As the Lakers get ready to defend their NBA title, people are still asking what happened back in 2005 when Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat. Phil Jackson, who said that Kobe was uncoachable in his book and then came back to coach him, thinks Kobe is getting a bad rap for the Shaq trade.
“Kobe had to take some heat for that, as if he was the one who manufactured that (O’Neal) trade,” Jackson said. “All those things were made to look like there was a scapegoat in this situation, and there wasn’t.”
With Phil’s statement in hand, Kobe sets out to tell his side of the story for the 1,000,000th time.
“When everything went down a few summers ago, everybody was pointing the finger at me because I re-signed. So people asked me about it and I told them, ‘I had nothing to do with it.’ They didn’t believe me.”
“They asked me, ‘Well, should you clarify …’ What the hell more clarification could I do? So I just said, ‘You know what? I’ll just shut up. They’re going to think what they want to think.’
“Now a couple years go by. Phil comes back. And it’s like, ‘Oh, maybe he really didn’t have anything to do with it.’ It’s like, ‘No, you idiot, that’s only what I’ve been saying for the past two years, but y’all idiots don’t want to listen!’”
You can tell Kobe has wanted to say this for a long time. But I still think he had a little hand in Shaq leaving. So I guess I must be an idiot.