Kobe Bryant Credits Jerry Buss for Convincing Him to Stay with Lakers

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Kobe Bryant Credits Jerry Buss for Convincing Him to Stay with Lakers
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Kobe Bryant simmered, but Jerry Buss stayed patient. The short-term struggles the Lakers experienced during the post-Shaq era bothered Bryant so much that he demanded a trade. But Buss refused. The frustration on the organization’s direction bothered Bryant so much that he even once called Buss an “idiot.” But the late Lakers owner took no offense.

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