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


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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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I'd "Buss" all in Jeanie😍

1 minute ago

How about a Collapse video for the 1919-1932 Red Sox.

5 minutes ago

Not trying to be sexist, but it's gotta be embarrassing when your sister knows more about basketball and how to run a team then you do

19 minutes ago

Lebron would've missed the playoffs four straight seasons with a situation with this level of bullshit. Kobe is the GOAT. 7-8 rings if the Chris Paul trade goes through.

15 hours ago

Do a vid on how the Steelers completely fell apart and failed to reach the Super Bowl again after losing to Green Bay.

19 hours ago

Chicago Blackhawks Downfall

22 hours ago

Do one of how the Dolphins just fell apart after Marino then Ricky Williams first retirement. A perennial contender in the 90's to almost a doormat after the turn of the century.

1 day ago

3:40 KOOOBE

1 day ago

Let's see if the Lakers can hold up to expectations this time...

1 day ago

QUOTE! SORENESS IN HIS SHOOTING HAND YOU THINK! PASS THE BALL PINCHE BALL HOG!!

1 day ago

Is incredible how they complain about Pau being "soft", while still playing as a beast for Spain, he literally scored 40 points against France the year after being kicked.

2 days ago

You should do the Sacramento King and how they haven’t made the playoffs in 14 years

2 days ago

6:41 would be the only time Trump and I were in the same boat.

2 days ago

Do the Phillies extremely steady yet quick downfall

2 days ago

Do the French national soccer team. The 1998-2002 version of it. They won the 1998 World Cup then they completely fell apart in the 2002 world cup, not getting past the group stage without scoring a single goal. They had a great team in 2002, on paper probably better than the 1998 one but they just completely collapsed.

2 days ago

12:17 "Suffis"? It's pronounced "suf-FICE." You're welcome.

2 days ago

As a Laker fan, how could you forget that LeBron failed to make the playoffs his first year in LA?

2 days ago

Collapse for the Steelers

2 days ago

Thumbs dumb for fumbling the chance to show everyone how AMAZING Kobe's last healthy season (13/14) was and going over it in 90 seconds LOL zzzzzzzzz

2 days ago

What an extremely trash & distasteful video to post. Now do a video about Dirk & them trash ass Mavs

3 days ago

Ottawa please! Before NHL season begins!

3 days ago

idk how to feel about this narrator. nash wasn't brittle. that leg injury was such a flute. no need to call the guy brittle. dayum

3 days ago

CP3 trade was what really stole Kobe last chance at a ring. smh

3 days ago

And now everything is tied to LeBron and ad.

3 days ago

I'm glad magic came in cleaned house and got the lakers going Jim buss and mitch were ASS

3 days ago

I'm gonna honest...D'antoni was the wrong coach to hire and the lakers should have kept Bynum instead of Dwight.

3 days ago

Xtori - what? They traded Bynum just at the right time. His knees completely fell apart as soon as he got dealt

16 hours ago

Do the Denver Broncos post Peyton Manning

3 days ago

Lakers did Kobe dirty he could have had 6 rings if it wasn't for management and stupid decision making

4 days ago

Now they got Lebron and AD

4 days ago

6:42 "Basketball experts were thrilled."


LOLOLOL

4 days ago