(A special TSD “We Saw it Coming” Flashback. The original story — below — was posted after the Lakers were swept in last year’s Western Conference Finals by the Mavericks.)
The Lakers' rebuilding process just got tougher as Kobe's wife Vanessa files for free agency.
DALLAS, TX (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) — It’s a scene the Bryants have enacted many times before: a triumphant Kobe Bryant leaves the floor and heads to the locker room where Vanessa Bryant and the couple’s two children wait, providing viewers at home with a warm Hallmark moment. While scripted down to Vanessa’s bionic smile, it’s been a demonstrable pr asset, seeming to humanize the aloof, self-absorbed, hard-to-like superstar.
But things took a horrible turn when a fuming Kobe stormed off the court after being swept by the Dallas Mavericks in a stunning 122-86 blow-out. There, as usual, was Vanessa in place under the stands, her two adorable daughters in tow, waiting to play out the by now familiar scene, when in a fit of anger Kobe turned and caught her flush on the jaw with a right cross. Stunned, she began to wobble and wilt, when Kobe rained down a flurry of vicious rights and lefts – scoring on close to 90% of his punches. Three Lakers and two American Airlines Center security guards had to pull Kobe off the by now thoroughly battered and bleeding Vanessa, and lead him into the locker room where he proceeded to berate his teammates. (more…)