Kobe Bryant has lost two of his most trusted allies this season, as both Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher were traded away from the Los Angeles Lakers. But according to a report breaking today, Kobe is intent on getting both players back after this season.
Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com writes that Bryant "is planning a hard push to recruit" Fisher and Odom as free agents this summer, according to a source. Bryant, however, has said very little publicly about the possibility.
“I don’t know," Bryant said of getting the recently departed Fisher back. "I would hope so. But I don’t know. When Fish and I talk, it’s about personal things because we’ve known each other for so long. Lamar too. We keep that other stuff out of it. It’s family, how are you doing, stuff like that."
Both players are struggling in their environments. Fisher is averaging just 3.8 points in 22 minutes per game while shooting 22.7 percent from the field with Oklahoma City, and Odom has been so unproductive in Dallas all season that he received the first DNP-CD of his career last week. The Lakers have done just fine without two players featured in their 2009 and '10 title-winning teams. Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum have led the team to a 31-19 record, third in the Western Conference.