As LA Stalls, Kobe Fumes

Playing with Kidd for Team USA underscores Bryant's mediocre supporting cast
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2007 5:48 AM CDT
Mack Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 22, 2007. Blue team won 105-104. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – While Kobe Bryant has limited his public outbursts since his May 30 meltdown, Ric Bucher reports that he is angrier than ever at the Lakers, who have not made any major moves this off-season other than re-signings and bringing in an aging Derek Fisher. Bryant has been chafing over the lack of starpower in LA—and playing with Team USA point guard Jason Kidd has piqued his frustration.

During the 2006-07 season, the Lakers brass contemplated a trade for Kidd, but decided against it when the Nets asked for young center Andrew Bynum in return—a player who to Bryant represents a loss-heavy rebuilding period. In an about-face, the Lakers have recently brandished Bynum for Pacers PF Jermaine O'Neal, but to no avail.