Lakers need to keep Kobe Bryant home

Updated: August 3, 2011, 10:22 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If the interest of the Los Angeles Lakers relies upon nostalgia, deference and a debt of gratitude for contributions given to their illustrious history, they should give Kobe Bryant a hug, wish him well and simply tell him to "please be safe" overseas.

But if the interest of the Lakers falls where it should -- the Lakers -- and the future, indeed, is what truly matters, every tactic should be exercised, every maneuver used and exhausted, to prevent their resident superstar and future Hall ...

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