MVP or Not, There's Drama in LA

Hard to believe Bryant wanted a trade this time last year
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 11:55 AM CDT
Kobe Bryant shoots the ball in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz during Game 1 in their second-round basketball playoff series game on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant is set to receive the NBA's MVP trophy tomorrow night, capping off what’s been a strange season for the always-mercurial Lakers guard, Mark Heisler writes in the Los Angeles Times. This season, after all, began with Bryant coming perilously close to leaving the team; it’s a good thing for Kobe that didn’t happen—but don’t think all’s well that ends well.

Bryant still won’t talk to some of the Lakers' brass, and his relationship with owner Jerry Buss is particularly frosty. The closest he’s come to mending fences is joking that GM Mitch Kupchak went from an “F to an A-plus” this season. Buss has been awfully good to Kobe over the years, Heisler writes, and Kobe owes him something more gracious.