Did Kobe change his tune?

Updated: April 22, 2003, 10:29 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Monday's story about Kobe Bryant opting out of his contract in 2004 created a mass hysteria in L.A.

Everyone from the L.A. Times' T.J. Simers to our faithful Insider readers got involved. It wasn't pretty.

We start with Simers, who tracked down Kobe in Minnesota to confirm an L.A. Daily News report that claimed Bryant had said that he'd opt out in 2004 and play the free-agent market.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer