Phil Jackson is officially out.
Shaq still has years on his contract.
Kobe opted out of his contract.
There's no reason for LA to try to keep Kobe on board when he obviously wants to leave. And on top of that, who knows what will happen in his trial. Why would LA risk shelling out a huge contract to someone who may or may not be available to play next year?
If you surround Shaq w/ role players, LA will be able to win the championship again. The 3 championships that LA won, they won off the back of O'Neal (he was finals MVP all three times if I'm not mistaken). No one in the NBA has an answer for Shaq. Kobe can be more or less contained, but Shaq is a monster.
there's no reason to pick kobe over shaq.
The only reason Buss would get rid of Shaq and Phil is if he knew he could keep Kobe.
He's not going anywhere.