Kevin Garnett doesn't ask for a trade and he gets criticized for staying with a poorly run team with minimal NBA talent and no plan for improvement.
Kobe Bryant does ask for a trade and he gets criticized for wanting to leave a poorly run team with minimal NBA talent and no plan for improvement.
Kobe needs to realize that no matter what he says or does, he will be resoundly criticized and vilified. If he contributes a million dollars to a charity while donating a kidney to an orphan-he's just trying to rebuild his image while decreasing the time he spends pissing. So Kobe, if you're reading this:
Get a life- my family won't read this. Read a book or something. And stick to your trade demands. Michael Jordan couldn't win with Kwame Brown on his team.
Note- Lakers team owner Jerry Buss was arrested for DUI. No one protested or called their local talk show host, despite the fact that 17491 people died in alcohol related accidents in 2006.