As if the Lakers needed another distraction, Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa apparently are headed separate ways after news of their divorce filing hit the news yesterday. The former Mrs. Bryant signed the papers on Dec. 1., Kobe signed his response on Dec. 7 and it was filed Friday, according to the paper trail. Vanessa checked the ol’ catch-all “irreconcilable differences” box so there’s no specific reason known as to why the couple will be splitting after two kids and a decade of marriage. Reasons could range from her not being able to deal with Kobe’s inability to put the new toilet tissue on the roll to catching him bending over the maid. Reportedly, the couple had no prenup agreement and California’s a “community property” state which ultimately means…
…Vanessa’s about to be caked up. 10 years of doing nothing more than appearing at Lakers’ games and she’s going to get half of the Black Mamba’s accumulated wealth. And now, I regret not making my move a little under a year ago.
And there’s a half full, half empty way to view it all. On one hand, the former couple seems to have worked out the details in advance and all that’s left is paperwork and arrangements to be settled. Reports say they will share joint custody and Kobe’s already agreed to pay Vanessa spousal support. Minus the total details, everything’s essentially done. Half full. Yet the half empty POV says a divorce, Phil Jackson leaving, the team not landing Chris Paul plus losing Odom leave Kobe with a ton of distractions and discontent, both personally and professionally. Just Thursday, he told the press he’s “not sure what the hell the direction is, to be honest with you” in regards to what direction the franchise was headed.
The Lakers’ season is shaping up to be an interesting one.