No, Kobe Bryant is not asking for a trade

Kobe Bryant poses with Phil Jackson and the Lakers 2010 Championship trophy

“I hear the chatter of Kobe should ask out and he should go and play for a contender in this latter stage of his career. But that’s not what I do. I’m extremely loyal to the Lakers.

I believe in fighting through the tough times as well as enjoying the good times. It’s my responsibility to get us to be the best that we can be. It’s important that we approach that on a day-to-day basis.”

Kobe Bryant to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports