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Bryant suggests it's time to move on from Lakers


Los Angeles superstar Kobe Bryant posted a not so subtle suggestion on his Web site on Sunday that a change of scenery might be the best thing for him and the Lakers.

"The more I thought about the future, the more I became convinced that the Lakers and me just have two different visions for the future," Bryant wrote.

The two-time NBA scoring champion has become increasingly upset over the direction of the Lakers.

"When you love something as much as I love the Lakers [it's] hard to even imagine thinking about being elsewhere," he wrote. "But, the one thing I will never sacrifice when it comes to basketball is winning."

Bryant said earlier this month that he is fed up with empty promises from the Lakers' management and it is time to move on via the trade route.

Bryant, who joined the Lakers in 1996, has four years left on his contract, which also includes a no trade clause.

"Now there is a new road ahead," he wrote on Sunday. "I am gonna keep grinding and keep working to get back to competing for championships. Sometimes the trek up the mountain is tough."

"The Lakers are pursuing a longer-term plan that is different from what Dr. Buss shared with me at the time I re-signed as a free agent," he wrote.

"I have seen that plan unfold for the last three years and watched great trade opportunities come and go, and have seen free agents passed on," he wrote. "That has led to the Lakers not winning a playoff series."

Bryant has become increasingly frustrated by the Lakers' poor performance in the regular season and playoffs. The Phoenix Suns eliminated the Lakers in five games in this year's post-season.

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