Kobe's act wearing thin in LA?

Kobe Bryant might be one of the best players in the league, but he stinks as a GM. Is it time for the Lakers to kick him to the curb?

Updated: March 28, 2005, 2:04 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
As a player, Kobe Bryant ranks as one of the 10 best players in the NBA.

But given the Los Angeles Lakers' current problems, and the obstacles they face in fixing the team this summer, should owner Jerry Buss entertain a Kobe trade?

It's not as radical as it sounds. One year ago, everyone thought that Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter were untradable. The truth is that everyone – Kobe included – is tradable if the situation is desperate enough.

But after the Lakers went through so much turmoil and change just to get Kobe re-signed last summer, should they pull the plug so quickly on the experiment? And, are there any Kobe trades out there that even make sense for the Lakers?

Depending on your point of view, the answer to both could be yes.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer