LA Lakers: Why Kobe Bryant Shouldn't Have a Say in Lakers' Personnel Decisions

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 28, 2011

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NBA star Kobe Bryant has been vocally frustrated in the past about how his Los Angeles Lakers have not provided the necessary pieces to compete, but Kobe needs to shut his mouth and let the Lakers personnel do their job.

According to the New York Post, Bryant told Peter Vecsey in 2007 that he was unhappy that the Lakers management was not competing for a title, and that he wanted to embarrass Lakers owner Jerry Buss into making a move by demanding a trade. Kobe was almost traded to the Chicago Bulls before that deal was cancelled.

Buss then felt pressured to make move and traded for then Memphis Grizzlies star power forward/center Pau Gasol. That move led to two NBA titles and three NBA Finals appearances.

Now, the Black Mamba is fuming again that he doesn't have any legitimate help. The Lakers then unloaded the highly-skilled Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for future draft picks. Odom's replacement? Enter former Indiana Pacers forward Josh McRoberts, who is essentially a bench player.

Another player added by the Lakers was former Boston Celtics forward Gerald Green, who hasn't played an NBA game since 2008-09.

It's not like Buss hasn't tried surrounding Kobe with talent. The Lakers GM almost acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. However, NBA commissioner David Stern squashed that deal and Paul eventually went to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Other important players like the Jamal Crawford and Vince Carter were courted to boost the Lakers backcourt as Derek Fisher and Steve Blake are not getting the job done. However, Crawford signed with the Portland Trail Blazers while Carter inked a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Bryant is again rumored on insisting a trade, but he should shut his mouth as the Lakers are trying to make a move to improve their team.

While many people are clamoring for the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, Buss has publicly stated that the Lakers are not interested in trading both Gasol and Andrew Bynum. This is an intelligent move, as the Lakers will have a decimated frontcourt if that trade occurred.

The Buss family has done a great job providing Bryant with competitive teams, as the Lakers have won five NBA championships and gone to seven NBA Finals during the Black Mamba's career.

As for Kobe, the Lakers have provided him with not only multiple championships, but also loads of cashola. Bryant is getting $83.54 million from the Lakers for the next three years.

There are many players, heck, average folks who would just play and not attempt to jockey power from their bosses.

Bryant should shut his mouth and play as the Lakers front office has proven time and again they are dedicated to winning. His job description is to play basketball, not make personnel decisions.