June 20, 2007

KG vs. Kobe

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

With rumours abound of the Celtics giving away their future for Kevin Garnett, the question can now be asked which player is hotter on the buzz index? Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant? With the apparent offer on the table of Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and the number five pick in next week’s draft for the disgruntled Timberwolves star on the table, is it worthy ofthe amount of buzz Mamba and Lakers are generating?

Probably not; if there’s one thing that Kobe is great at, it’s creating spectacle, which is precisely what he’s doing.

Back to KG; how does this deal help the Celtics? They give up their entire future for a chance to finish second in the hotlantic and get bounced in the first round of the playoffs? It’s ill-conceived to give up both Big Al and the number 5 in the deal (especially in a draft with the kind of talent that’s coming out). Why would they want to give up their two keys to the future and the two things that will help their team get through this woeful stretch (not named Paul Pierce).

While the T-Wolves would be giving up their best player and franchise face, the compensation for the future would almost be too much to pass up. They would make out like bandits in this deal, as long as they could bury Telfair somewhere far away.

With Kobe, he’s now been caught on video bashing the Lakers, GM Mitch Kupchak and teammate Andrew Bynum. Mamba is doing everything in his power to be traded from the struggling Lakers but who knows if it’s helping. He’s arguably the best player in the game but the baggage that comes with him isastounding. While he’s said he would only go to the Suns, Knicks or Bulls, only Chicago seems like a viable option. The Suns play in the Lakers’ division and New York just doesn’t have enough to give to get Bryant, even if they decided to include fat Eddy Curry (who’s supposed out of all discussions). Chicago would most likely have to throw their first-round pick L.A.’s way in the deal so it should be assumed that a deal would have to beput together before next week’s draft.

The summer of possibilities is just starting and, quite frankly, it should be exciting.

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