It was not Kobe. Kobe was left to fucking steer a rudderless ship when his job was not to steer but to be the best rower in the team of rowers. This team was fucked by Jerry Buss when he fucked over Jerry West one too many times and the final fuckup was the halfmeasure of giving his kids coownership knowing that they despised each other and would create a slow burning cold civil war within the organization. Jerry set the team and Kobe up to fail because he wanted Jim to have his shot at running the team. And when Jim saw the writing on the wall he brought in Deng and Mozgov as a final fuck you to the fans. Luckily Jeannie was able to bring Magic who is working his magic to get those contracts off the books. And do what Jim and Mitch promised but never delivered. LeBron and other top caliber FA.