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Kobe Bryant takes to Twitter to defend his contract extension

Nov 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant took a pay cut in signing his latest two-year contract extension with the Lakers, but for many fans of the team, it simply wasn’t enough.

Bryant’s deal will pay him in the neighborhood of $48.5 million over the next two years, and there’s no question he’s worth all of it and then some to the Lakers franchise. But given the league’s stricter salary cap guidelines that teams are forced to adhere to in the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, it leaves L.A. with limited options in terms of attracting free agents to build a contender in the immediate future.

That’s what Bryant has been hearing from Lakers fans via his social media channels since inking the deal, and he took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his extension.

Kobe is right in that the Lakers obviously did their math, and extended him for an amount that would leave the team enough cap space to offer a max contract to someone next summer in free agency. And, it’s impossible to begrudge the franchise icon for getting paid for two more seasons at a level that may or may not be too much for a player in his stage of his career with his skill set that may not be what it once was following the torn Achilles injury.

The reality is that even if Bryant had decided to play for a dollar next season, there was no guarantee that any of the marquee free agents would choose to come and play for the Lakers. There is too much uncertainty there, but there’s a definite business decision that was made by locking Bryant up at this price — ticket sales and watchability will feed dollars into the franchise, and short of competing for a sixth title that Bryant clearly would like to have to round out his Hall of Fame career, that’s what this business of basketball is all about.

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  1. antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    If you have to go on twitter to defend why you’re the highest paid player in a league – there’s something wrong. It’s like having to explain a joke. This joke does need some explaining though, that’s why it’s not funny.

    • apkyletexas - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      You are absolutely right there’s something wrong. There’s something wrong with Kobe repeatedly shouting that he “only wants rings” for years, and then when he has a chance to do something about it, he grabs as much cash as humanly possible and hurts his team’s chances.

      There’s something wrong with anyone who ever believed Kobe was somehow “different”. My advice? Cheer for Tim Duncan and his West-leading Spurs.

      • stadix093 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        Yeah, I remember when Duncan took less money so the spurs could rebuild. Since then they have won zero rings and the Lakers have won two. So either Duncan is an idiot it Mitch is a genius. I like Duncan so I’ll go with Mitch being a genius. There is no such thing as a sure thing in sports, let’s sit back and watch it play out before we hate. Go Lakers.

      • apkyletexas - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        @stadix – “Yeah, I remember when Duncan took less money so the spurs could rebuild. Since then they have won zero rings and the Lakers have won two.”

        Yeah, and your memory has holes – Duncan took his pay cut last off-season.

        Since then, the Spurs bounced the hapless Lakers in 4 games in the first round, and went on to take the defending champs to 7 games in the NBA finals. Because they had the deepest, most talented bench in the league. Which just got better by the way with the addition of Belinelli.

        Prior to last season, Duncan was a $21 million-per-year player. So your little theory is garbage.

      • cmehustle - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        I was about to say WTF??? Duncan just recently signed that contract! stadix has no idea what he’s talking about.

      • tebowtime713 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        Kobe raises a valid point though. The last collective bargaining agreement diminishes the value of the superstar by forcing them to leave money on the table in order to build a better team. Its not like the Lakers ever agreed to that terrible CBA agreement. I don’t see why he’s being attacked when he’s the sole reason the Lakers were able to sign a $3 Billion/20yr TV deal they don’t to share.

      • therealhtj - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        The worst thing is he couldn’t even STFU about this either. You took too much. You know you took too much. You always knew you were going to take too much, and then you get all bent when the fans finally figure out your whole rings mantra was just an act?

        One Max slot that no one wants helps this team not at all. I think Lower Merion’s business classes must’ve been lacking since I think most posters on this site have a firmer grasp of the salary cap and the negotiations during the last lockout. I also remember players holding on to dear life for their precious guaranteed contracts in that lockout – maybe you give those up and at least there’s some remedy to horrible contracts like this one.

        BTW – Duncan took less during his last two contracts and San Antonio has at least been in the hunt the whole time. Ever since Kobe took the extension that kicked in during the 2011 campaign, they’ve won 1 second round playoff game.

      • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Two things,

        1. Kobe having to explain himself is do the unforseen (in his mind) backlash that he is receiving and to probably give his fans notice that their is a plan in place

        2. Duncan, took a paycut true…but he is also not the best player on his team any longer. Just like when Garnett took his, Rondo was the best player. So they took paycut’s so others on the team can take the spot, unfortunately there is no one on the team to take that spot from Kobe at the moment. So its on to free agency….and unless we get Lebron or Melo (which both aren’t happening it appears) nobody in the free agent market we bring in is going to be better than Kobe.

        People always finding a reason to call the man selfish, when at the moment there is nothing to show that the team cannot do anything with this contract. Let’s watch it playout.

      • redbaronx - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        @apkyletexas – Amen. Kobe is a hypocrite and has always been the anithesis of a team player. I’m not a Spurs fan and I have my own hometown team (Wizards), but I regularly send emails to management that they should model themselves after the Spurs and Indiana, two teams that look for team players FIRST.

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        phack Duncan, he has the personality of horse poop, he belongs in San Antonio

    • therealhtj - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      @kobebryant Don’t tweet us, show us.

    • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      taking a 8 million dollar pay cut is “grabbing as much cash as possible” the kobe hate is real out here……..apkyletexas and antistratfordian troll on EVERY laker post…..never seen 2 peple invest so much energy into someone they despise…pull ya skirt down

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Can’t really call it “trolling” when it represents the sentiment of the majority. Let us refer to a SportsNation poll for reference:

        What do you make of the Lakers signing Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension reportedly worth $48.5 million?

        Good move – 38%
        Bad move – 62%

        (Total votes: 40,761)

        Even in California it’s 57% Bad out of 5,528 votes.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        when you do it, its troliing because no matter what tha laker/kobe article YOU TROLL IT….you trolled the Pau gasol giving back to the poor article….

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Just because you disagree with reality doesn’t mean reality represents trolling. Kobe’s fans have a hard time with this notion.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        You’re missing my point. It represents trolling because it comes from YOU….a troll…who takes every opportunity he can to laker/kobe bash. You speak as if your opinion is based on objectivity,thats the notion I have a hard time with. I’m a kobe/lakers fan im honest about that. Be honest about the fact that your a troll.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        You don’t have a point. You can only type “troll” 100 times.

        I can’t help you. One day maybe you’ll come around, until then – deal with it.

      • musician0785 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        I’m calling a spade, a spade…..deal with that.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Yeah, we’re just a nation of trolls right now because you say so. Stop it, guy. You’re just frustrated.

      • musician0785 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        I’m not frustrated with anything, I think you’re frustrated with the fact that I call it what it is.

      • musician0785 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        you come to every lakers post and spew something negative about the organization and its star player even though you’re a fan of another team (and I really wonder how long you’ve actually been a heat fan)….what would you call someone who does that?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Nope. I’ve also praised Kobe and the Lakers, but you only react to the criticism.

      • musician0785 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        How convenient, I’ve never seen it

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        and you seem to think that ALL Californians are laker fans….you do know that the lakers are one of FOUR nba teams in california…now if yo had a southern california poll, than what you say can MAYBE be taken seriously…

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Let’s see what some Lakers fans had to say from ClubLakers.com:

        Frank Dux:

        You guys know who else didn’t have a title core?

        The Miami Heat.

        Wade took a paycut alongside the other 2 max guys so they could fill out the roster. And the rest is history. There was no guarantee whatsoever for any of them, but rather a belief in each other. Say what you will about them, but you have to give them some credit.

        Is it that crazy wish that our franchise could do something similar? I mean, why not go for the home run, rather than settle for mediocrity. The Bryant extension wasn’t a Jerry Buss style move, this was a move that bad franchises make. I love Kobe, i’m one of his biggest fans. But he’s already had his payday, and i’m more concerned about the future of the franchise than being “loyal” to Bryant by throwing nearly half the cap at him.

        Rooscooter:

        So… Kobe will still be the highest paid player….. Coming off a serious injury. I knew he wouldn’t take anything less than 20 but I would have thought our front office would be smarter about this.

        Rooscooter is a loyal Lakers fan with over 19,000 posts on Clublakers. This next dude is a clublakers global moderator with over 35,000 posts. True Lakers fan.

        karacha:

        Why exactly was making Kobe the highest paid player in the league, and giving him 100K more that that atrocious contract of Amare S. a smart decision? Why not 19.1M, slightly more then the best player in the NBA or $2M more then the second best? Kobe would probably agree to that as well, and we’d have some extra money to work with?

        You still show loyalty, he still puts people in the seats etc.

        Meh.

        And there’s many more just like those, which prompted this post…

        sister golden hair:

        What a strange reaction from the majority of posters. Why are people taking their anger out on Kobe?

        So according to one Lakers fans even the “majority” of posters on Clublakers.com were going in on Kobe.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        so out of millions of laker fans you find 3 examples and i’m supposed to believe that its a microcosm of all laker fans thinking….umm no

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Well, it absolutely is – what do you think the hubbub is all about?

        Lakers fans are confused.

    • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      lets see how much money dwade and bosh leave on the table after this year….i can gurantee nobody is gonna come down on them as hard as ppl are coming down on Kobe….

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Why would they be treated the same way? They’re not the ones that were making $20+ million over the last 6 seasons, $25+ million over the last three seasons and $30 million this season. They didn’t just turn 35 coming off an achilles tear. If that was also their story they would get the same criticism.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        so because he’s 35+ ,rich, and injured he should turn down another 50 mil…even though the lakers AFTER the deal will still have about 40 mil in cap space….oh ok that makes sense……smh

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        so because he’s 35+ ,rich, and injured he should turn down another 50 mil…

        Well, under these circumstances… yes. That’s what Lakers fans were hoping he’d do.

      • musician0785 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        he took 8 million less per…..thats 16 over 2 years in cap space….the lakers fans that are confused are morons….and I think its funny that a heat fan keeps tryna speak for lakers fans…thats confusing

      • musician0785 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        he took 8 million less per…..thats 16 over 2 years in cap space….the lakers fans that are confused are morons….and I think its funny that a heat fan keeps tryna speak for lakers fans…thats confusing

      • antistratfordian - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        the lakers fans that are confused are morons

        Hey, you sound like Kobe there.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Kobe doesn’t have to defend anything, he has delivered 5ive BIG Gold basket ball trophies to the purple and gold and their fans base, the Buss family will make gazillions when Bryant takes over for Magic who has his gazillions invested in the Dodgers and will NO LONGER be the face of the franchise as Bryant will occupy the position for the next 40 years.

      Kobe, do you son, get your shine on!

      Laker/ Kobe fan in Brooklyn

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Well, regardless – Lakers nation is still somewhat perplexed. Kobe wouldn’t have taken to twitter if the objections were from outside of Lakers nation – but they are also coming from within. The LA Times wrote several harsh pieces about the new contract – some titled, “Kobe Bryant’s rich new contract may be Lakers’ Achilles’ heel” and “Kobe Bryant’s contract extension sticks Lakers in the middle” etc.

        Indeed, an LA Times poll shows that 61% of their readers think the Kobe contract is a “Bad deal.”

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        let me get this straight….you read a couple of articles in a NATIONAL newspaper…..read an online poll, and all of a sudden you think you’re in a position to comment on behalf of laker fans lmaoooooooooooooo what a joke of a troll you are

      • antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        @musician0785

        Why do you think Kobe has a problem? It’s not because Heat fans, or Knicks fans, or Jazz fans think his contract hurts the team – IT’S BECAUSE LAKERS FANS THINK HIS CONTRACT HURTS THE TEAM.

        He could care less if I think his contract is bogus – he cares if Lakers nation does though – and a large portion of them clearly do. That’s why he took to twitter.

      • musician0785 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        as if Laker fans were the only people talking about his contract….Lakers fans didnt declare him the 25th best player….but he sure took twitter to address that….and most fans are morons, we’re talking about the same people who overwhelmingly at the time would’ve chose shaq over Kobe in 2004…

  2. herlies - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    At 35 and coming off a devastating injury, Kobe wants 2 things…

    To be the highest paid player in the league no matter what, and the green light to gun for Kareem’s record.

    This deal accomplishes one and sets him up for a chance at the other. Besides, what is a 6th ring anyway? 6 is just a number. Nobody honestly thinks that one more salary cap obliterating, unfairly loaded roster that helps him win one more will actually put him in the same class as Jordan.

  3. e39er - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    You guys are ignorant as hell when it comes to hating on Kobe, first of all do the MATH sure he took what seem like a lot but first of all the state of CA tax the hell out of him, so he’s not getting the full amount versus so call Lebron taking a “paycut” when in reality the state of FL doesn’t tax them meaning he takes him more than some other players in other states that tax….

    Second of all Lakers got real, Lebron or Melo aernt coming to LA even if we free up 2 max players don’t mean people will still come….this way we can slowly build a team during and after Kobe is done playing, last but not least you guys have to look at 2015-16 that’s what the lakers a building for, if this year nobody bites then big deal we’ll just surround Kobe with top role players instead of a max contract and come 15-16 we can get better players

  4. cbrown386 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    There’s a clear message being sent to FAs. “Come to LA where we will overpay the hell out of you when you’re old!” Seems like a situation Carmelo wouldn’t turn down.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      That “message” is wrong. LA won’t be able to pay anyone but scrubs now that Kobe has left almost no cap money on the table.

      You know what message it sends? Kobe Bryant is a punk who doesn’t want to see the Lakers improve- at least not while he’s there.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        I wasnt aware that 40 million was “almost no cap money on the table”

      • topdawg4ever - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        They’ll be left with 18 million.

      • musician0785 - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        if kobe’s salary is about 24 mil by your calculations the salary cap would be 42 mil? uh i dont think so

  5. sampulls - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    These tweets = good reminder of why D.Howard left.

    • spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      @Sam
      Dwight is gone because he pretty much told the Buss family it’s Kobe or me. Thank GOD Jimbo didn’t mess that one up.

      • redbaronx - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        @spthegr8 – Your comment doesn’t make sampulls comment any less valid. Howard left because of Kobe’s attitude.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        @Red
        Wasn’t my intention. Just stating the facts!!

  6. m3dman3 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Kobe great player, hall of famer. That being said, I’m sick of Kobe as a person. He puts himself above the franchise, smug attitude, he is just so selfish. I love the lakers franchise albeit I’m a knicks fan but he is just an embarrassment now. Just like Melo is in New York.

    • topdawg4ever - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Exactly. Kobe fans never seem to understand this.

    • musician0785 - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      except for the fact that he has 5 rings, and melo hasn’t even been to the finals…..yea he’s just like melo was in new york, and how exactly did he put himself above the franchise? by accepting an offer? so selfish but averaged a career high in assists LAST YEAR.

  7. 00maltliquor - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Kobe…you don’t have to say a word bro. Why take to twitter to justify yourself? Seems pointless. Welcome back Mamba, excited to have you back for 2 more years. Let’s go to work!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Oh yeah!

  8. Sandro Fracca - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    At this point, if the Lakers let Kobe walk they have absolutely zero star power and a team which would be lottery bound for a decade. The money they’re paying him is pittance compared to what he draws as a ratings monster, and Kobe will statistically be better with the departure of Howard and imminent demise of Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. For a couple years, the deal gives the Lakers some breathing room to look around for the next big thing as Kobe goes for milestone achievements. They won’t miss the money, and Kobe retires as a Laker before they have to overhaul the roster. Don’t kid yourself, this deal is about keeping up appearances in L.A. not about winning a championship. Kobe is worth that much to the franchise for the dollar bills, not the wins at this point.

  9. smartconsumerwatchdog - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Why are you guys hating on Kobe for taking as much money he can from a team that made BILLIONS off him. Feeling sorry the Lakers is something the fans should be worried about. They got the money to pay 100 Kobe’s for life! So stop the Blood Clot complaining.

  10. pfic15 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Geez. This guy makes me feel for D12 who I can’t stand. Enjoy the $$$ Kobe. You won’t be getting another ring. The Lakers are destined for early playoff exits…IF they make the playoffs. Twitter defense..what a child.

    • spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      @pfic
      Aren’t you a Sun’s fan??

      • pfic15 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Thunder. Thanks.

  11. bknowledge - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    check what the Pope said yesterday about global capitalism…

    Kobe has made $328 million in basketball salary (not including endorsements)…

    Its not a reasonable justification to point out that the owners are billionaires…both of you are wrecking our society…

    Its like Mothra saying, “Don’t complain about me wrecking Tokyo, look at Godzilla over there!”

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      “both of you are wrecking our society…”

      If you have a problem with it, you’re welcome to not support the NBA. The money they make comes from your financial support, through attending games, watching them on TV, purchasing the products that sponsor the sport/teams, purchasing merchandise, etc.

      • bknowledge - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        If withdrawing my personal support were enough to create the type of world I’d like to be part off, I’d be happy to follow your advice asimmonetti. However, a wiser person than me said “All that evil needs to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” (or as you suggest, I should turn my back)…
        Unfortunately, these big sports industries don’t get their money simply by the ways you suggest…thru public funding of stadiums, police protection managing security at their events, the gift of the public airwaves, federal funds that support college basketball programs…and I could go on ad finitum…

        Maybe you don’t think there is anything evil/anything detrimental to our country about someone making $328 million dollars to play basketball while so many working people in this country are living at the poverty line?
        Well I do.
        I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment that guarantees a living wage. If every job paid a living wage, I’d honestly have no problem with the Kobes of the world making $328 million dollars. And, if every job paid a living wage, I’d be happy if the capital gains tax rate were dropped to zero and the corporate tax rate dropped to nearly zero (say 5%…to fund unemployment insurance, and liability for industrial accidents)…

    • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      the catholic church talking about global capitalism is a joke….

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        They are a non-profit organization. Except for the Mafia.

  12. stadix093 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    There isn’t a single person here who would turn down that amount of money, It was the first contract they offered him and he took it. It wasn’t like they offered him less first and he said no. I don’t understand how anyone can say he is selfish for taking what was offered to him. Mitch will make it work. He turned Kwame into Pau, a broken down Bynum into Howard and a Cocaine Lamar into CP3 (even though it was only for a minute). Every move he has mad has been perfect except the two coaches but that was more ownerships doing. I have faith int he Lakers. Also everyone praising the Spurs, I don’t remember what the second place trophy looks like, please remind me. Does it look anything like the one the Lakers get for the first round bounces? Seems like it does.

    • wkl21 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      it would’ve been Lamar & Pau for Chris Paul.

  13. lastdukestreetking - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    True that KG was not the best player on the C’s when he took a paycut. But Rondo wad not their best player – good playmaker, decent defender, but not enough offensive skills to be among the elite pg’s in the league. Their best player was Pierce.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      You speak The Truth.

  14. bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    The cost of Kobe’s deal is bad but the bigger issue is what it says to potential free agents: Coming to LA? Better be ready to play second fiddle to Kobe, he of 35 years old coming off a horrible injury. With Kobe chasing the scoring record to boot, how can you seel free agents on LA? Come to LA and oh yeah Kobe is still the man you have to defer to. Its not gonna attract anyone of note. This contract is to chase the record and make money for the Lakers. Championships have nothing to do with this deal.

    • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Or is says that if you become a superstar in LA, that we will take care of you until the end of your career.

      • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Well thats cool, and wise really. You should pay guys based off what they’ve done and not what they’re going to do. As such please sign Pau to a 5 year $100 million extension. They should take care of him after all right?

  15. homergreenz - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    What Kobe is saying, without actually saying it is that expect the Lakers to pay the luxury tax and possibly the repeater tax if they want to compete for a ring.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      They won;t be able to pay the luxury tax or anything else. They’ve consistently gone over the cap for years- now the NBA penalizes clubs so thoroughly they’ll end up paying almost double in taxes and penalties. Nobody- not even the Lakers can afford it. The Nets owner maybe…

  16. billtetley53 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Its not the point of turning down what was offered! Its about taking less to be able to put a competitive team on the floor! You don’t think they will take Care of Kobe after retirement? He will always be part orchid franchise.

    I think they know that no marquee players are coming while Kobe is there.The new cba is the death knell for the lakers and the way they used to do business.Its about time too.

  17. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Zach Lowe does a nice job of delving onto Kobe’s new deal on a Grantland piece. Nice bit of writing.

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/83785/the-true-hollywood-story-of-kobes-crippling-contract

  18. therealhtj - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Too bad he doesn’t defend his man this vigorously.

    • aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Are you saying that he is not a good man defender? He may not be the great team defender that he used to be when he was younger, but he was one of the better man defenders in the league last year.

      • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Umm no, he was one of the worst defenders in the league. The Lakers per 100 numbers got much better when he wasn’t on the floor. He roams on defense and takes risks non-stop.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        maybe that had something to do with nash either playing (terrible defense) or not playing…or the usual help defender (gasol) being hurt almost all of last year and being replaced with the quite possibly the worst help defender in the league in Antwon jamison…..take one TEAM stat and blame it kobe……classic hater talk

  19. unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    My problem is people are saying Kobe shouldnt get this money….i just want to know where people think the money is going to go. Who do you spend the money on. I don’t think that the contract was warranted BUT, i dont think its as much as a hindrance to the team as people are making it seem.

    We can either:

    A. get a max player and a bunch of other pieces
    B. Get two B list type players and pieces

    This isn’t the Lebron sweepstakes where everybody and their momma is available. There aren’t 2 superstars to sign, and may not even be 1 superstar to sign. So where do you want the money to go?

    • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Outside Miami, every big contender in the NBA was built through the draft (SA, OKC, IND) something the Lakers don’t know how to do. The new cap prevents the Lakers from using their old/current strategy of letting other teams develop guys and then signing them, unless they want to get annihilated on the luxury tax.

      So perhaps now is the time for the Lakers to come into the modern ages of NBA Basketball and accept being, God forbid, bad for a few years and accumulate some talent and you know, stop trading 2 first round picks for aging, injured point guards or giving players coming off devastating injuries the highest paid contract in the league without seeing 1 minute of game action.

      • musician0785 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        tell me how indiana drafted david west and scola, or how the clippers drafted cp3, redick, jamal crawford , or how the grizzlies drafted marc gasol, and zach randolph, or how golden state drafted david lee andrew bogut and igoudala….oh wait

      • lakaraidadodja - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Last I checked dude; they drafted James Worthy(3Chips) and Magic Johnson(5 Chips) . Also Andrew Bynum(2 Chips) and traded for a draft pick rookie: KOBE BRYANT (5 Chips)

        Soooo what you talking about…lol

    • aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      yea exactly unexpected, the lakers management obviously thought about this before offering the contract. And I may be wrong, but if they get one max player or near max player in next summer’s free agency, they can still give a healthy contract to pau and go over the cap next year, because Pau is already on the team.

  20. billtetley53 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    They left money on the table on the last set of contracts fool. See how that works? They took less than FMV, and they are winning titles. Kobes need to be highest paid, so as not to bruise his ego is pathetic, and detrimental to building the team. Not just next year, but the year after. You know damn well if they offered less than highest paid, he’d be “insulted” and sulk about it. I’m glad he did it. It just means that much longer for the lakers and the fanbase to suffer.

    • aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      how do you know he would sulk about it? And instead of saying things like “detrimental to the team”, why don’t you offer some solutions about where they can spend the extra money that you think they should have saved on kobe’s contract? Tell us about how it affects the team in the real world instead of just making assumptions.

  21. aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Everyone needs to stop criticizing kobe for taking money. You are not the GM, let’s see how it actually affects their spending power in the coming years before criticizing him. Lakers will go over the cap, they have a decent team they can put around kobe and a first round pick, it’s not your money so let’s see what actually happens. It shows how much kobe hate there is out there that arguably the greatest player of all time has to defend getting paid.

    • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Exactly, at the moment this has not prevented the Lakers for doing anything. So whether not this a bad move or not is purely speculation. Taking less money only works when you are doing it for a specific purpose, you dont just do it just to say “hey i’m gonna take less money so maybe you can do something”. Other people took less to sign specific individuals, not hypothetical players.

    • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Kobe is allowed to accept whatever money he’d like. Good for him getting this deal considering the circumstances. Alas what it definitely does is allow people to say he’s about money more than winning. Its not allowed to be debated anymore, Kobe just gave you his answer.

      • aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        you’re not analyzing the situation properly, buc. Look at what unexpected said, it’s not like kobe prevented them from signing anybody. It was just a hypothetical that he prevented them from signing anybody. He definitely wants to win and he mentioned that they still have room for a max, but there really aren’t any max guys available right now.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        @Buc
        If ( All be it, that IF is a very big if ) They win a championship, how can you say that??? I trust Mitch and his plan, whatever it may be! If we can add another Max-Guy with Kobe and Pau…..Let’s just put it like this, we would have a chance & that’s all you can ask for!!

      • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        But you don’t have a chance. You’re the third best team in California and at best, the 7th best team in the West, which makes you the 9th or 10th best team in the league. You still have no depth and you have no guarantees any better players are coming.

        Laker fans should read the Lowe piece because if they read it objectively, they’ll agree this contract is not good for them. It was a business move, not one to win championships.

      • aboogy123456 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Buc, you’re right that there’s no guarantee that the lakers will get the players that they need to win a championship in the next couple of years. But the real point is even with the kobe contract, there is no guarantee that they WON’T get the players they need to get them over the hump.

      • unxpexted1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        So next year hasn’t even started yet, no free agency, no draft, no trade deadline…and we’re already prognosticating this move as a failure. Chill out.

      • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        unxpexted1 – Nov 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM
        So next year hasn’t even started yet, no free agency, no draft, no trade deadline…and we’re already prognosticating this move as a failure. Chill out.
        ________________________________________________________________________

        You know whats absolutely hilarious about this? How many Laker fans handed themselves a title after they acquired Howard and Nash last August. And actually you can look at the totallity of the picture (again, read the Lowe piece) and realize the Lakers aren’t competing for anything anytime soon, unless they want to bite the bullet on a massive, historic, luxury tax bill that escalates year after year. If they didn’t care about the tax why did they amnesty a player who could help them right now?

  22. losanginsight - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I am pretty sure that a 16x Champion organization like the Lakers know and understand what they are doing. Kobe may know a few more things about the sports industry than bloggers and writers. Kobe will still be a top 5 scorer when he returns and will continue to sell out every game at home and on the road. The Lakes are not just thinking about this years FA class but also the FA classes over the next few years. Good GM’s tend to plan for the future as well, not put all their hopes in a player or 2. Kobe has been a top 3 player ever since he has been in the NBA and the injury may slow him down a step but in a league where there are only a handful of Super Stars that shouldn’t be a problem. Laker fans are knowledgeable about what’s going on and any expect the Lakers to put up banners ever year since the CBA and other owners, mostly those without any banners, have prevented that. While other teams are putting up team selfie banners and division banners, The Lakers will put up #17 soon enough and all will be back to normal in the NBA. Money is still a non issue to the Lakers and the Dodgers due to the massive TV deals so stop worrying about how it is spent. Thats what small market teams/fans without rings worry about.

  23. spthegr8 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    @Buc
    Right now, we don’t. If we can add a cpl of piece’s… Ya never know!!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      Who do you think you are, being positive and supportive about your team? Sarcasm intended.

  24. lakaraidadodja - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Cap space and luxury tax does not mean as much to the Lakers as other teams. Why? They have a 20 Billion dollar contract with Time Warner for the Next 20 years. They got that why? 7 Finals appearances and 5 Championships of which Kobe Bryant was a major part of. No Kobe, no championships, no contract worth Billions. So resigning the guy means they are paying him his dues and it means Kobe is looking good and healthy in practice .48 million compare to 20 billion is peanuts kids! That being said Pau will get resigned for like 30 mil over three years, we will go after Melo next year, and Westbrook and Love are available free agents in 2015 so they might go after one or both in Kobe’s final year. Kobe’s going to get another ring and the Lakers will remain competitive for years. GO LAKE SHOW!

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      What some Lakers fans fail to understand is that the salary cap limits how the Lakers can acquire players. It’s not that the Lakers would not spend to win, but the CBA limits what they can spend. In this case, the Lakers next summer would not even have the cap space to offer Carmelo a max deal. The owners set up this CBA not simply to put in a tax on teams but to tie their hands if they are over the tax line (can’t use full mid-level). Also, Lakers fans overestimate how the history of the franchise means to players — they want to win now and going to a big market helps, but the tradition is way, way down the list of priorities with free agents.

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