How the Lakers fell from contention to ruin during Kobe Bryant’s final seasons


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Published: 5 months ago
As far as basketball goes, Kobe Bryant had what he needed by 2010. Without Shaq sharing his spotlight, Bryant won consecutive NBA championships, proving he could do that as the Lakers' primary superstar. But he wasn't done, and he wanted to stick around in Los Angeles, so the Lakers acted accordingly.

Or at least they tried to. LA -- run by a complex, ever-changing, and sometimes nepotistic front office -- soon realized the core that earned them back-to-back rings wasn't going to cut it against some rising Western Conference powerhouses. So they swung a huge trade to bring in superstar Chris Paul. When that trade got vetoed by the league, things started to spiral: Upset co-stars led to desperate dismissals, which led to desperate acquisitions, which led to diminishing organic growth and eventually a whole lot of losing.

The Lakers said farewell to Kobe with their worst seasons as a franchise. This episode of Collapse explains how they fell so precipitously within the twilight of their departing star.

Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
Shot and edited by Jiazhen Zhang
Motion graphics by Michael Das

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still doesn't feel real man...

20 hours ago

Rip Kobe 2/24

1 day ago

Wow those years hurt but glad they’re coming back! #RIPKobeBeanBryant

1 day ago

RIP MAMBA

2 days ago

Serious dose of handsome at 12:47

3 days ago

Chris Paul, Kobe, and Dwight vs Wade, Lebron, and Bosh, would have been the best finals ever.

3 days ago

david stern, thats why.

3 days ago

Man Jeanie Buss can get some vitamin d. Phil is a winner in my book

3 days ago

Hurts my heart...Rip Kobe

5 days ago

I think MJ the GOAT but Kobe is very close. I don't like when people try and compare their stats straight up. The stats have context. Kobe had to sacrifice a lot of his stats so he could play with Shaq. And he had horrible management decisions made by the Lakers front office during the tail end of his career, and had to play with more scrubs. Jordan had more stability during his career and never had to be the younger player who had to sacrifice for an older, more established, future hall of famer. Kobe clearly showed he could do everything Jordan could do in his career, and the context of their careers matter.

6 days ago

RIP GOAT 🐐

6 days ago

I wish I could nail Jeannie ta da floor. N make a wish. Oops dat woulda been it!!!

6 days ago

I cried while watching this. I can't believe Kobe is gone man.......

1 week ago

Damn miss Kobe...took his greatness for traded

1 week ago

They vetoed chris Paul to the lakers but didn't veto Kevin Durrant to the warriors

1 week ago

How do you get Viable side kicks for him when hes crippled and still demanding max contracts? RIP.

1 week ago

Now they are in contention!!!

1 week ago

They are on track on getting the 3-peat on 2011 until they got swept by the Mavs on second round.

1 week ago

A Funeral Is Gonna Be Held For Kobe Bryant & His Daughter Gianna @ The Staples Center In Downtown LA Next Monday On 2/24/2020 To Say One Final 👋 To An NBA Legend & A Young Girl Who Had 🏀 Potential Who’s Career Was Tragically Cut Short. Did You Know That Kobe Wore #24 & Gianna Wore #2? 2/24? Coincidence? #BlackMonday ⬛️

1 week ago

Kobe did everything by himself

1 week ago

They really did a good job of scrubbing that video of the chopper getting shot. Crazy af times were livin in

1 week ago

F

1 week ago

The Chris Paul Blockage and the family drama caused those years

1 week ago

Jeanie and Kurt Rambis’s wife Linda run the Lakers. Read about it . They don’t know what they’re doing still....

Jeanie doesn’t know , so she just tags Linda in the emails and collaborate like a bunch of Lady’s at a Mary Kay event

1 week ago

RIP KOBE!

1 week ago

4:03-4:45 I've always said. Definitely something fishy about that. NBA was plotting against Kobe Bryant in the Lakers. They didn't want him to have six rings.

1 week ago

Had the late David Stern not veto Chris Paul trade to Lakers trust me Kobe would have won 7 championships

1 week ago

10:00 Stranger Things

1 week ago

God I didn’t realize how stupid the bus family was thank god they got fired

1 week ago

So, in short.. THE WHOLE NBA SCREWED KOBE AND THE LAKERS BY NIXING THAT TRADE!!!

1 week ago