Bill Plaschke wrote an outstanding column in today's Los Angeles Times about Jerry Buss' recent comments regarding Kobe Bryant. Plaschke, who over the years has observed Buss as closely as just about any media member out there, says the CliffsNotes version of Buss' statements is that Bryant is as good as gone. I think it's very likely the Lakers will struggle this season and Bryant will be gone by the trade deadline. Where? Chicago, New York, Phoenix? Too hard for me to say at this point.