But, like A-Rod in baseball, he seems to have some kind of talent for pissing people off.
People in LA blamed him for not getting along with Shaq after winning 3 championships. It seemed as if he was saying keep me or keep Shaq, and I won't play for Phil Jackson anymore. So off went Shaq, and off went Phil Jackson. The infrence was that they were run out by Kobe. There was only one ball, and it was Kobe Byrant's. He was going to be the scorer, and the focal point of the team.
Then there was the rape incident in Colorado, followed by some pretty bad seasons, followed by Kobe saying something like, this (Laker) team sucks, I want to play for a better team, and better coaches. Get better players, especially a better center, or trade me. This after running both Shaq and Phil Jackson out of town.
This is all pretty much assumtion and heresay, but most of it has legs. It all makes him out to be a superstar who doesn't really know what he wants. Does he want the superstar image and all the trappings, or does he want to win? In the end it seems this season he has settled on winning as being the most important thing, and has been a great player, and a good soldier. But over the last 5 years he's done and said some pretty questionable things.