In the back of my mind I knew this would have to go down, but I still had hope. I love Kobes drive and love for the game, and to win. Thats all I could ever want from a Laker. The fact is that if this goes down(which it looks like it most likely will) in the end I, and I'm sure all of you know that this was really the only way for this team to become contenders again, was to start a new with a talented young core, cause management screwed up bad with all the deals they made after the Shaq trade, like trading Butler and so on. Unfortunately though the only way for us to get great young talent was to trade Kobe. So this Laker fan says farewell Kobe wish you the best, but not any better than my Lakers.