This is where you and I differ. I think Kobe and Phil had more than their publicized run-ins and though Phil and Shaq also differed, they still worked well together.
Phils latest book showed that both Kobe and Shaq were to blame for the disharmony with The Laker team, but to me Kobe seemed to be more to blame than Shaq. And yes, I know Phil said that he is partly to blame for focusing more on Kobe's mistakes/faults, but Phil probably thought Kobe would be "adult enough" to take the critisizm. He knew Shaq was a big kid at heart and was trying to use that to his advantage, that's probably why Phil didn't push Shaq like he did with Kobe. Phil was right about Shaq, but was wrong about Kobe. :yes:
Kobe also thought the triangle was holding down his talent and that's why he disdained it and Phil for using it for Shaq instead of him. I think Phil knew what he was doing and if Shaq was showing signs of not handling being the main man, Phil would have changed the triangle to fit Kobe's needs. But Kobe was too restless and wanted to be the man, instead of gradually moving into the role of top gun. Now, Kobe has been literally thrown to the lions. Individually speaking, Kobe has been doing well considering the cirumstances, but the circumstances were caused by Kobe and deserves the blame/adulation The Lakers will be getting. :curse:
This is where I blame Kobe for what has happened to the Lakers. Management also had a hand in the release of Phil and Shaq, but Kobe never stood up for either of them (though I can understand why not Shaq, but Phil???