Originally Posted by b1gdon
You're talking about Kobe right?
David Robinson was the long time leader of the Spurs. Led them in scoring, won an MVP, and when a younger better player came at the point in his career when his body started breaking down and he couldn't singlehandedly carry his team to the promise land he gladly handed the reigns over to Tim Duncan. Duncan led the team in scoring, won a couple of MVPs, helped his predecessor win a couple championships after he couldn't win it all by himself anymore and when his body started breaking down and he couldn't singlehandedly carry his team to the promise land he gladly handed the reigns over to Tony Parker. Now Tony Parker leads the team in scoring, has come close to a couple of MVPs and almost helped his predecessor win a championship after he couldn't win it all by himself anymore. Oh, and all three of those guys took less money to help make sure his team had the talent it needed to compete at the highest level.
Now look at Kobe. He's run two hall of fame centers out of town with his insufferable ball hogging and underbussing of his teammates. He's the main reason that team is going to suck for a while. What a wiener, prima donna, pri*k, cry baby, and all the other synonyms that go with that. But let's blame Dwight Howard because it is all his fault.
I disagree with the insinuation that Bryant wasn't willing to hand over the reigns. Howard's just a prima donna that believes that he has to be the sole face of the franchise, and as long as Kobe was even present, he wouldn't consider the team his own. Yes, Robinson handed the reigns to Duncan, but Duncan accepted them. Howard wasn't going to accept the reigns so long as Kobe was still around. That's Howard's insecurity, not Kobe's selfishness.
Howard asked if the Lakers would amnesty Kobe. Do you think Duncan ever asked if the Spurs would cut or release Robinson? Of course not, because he wasn't so insecure about the presence of a former star player. Howard, though, is.