The Los Angeles Lakers are a team that is really only identifiable by it’s star player, but that star player is currently sidelined for the foreseeable future with a serious injury. Kobe Bryant is expected to be back this season, even if he’s better off sitting out, but he’s not going to be taking calls to give roster input in the meantime.
Superstar players like to have a certain amount of control over or say in what their team does with trades and signings. Kobe Bryant wants no part of that with the Lakers, stating that he’s a player and not a front office executive.
“In all honesty, I don’t want it,” Bryant said, when asked if he expected to have more input in front office decisions this summer. “That’s what they do. I’m not a general manager. I don’t know about scouting players and doing things of that nature, so I’ll let them do their job. They have obviously done a phenomenal job at it for years, so I’m not going to jump in the way. All I ask is if something is going to go down, just let me know about it beforehand so I don’t hear about it on a ticker or something. But that’s about it.”
This doesn’t mean Kobe is ruling out front office work later in his career, but he’s simply pointing out that he’s player still and isn’t running the team. This might also be Bryant backing off as to not be blamed for what a mess the roster is, as he’s publicly stating that any moves made by the team this summer are not those endorsed or discredited by Kobe Bryant.