Kobe Bryant reconsiders trade demand

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kobe Bryant had two messages for the Lakers on a wacky Wednesday: call me and show me. Mere hours after Bryant demanded a trade and said he would rather “go play on Pluto” than remain with the Lakers, Bryant executed a verbal crossover and said he wanted nothing more than to stick around. Bryant still has some issues. He wants management to make bold moves to prove to him that the Lakers are committed to winning and he wants a phone call, and a clear-the-air conversation, with Dr. Jerry Buss. “A statement would be, call me,” Bryant said on 570-AM. “I don’t have (Buss’) number. Call me.” The Lakers’ troubling month reached a surreal apex Wednesday when Bryant asked to be traded in the morning then, after a phone call from coach Phil Jackson, seemed open to a reconciliation in the afternoon. “I can only hope that they do something, because I don’t want to go no place else,” Bryant told 570-AM. “I don’t want to. I want to stay here, so I hope they do something. … This is my team. I love it here.” Laker sources indicated that Buss will reach out to Bryant soon. Magic Johnson, part owner and team icon, attempted to get in touch and by the end of the day, it seemed that Bryant’s anxiety had waned. It’s been a difficult week for the Lakers and Bryant, who lashed out Tuesday and said that the Lakers lied to him about their long-term rebuilding plans and cast blame on him for their trade of Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant wrote on his official website Tuesday that despite his considerable consternation, he had no desire to be traded. That changed Wednesday morning, when a despondent-sounding Bryant talked to ESPN radio. Bryant said he wanted to be traded and that nothing could change his mind about leaving the Lakers. “Yeah, I would like to be traded, yeah,” Bryant said. “As tough as it is to say that and as tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there’s no other alternative. … It’s rough, man, but I don’t see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don’t see how you can move forward from that type of situation.” Bryant repeatedly said that the Lakers could not convince him to stay – even if Jerry West returned – and when asked if he had any destinations in mind, said, “Not really. At this point, I’ll go play on Pluto.” Soon after, the Lakers released a statement from Buss that read, “We are aware of the media reports. However, Kobe has not told us directly that he wants to be traded. We have made it very clear that we are building our team around Kobe and that we intend for him to be a Laker his entire career. We will speak directly to Kobe and until we do that, we will not comment publicly about this.” Bryant said he had his agent, Rob Pelinka, call Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and make the trade request official. Then, just as speculative trade rumors began to fly, Bryant did two more radio interviews, in which he backtracked from his previous trade-me-no-matter-what comments and softened his stance. What changed? A phone call from Jackson, who attempted to convince Bryant to give the Lakers another chance and that the team would rededicate itself to an improved roster and not long-term rebuilding. “He stayed optimistic,” Bryant said. “He said, ‘You know what, I can’t blame you for feeling this way. I can’t blame you.’ But I just have to try to stay optimistic and we have to try to figure something out. “(Phil) said, ‘They are now determined to do something.’ They’re determined to get something done and they’re off this long-term plan thing. They want to go ahead and get something done. For me, the frustration would have been alleviated if they had told me about a long-term plan.” Asked directly if he wanted to stay with the Lakers, “Man, more than anything. That’s why I hope they can do something. Figure something out. When Phil and I talked, it was an emotional conversation and he said, ‘You know what, Kobe, just let us try to figure this thing out.’ That gave me some hope.” Through SFX Basketball, the agency that represents Bryant, Bryant declined further comment. If the trade demand sticks, finding a team with enough available talent to make a worthwhile trade wouldn’t be easy. Bryant, 28, would waive the no-trade clause in his contract, a deal that has four years and $88.6 million remaining. Any team that acquired Bryant would also be forced to pay him a $9.5 million bonus. Part of Bryant’s consternation came after a local columnist quoted an anonymous “Laker insider” as saying that Bryant’s input provided the impetus for the 2004 trade that sent O’Neal to Miami. Bryant vehemently defended himself and said Buss had informed him during that 2003-04 season that O’Neal would be traded because Buss did not want to give an aging O’Neal another big contract. That led to an unlikely alliance this week between Bryant and O’Neal, against Lakers management. “I believe Kobe 100 percent,” O’Neal told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind Kobe is telling the truth. I believe him a thousand percent. I would have respected Dr. Buss more as a man if he would have told me that himself, because I know he said it. But he didn’t (tell me). He never said a damn word to me.” Bryant said the next time he saw O’Neal, he would “give him a big … hug,” said that past differences were behind them and said the Lakers caused part of the problem by blaming Bryant for the trade. “We were both young,” Bryant told ESPN radio. “As you get older, you learn how to deal with things. You become a parent and you learn patience and understanding. I think if we could go back I would, and I’m sure he would too, just communicate better. Just he and I, directly.” — Rich Hammond, (818) [email protected]last_img read more

DONEGAL CREAMERIES BEGIN TO SEE SOME GREEN SHOOTS

first_imgDonegal Creameries has said its performance is broadly on plan for the first five months of 2013 but said it remains cautious for the rest of the year.Chairman Geoffrey Vance said its reliance on revenues from its produce unit during the final quarter made it difficult to say with any authority how it would perform for the year as a whole.Mr Vance described 2012 as a “transformational” year for the group, following the disposal of its liquid milk and agri-food business a year earlier. The company announced a pre-tax profit of €4.65 million for 2012 with revenues up 16.9 per cent to €80.5 million.This was not helped by the extreme weather conditions experienced last year that had a negative impact on the group’s produce business which was partially offset by an increased demand in its Food-Agri business.The company has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil, Donegal Creameries and operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments.Mr Vance told the annual general meeting the board remained excited about the mix of its businesses. It is also optimistic about the global potential of the company’s produce business, the high growth being delivered in its niche dairy business and the ability of the rest of its businesses and assets to provide cash for growth. DONEGAL CREAMERIES BEGIN TO SEE SOME GREEN SHOOTS was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AGMDonegal Creameriesprofitslast_img read more