Kobe Bryant Not Upset About Fisher Trade
As the text messages popped up on his screen, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant laughed.
“He knows how I am,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 97-92 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves. “We talked about the good times and what a fun time it was to go to battle together and things like that. But that’s about as sentimental as I’m going to get.”
Bryant wasn’t kidding. He even said “no” when asked directly if he was upset that the Lakers shipped off his longtime teammate and confidant. It’s an answer one would hardly expect. Fisher’s return to the Lakers in 2007 softened Bryant’s trade demands. Bryant publicly advocated the Lakers re-sign Fisher when he became a free agent in 2010. During the 2010 NBA Finals, Bryant revealed Fisher is the only teammate he’s truly respected and he said “no” on Friday when asked if there’s any current or former teammate that’s closer to him.