Administrator2: Hi folks, and welcome to our live chat with Bill Plaschke!
Administrator2: Welcome, Bill!
BrownBomber: yo billy...
Bill Plaschke: hi!
GF: Hi Bill. Anything new on the Kobe situation? What do you think he should do? Should he go ahead and have the surgery or take his chances and play through it?
eddie: Will Kobe's injury damage his game and the Lakers?
jay: Can you please tell Kobe to stop being Mr Hero man and get the surgery done so he can be healthy in 6 weeks
jay: I can give you about 27 million reasons why the lakers had better still make the playoffs Gasol 13 mil Lamar 14 mil end of story Kobe take a seat get healthy we love you!
Bill Plaschke: Remember when Kobe said tht this year felt like Christmas? I can't imagine him walking away from all those presents (Gasol, Bynum). I've been him play throuhg much worse
Bill Plaschke: although nothing is worse than my typos
Stefan: I saw you on tv about 2 months ago laughing and saying "bye bye kobe." What do you have to say now? Are you currently a kobe lover and hater? It seems to change daily with you.
GF: So Bill, you think he should play through it and take his chances? I see igt as a huge gamble
Bill Plaschke: I think kobe bryant is an incredible player...and an incredible whiner....and often it's hard to balance the two. Often I wonder if he's worth the trouble. This year, they've got good players, so he's into it. But if they didn't? Remember, Kobe was the biggest Bynum hater on the planet
PadresLakers: Do the Lakers have long term plans for their current young bench squad (Ariza, Turiaf, Sasha, Farmar)?
Bill Plaschke: They love all those bench guys...they fit perfectly both in terms of salary and ability. they're a huge reason for the lakers success
lester: Why does Luke Walton seem protected from criticism by the media and also by PJ? His level of play has never been very high yet he continues to be in the starting Laker lineup and play lots of minutes.
Bill Plaschke: luke does things that jackson loves...he passes well, he moves well through the offense...but I agree with you, lester, I'm not really seeing where he's contributing that much
BrownBomber: On Clemens and McNamee, will the evidence provided by McNamee ever be tested? If so, doesn't that end all the hoopla one way or another. if clemens DNA is on it, it's over. if it's not, it's over as well...right?
Live chat with Bill Plaschke
Transcript: Times columnist Bill Plaschke took readers' questions in a live chat February 15.
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