Originally Posted by OldTerp
He might if there was no Pau or D12. By mid season we should be in last place. Besides last time a checked management runs the team not Kobe. If they say he sits he sits. While he deserves a lot of respect at this point in his career he has no leverage and sitting the entire season is best for the team and his chances at another ring.
Kobe still has his eye on moving up on the All-Time scoring list, he would like to retire as #1 or as close to it as humanly possible...let's say Kobe were to fall an average season's worth of points short, he would never get over it....no matter how many rings he won.......that's just how Kobe is. So you can absolutely forget about Kobe sitting out for the team's future.