Bottom line, no one's happy, except there are a few Kobe-enablers out there, too. Those same people who said only what happens on the court matters; and yet are as blind as you to what's really happening with your career.
Shaquille O’ Neal, one of the most easy-going people in all of sports, got fed up with you and abandoned a successful run. Kobe, can you not look back and see the 2004-2005 season; that one where the towering Lakers' legacy fell to a 34-48 season and - what’s that - that’s right, and missed the playoffs.
It's the same Lakers who are this season struggling to breathe and stay off the bottom of their division (and the league). You aren’t good enough KB to carry a team or a sport you seem to have contempt for.
Why, if it wasn’t for the money, you wouldn't want to play at all.
Early retirement sounds good. Fake an injury.
Get out and join T.O. in the WWE.